Three types of Man

In the spiritual context, the type of Man are of three kinds - the first are made of salt, the second of cloth, and the third of stone. Now if these dolls be immersed in water, the first will dissolve and lose their form, the second will absorb a large quantity of water, but retain their form; while the third will prove quiet impervious.

The first figures represent the man who has merged himself in the Universal and All-pervading Self and become one with it. This is the Muktapurusha (free soul). The second represents the true lover or Bhakta who is full of Divine Bliss and Knowledge. And the third are those worldly men whose minds will not allow even the smallest drop of the Supreme Knowledge to enter.

- Sri Ramakrishna Paramhamsa