Saint of Mt. Koya
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"I chewed one of my Seishintan pills, mixed it with saliva, and plastered it on the wounds left by the leeches. Then, once again, I was able to enjoy the beauty of the world around me. Indeed, I felt as though I had been restored to life. At the same time I began to wonder anew about what had happened to the medicine peddler from Toyama. Surely he was in the swamp behind me, reduced by now to mere skin and blood. No doubt his wasted corpse was languishing in some dank part of the forest, covered with hundreds of those filthy creatures who would be devouring his very bones. Even if I were to go back and find him and pour vinegar on the leeches to remove them, I would be too late to save him. Reasoning thus, I did not look back, but continued down the slope at a rapid pace.

"I heard the sound of rushing water at the bottom of the hill, where I found a stream spanned by a short, earthen bridge. As soon as I heard the sound of the stream, I wanted to throw myself into the water to cleanse my body of the effects of the swarms of leeches. Thinking only of how nice it would be to immerse myself in the water, I did not even worry about the bridge collapsing under me. I went straight across without regard for the danger, and although it trembled a little, I passed on without difficulty. On the other side, the slope started upwards again and I gathered my resolve to meet the challenge of the climb."


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