1Now it happened that one day two Nubians were walking together on their way to Aswan. One of them had only one eye. His friend said to him ěCome on, letís receive a blessing at the hands of this great manî (abba Aaron).
The one-eyed man said ěHe isn't a great man; if he really is, let him open my eye,î and while the words were still in his mouth, his eye-which had been blind-regained its sight, but his good eye became blind ! When his friend saw what had happened, he was utterly amazed and said to him ěDidn't I tell you that he is a very great man?î The one-eyed man said ěIts no great loss, for one eye has been shut while the other has been opened. However lets go to him perhaps heíll give light to the other eyeî
So the two of them came to the holy man Abba Aaron. My father said to the Nubian, who was not a believer, ěSince you think its no great loss, why are you here ?î Immediately he became very fearful and said ěopen my eyeî And immeditely he was able to see with the other eye. And the two believed and went away joyful, and they proclaimed throughout the whole country the miracle which had taken place.
2Abba Aaron lived the monastic life in this manner. On the day he ate, he would drink no water and day he drank water he would not eat. Now it happened that one night when we were both sleeping at home, the demons took on fantastical shapes and were crying out in the valley below with the voices of roaring lions. When I heard them I was terrified and so I shook my father awake and said ěLions are attacking usî. But he said to me ěDo not be afraid my son, for it is written: through our God we shall do a great thing, and again, Let God arise, and let his enemies be scatteredî
After he said these things we rose and went to the upper room. The demons were crying out as before and some of them were saying ěBring them here so we can kill themî while others were saying ěLetís kill them where they areî The holy one knew through the Spirit that they were demons and he said to me ělet us give ourselves to prayerî And as soon as we had given ourselves to prayer, the demons fled through the valley.