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Teachings from the Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna

God alone does everything, He is the Operator and man the machine. Vedanta philosophy gives an illustration.

Suppose you are cooking rice in a pot, with potato, eggplant, and other vegetables. After a while they begin to jump about in the pot. They seem to say with pride: 'We are moving! We are jumping!'

The children see it and think the potatoes, eggplant, and rice are alive and so they jump that way.

But the elders, who know, explain to the children that the vegetables and the rice are not alive; they jump not of themselves, but because of the fire under the pot; if you remove the burning wood from the hearth, then they will move no more.

Likewise the pride of man, that he is the doer, springs from ignorance.

Men are powerful because of the power of God.

The puppets dance well on the stage when pulled by a wire, but they cannot move when the wire snaps.

The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna, 893