``In the great temple at Benares, says he,
beneath the dome which marks the centre of the world, rests a
brass plate in which are fixed three diamond needles, each a cubit
high and as thick as the body of a bee. On one of these needles,
at the creation, God placed sixty-four discs of pure gold, the
largest disc resting on the brass plate, and the others getting
smaller and smaller up to the top one. This is the Tower of Bramah.
Day and night unceasingly the priests transfer the discs from
one diamond needle to another according to the fixed and immutable
laws of Bramah, which require that the priest on duty must not
move more than one disc at a time and that he must place this
disc on a needle so that there is no smaller disc below it. When
the sixty-four discs shall have been thus transferred from the
needle on which at the creation God placed them to one of the
other needles, tower, temple, and Brahmins alike will crumble
into dust, and with a thunderclap the world will vanish.''