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InnerNet Weekly: Inspirations from
The Salt Doll
by Ramakrishna Paramhansa

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2556.jpgA salt doll journeyed for thousands of miles over land, until it finally came to the sea.

It was fascinated by this strange moving mass, quite unlike anything it had ever seen before.

“Who are you?” said the salt doll to the sea.

The sea smilingly replied, “Come in and see.”

So the doll waded in.

The farther it walked into the sea the more it dissolved, until there was only very little of it left.

Before that last bit dissolved, the doll exclaimed in wonder, “Now I know what I am!”

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Original parable by Ramakrishna Paramhansa, about a salt doll who wanted to measure the depth of the ocean. Edited above by Anthony De Mello.

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What does self-realization mean to you? Can you share an experience where you got a glimpse of who you truly are? How do you reconcile gaining an awareness of the ocean-like vastness about your true nature with the loss of the opportunity for the salt-doll experience?
Jagdish P Dave wrote: I love this short parable. I teaches us that under the duality there is oneness. The salt doll realizes that oneness by dissolving the separarateness. Our persoanl ego-based identity does not realize …
vinod wrote: A gem of a parable! A perfect example of ‘complete surrender’. The ‘dissolved’ ego, quite literally. Where there’s not a trace of I, me, mine. If only realisation could be this simple 🙂 walk, on salt…
David Doane wrote: Such a lovely and profound story. Self-realization means to me becoming aware of what I really am, that is, I am Being or Ultimate Reality or Consciousness or God materialized in human form. I got l…
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