At the Feet of Sri Ramakrishna
Finding wisdom for our everyday lives in the words of one of India's greatest saints
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The Human Body is a Boiling Pot

The human body is like a boiling pot; the mind and the senses are like its contents.

Put the pot with its ingredients on the fire; it will be so hot it will burn your finger when you touch it. But the heat does not belong to the pot, nor to its contents, but to the fire.

So it is the fire of God in a person that causes the mind and the senses to perform their functions, and when that fire is put out, the mind, the senses, the organs, also stop.


A brilliant concept. This pot, the body, produces no heat of its own. Its contents only "cook" because of the energy provided by the "fire" which is God.

The name used for "God" here is "Brahman," the Supreme God whose body is the universe.

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