After the first two years he lapsed into silence. For years he never spoke a word. There was no fanaticism in this except a disinclination to be engaged in conversation. He has been speaking and teaching for the last six years.
He speaks the languages of Southern India, and English. He knows the most important part of the Hindu Scriptures by heart, and is well acquainted with Christian History and Bible Times.
Not many know his name or anything more about him than the story of leaving his home which he has himself told to his chelas, and that he is a brahmin by birth. His personality is the striking thing about him, and strange stories are told by credible witnesses. For example: