TEXT 279
lohāke yāvat sparśi' hema nāhi kare
tāvat sparśa-maṇi keha cinite nā pāre
lohāke—iron; yāvat—as long as; sparśi'-touching; hema—gold; nāhi—not; kare—transforms; tāvat—until then; sparśa-maṇi—the touchstone; keha—someone; cinite—to recognize; —not; pāre—is able.
As long as it does not turn iron into gold by its touch, no one can recognize an unknown stone to be a touchstone.

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