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CC Madhya 6.279


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.