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case. This old man he spoke of was a dark Dravidian, who had been working in this country for fifty years. Of course, Subba Row gave no further explanation. Possibly, it may have been the great Adept known to Indians as Dattatreya, who enjoys a veneration unequalled even to-day. He referred to Dattatreya, on one occasion, as Trimurti-Atmakam, which meant, I take it: "In Him the Power of three Logoi has found expression." In the note to one of the articles in The Theosophist signed, T S.R., he refers to this Dattatreya, as the type of one of the three classes of Adepts. The representatives of the other two are Durvasas and Chandra. On the top of Baba Budan Hills in Mysore, there is a Shrine of Dattatreya and of his mother, Anasuya, which attracts pilgrims from Maharashtra, every year. "This Dattatreya," Subba Row said, "was the Maharshi who helped an Emperor of his time, Kartikeya by name, to carry on his great government." On one occasion Subba Row said that a Muhammadan priest who looked after a Muhammadan tomb on the Hills succeeded in invoking Dattatreya, and when the Maharshi appeared, the fool of a Muhammadan prayed for a boon in the shape of a lace turban, instead of liberation, which the Rshi might have managed to secure for him. It seems that this Maharshi appears in the shape of a big tree to these who invoke him. Anasuya, his mother, is one of the great Indian female Adepts. She was