Veeraswamy Krishnaraj
Bosco was an eight-year-old boy, born and brought up in a village in Tamil Nadu, India. He was a Yogi in making. He had many friends to play and visit with in their homes. He had the strange feeling that he could change into an animal at will. One day, in the village, a wild bull chased him through the streets. He could not outrun the bull. He willed to be a cat to escape the bull, quickly morphed into a feline, climbed up a tree and looked down from the tree at the bull foaming at the mouth. A while later, the owner came, took away the bull and never let it out of its pen.
Bosco’s transfiguration into a cat was lifesaving. He wanted to use the newfound unique gift for helping people and animals in distress.
Once he went to his friend’s home to play with him. His friend was not home. At the entrance to the house, he saw a cobra with its unique hood raised in a strike mode. Immediately Bosco turned into a mongoose unseen by anyone and began annoying the cobra by biting it. By doing this, he drew the snake into the forest a mile away. Nobody witnessed his transformation, but the spectators saw the mongoose chasing the cobra away into the forest. Midway to Suresh’s house, unseen by anyone, Bosco morphed into his old self, and went to his friend’s house to play with him.
He never let anyone, including his family, know his unique ability.
Bosco was on his way to becoming a Yogi with special abilities.

Here are stories wherein man becomes animal by intention and reverts to human, when the mission is complete. He may even take an incorporeal form (a ghost). He has the ability to be in many places and continents at one time as the conditions demand.   He can undergo transformation, shapeshifting, metamorphosis, transmutation, transfiguration. He can make a duplicate person out of himself. When a Yogi becomes an animal, the resulting being appears like an animal (cow, horse…). He could act and talk through the real or created being, as the condition demands. He can move moutains, fly in the air, swim in the ocean and has the capability like a Yogi to become small, large and be in many places at one  time. He can adopt, adapt and become integral to any culture, conditions, environment, continents... He can look like a native-born person of any nation, and speak any language fluently at a place and time.

The Yogi's special qualities are

1.    Anima. (smallness):  Supernatural power of becoming as small as an atom, atomization

2.    Mahima. (largeness): The supernatural power of increasing size at will

3.    Gharima. The supernatural power of making one self heavy at will

4.    Laghima. (lightness): The supernatural power of levitation

5.    Prāptih. Supernatural power to obtain everything

6.    Praakaamya. Capacity to accomplish anything desired

7.    Isitva. Supremacy or superiority considered as a super natural power

8.    Vashistva. The supernatural power of subduing all to one's own will

                                ---Definitions as found in Tamil Lexicon, Madras University

Bosco, in his teenage years, and Ramduth (named after Lord Rama's messenger, Hanuman) went on vacation in a car. They were on a highway somewhere in India. Ramduth, the performing monkey, sat on Bosco’s lap and held the steering wheel. Suddenly, Bosco became an incorporeal ghost. People saw the monkey driving the car, but in truth, Bosco was the real driver.

To show off his ability, he entered the racetrack, speeding. All the people were surprised to see the monkey driving the car at breakneck speed. After a few rounds on the track, Bosco drove off and materialized, much to the monkey’s relief. That prank was big news in the local newspaper the next day. He dematerialized again.

They stopped at an open-air food mart. Both were hungry. Bosco asked the monkey to perform some somersaults and reverse somersaults for the food merchants to get some free food. The merchants willingly gave enough food and water for both.

The car was speeding, and a highway police officer clocked it at 70 miles in a 50-mile speed zone. As if that wasn’t bad enough, he saw a  monkey driving the car. With his ire on fire, the officer pulled the car over, and Ramduth was at the wheel. The police officer was not amused but was thoroughly confused as to who the driver was: Was it a real monkey or someone in zoot suit? As the officer approached the car on the driver side, Ramduth, the monkey offered the officer a banana, which made the cop hop with joy and pop the fruit in his mouth. (The fruit is an offering [Prasadasm = sacrament] from Monkey God, Hanuman.) Bosco explained through the medium of Ramduth, ''I am a performing monkey.'' A talking monkey: that heightened the officer's incredulity and curiosity. The officer asked the talking monkey for his driver’s license and registration. Ramduth jumped out of the car and performed some tricks for the cop. Seeing the tricks, the officer observed that he wished his children were there to witness the performing monkey. The officer let them go without a speeding ticket, telling Ramduth, ''Have a nice day. You made my day.''

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As Bosco was driving, they saw a mango grove on the roadside. The owner had a stall selling ripe mangos. The first thing Ramduth did was to pose like Hanuman, standing on his hind limbs with his right hand raised high in a divine blessing pose. The stall owner, a devotee of Lord Rama, prostrated at the feet of Ramduth and gave them a bag of ripe mangos. He cut some mangos for them to eat on the spot. Bosco and Ramduth took leave of the merchant after offering their gratitude.