Once he prayed to Kannon, confessing his offenses, and had a dream. A man said to him, "In your previous existence you were the child of Kusakabe no Saru in Wake district, Iyo province. At that time while reciting scripture you burned one character with a lamp so that you could no longer read it. Now, go and see."
When he awoke, he was filled with wonder, and said to his parents, "I want to go to Iyo on urgent business." They consented.