There are three dolls―
the first made of salt,
the second made of cloth, and
the third of stone.
If these dolls are immersed in water,
the first will become dissolved and lose its form,
the second will absorb a large quantity of water but retain its form, and
the third will remain impervious to water.
The first doll represents the man who merges his self in the universal and all-pervading Self and becomes
one with It;
he is the liberated man.
The second represents the Bhakta or the true lover of God,
who is full of Divine bliss and knowledge.
And the third represents the worldly man who will not admit even a particle of true knowledge into his heart.