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About the Author: Ramana Maharshi (1879-1950) is widely acknowledged as one of the outstanding
Indian gurus of modern times. He was born in Tiruchuli, Tamil Nadu (South India), named Venkataraman Iyer. At the age of sixteen, Venkataraman lost his sense of individual selfhood, an awakening which he later recognised as enlightenment. A few weeks thereafter he traveled to the holy mountain Arunachala, at Tiruvannamalai, where he remained for the rest of his life.

His first years were spent in solitude, but his stillness and his appearance as a sanyassin soon attracted devotees. In later years, he responded to questions, but always insisted that silence was the purest teaching. His verbal teachings flowed from his own understanding of Reality. In later years a community grew up around him, were he was available twenty-four hours a day to visitors. Though worshipped by thousands, he never allowed anyone to treat him as special, or receive private gifts. He treated all
with equal respect. Since the 1930s, his teachings have also been popularised in the west. Venkataraman was renamed Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi by one of his earliest followers, Ganapati Muni. This was the name he became known by to the world. In response to questions on self-liberation and the classic texts on Yoga and Vedanta, Ramana recommended self-enquiry as the principal way to awaken to the "I-I",[web 1] realizing the Self and attaining liberation. He also recommended Bhakti, and gave his approval to a variety of paths and practices. See website for more info - http://www.sriramanamaharshi.org/

“Happiness is your nature. It is not wrong to desire it. What is wrong is seeking it outside when it is inside.”
― Ramana Maharshi


“Wanting to reform the world without discovering one's true self is like trying to cover the world with leather to avoid the pain of walking on stones and thorns. It is much simpler to wear shoes.”
― Ramana Maharshi


“Have faith in God and in yourself; that will cure all. Hope for the best, expect the best, toil for the best and everything will come right for you in the end.”
― Ramana Maharshi


“Your duty is to be and not to be this or that. 'I am that I am' sums up the whole truth. The method is summed up in the words 'Be still'. What does stillness mean? It means destroy yourself. Because any form or shape is the cause for trouble. Give up the notion that 'I am so and so'. All that is required to realize the Self is to be still. What can be easier than that?”
― Ramana Maharshi


“Know that the eradication of the identification with the body is charity, spiritual austerity and ritual sacrifice; it is virtue, divine union and devotion; it is heaven, wealth, peace and truth; it is grace; it is the state of divine silence; it is the deathless death; it is jnana, renunciation, final liberation and bliss.”
― Ramana Maharshi


“Aim high, aim at the highest, and all lower aims are thereby achieved. It is looking below on the stormy sea of differences that makes you sink. Look up, beyond these and see the One Glorious Real, and you are saved.”
― Ramana Maharshi


“There is neither creation nor destruction,
neither destiny nor free will, neither
path nor achievement.
This is the final truth.”
― Ramana Maharshi, Sayings of Sri Ramana Maharshi


“Whatever is destined not to happen will not happen, try as you may. Whatever is destined to happen will happen, do what you may to prevent it. This is certain. The best course, therefore, is to remain silent.”
― Ramana Maharshi


“The pure mind is itself Brahman; it therefore follows that Brahman is not other than the mind of the sage.”
― Ramana Maharshi, Talks with Ramana Maharshi: On Realizing Abiding Peace and Happiness


“If the mind falls asleep, awaken it. Then if it starts wandering, make it quiet. If you reach the state where there is neither sleep nor movement of mind, stay still in that, the natural (real) state.”
―  Ramana Maharshi, The Collected Works of Ramana Maharshi


“What is illusion?
M.: To whom is the illusion? Find it out. Then illusion will vanish.
Generally people want to know about illusion and do not examine
to whom it is. It is foolish. Illusion is outside and unknown. But
the seeker is considered to be known and is inside. Find out what
is immediate, intimate, instead of trying to find out what is distant
and unknown.”
― Ramana Maharshi, Talks with Ramana Maharshi: On Realizing Abiding Peace and Happiness


“Time is only an idea. There is only the Reality Whatever you
think it is, it looks like that. If you call it time, it is time. If you
call it existence, it is existence, and so on. After calling it time, you
divide it into days and nights, months, years, hours, minutes, etc.
Time is immaterial for the Path of Knowledge. But some of these
rules and discipline are good for beginners.”
― Ramana Maharshi, Talks with Ramana Maharshi: On Realizing Abiding Peace and Happiness


“All are gurus to us, the wicked by their evil deeds say 'do not come near me'. the good are always good, therefore all are like gurus to us.”
― Ramana Maharshi


By whatever path you go, you will have to lose yourself in the one. Surrender is complete only when you reach the stage `Thou art all' and `Thy will be done'.
― Ramana Maharshi


Peace is your natural state. It is the mind that obstructs the natural state.
― Ramana Maharshi


When you give up thinking of outward objects and prevent your mind from going outwards by turning it inwards and fixing it in the Self, the Self alone remains.
― Ramana Maharshi


Whatever is done lovingly, with righteous purity and with peace of mind, is a good action. Everything which is done with the stain of desire and with agitation filling the mind is classified as a bad action.
― Ramana Maharshi


Pain or pleasure is the result of past Karma and not of the present Karma. Pain and pleasure alternate with each other. One must suffer or enjoy them patiently without being carried away by them. One must always try to hold on to the Self. When one is active one should not care for the results and must not be swayed by the pain or pleasure met with occasionally. He who is indifferent to pain or pleasure can alone be happy.
― Ramana Maharshi


If someone we love dies, it causes grief to the one who continues living. The way to get rid of grief is not to continue living. Kill the griever, and who will then remain to grieve? The ego must die. That is the only way. The two alternatives you suggest amount to the same. When all are realised to be the one Self, who is there to love or hate?
― Ramana Maharshi


Ask yourself the question. The body (annamayakosa) and its functions are not ‘I’. Going deeper, the mind (manomayakosa) and its functions are not ‘I’. The next step takes one to the question: Wherefrom do these thoughts arise? The thoughts may be spontaneous, superficial, or analytical.
― Ramana Maharshi


Seeking the source of the ‘I’ serves as a means of getting rid of all other thoughts. You should not allow any scope for other thoughts such as you mention, but should keep the attention fixed on finding the source of the ‘I’- thought by asking, when any other thought arises, to whom it occurs; and if the answer is ‘to me’, you then resume the thought: ‘What is this ‘I’ and what is its source?’
― Ramana Maharshi


After the rise of the `I'-thought there is the false identification of the `I' with the body, the senses, the mind, etc. `I' is wrongly associated with them and the true `I' is lost sight of.
― Ramana Maharshi


Liberation is not anywhere outside you. It is only within. If a man is anxious for deliverance, the internal Guru (Master) pulls him in and the external Guru pushes him into the Self. This is the grace of the Guru.
― Ramana Maharshi


To enquire `Who am I ?' really means trying to find out the source of the ego or the `I'-thought. You are not to think of other thoughts, such as `I am not this body'. Seeking the source of `I' serves as a means of getting rid of all other thoughts. We should not give scope to other thoughts, such as you mention, but must keep the attention fixed on finding out the source of the `I' - thought by asking, as each thought arises, to whom the thought arises. If the answer is `I get the thought' continue the enquiry by asking `Who is this "I" and what is its source?`
― Ramana Maharshi


See whose thoughts they are. They will vanish. They have their root in the single `I'-thought. Hold it and they will disappear.
― Ramana Maharshi


Self-enquiry is the one infallible means, the only direct one, to realize the unconditioned, absolute being that you really are.
― Ramana Maharshi


Setting apart time for meditation is only for the merest spiritual novices. A man who is advancing will begin to enjoy the deeper beatitude whether he is at work or not. While his hands are in society, he keeps his head cool in solitude.
― Ramana Maharshi


Creation is neither good nor bad; it is as it is. It is the human mind which puts all sorts of constructions on it, seeing things from its own angle and interpreting them to suit its own interests.
― Ramana Maharshi


If a man thinks that his happiness is due to external causes and his possessions, it is reasonable to conclude that his happiness must increase with the increase of possessions and diminish in proportion to their diminution. Therefore if he is devoid of possessions, his happiness should be nil. What is the real experience of man? Does it conform to this view?
― Ramana Maharshi


Just on waking from sleep and before becoming aware of the world there is that pure `I, I'. Hold on to it without sleeping or without allowing thoughts to possess you. If that is held firm it does not matter even if the world is seen. The seer remains unaffected by the phenomena.
― Ramana Maharshi


You are awareness. Awareness is another name for you.
Since you are awareness there is no need to attain or cultivate it. All that you have to do is to give up being aware of other things, that is of the not-Self. If one gives up being aware of them then pure awareness alone remains, and that is the Self.
― Ramana Maharshi


What is the ego? Enquire. The body is insentient and cannot say `I'. The Self is pure consciousness and non-dual. It cannot say `I'. No one says `I' in sleep. What is the ego then? It is something intermediate between the inert body and the Self. It has no locus standi. If sought for it vanishes like a ghost.
― Ramana Maharshi


If you keep on making the enquiry till you fall asleep, the enquiry will go on during sleep also. Take up the enquiry again as soon as you wake up.
― Ramana Maharshi


The Self alone is real. All others are unreal. The mind and intellect do not remain apart from you. The Bible says, `Be still and know that I am God.' Stillness is the sole requisite for the realization of the Self as God.
― Ramana Maharshi


If one surrenders oneself there will be no one to ask questions or to be thought of. Either the thoughts are eliminated by holding on to the root-thought `I', or one surrenders oneself unconditionally to the higher power. These are the only two ways for realization.
― Ramana Maharshi


If the longing is there, realization will be forced on you even if you do not want it. Long for it intensely so that the mind melts in devotion. After camphor burns away no residue is left. The mind is the camphor. When it has resolved itself into the Self without leaving even the slightest trace behind, it is realization of the Self.
― Ramana Maharshi


Greedily begging for worthless occult powers [siddhis] from God, who will readily give himself, who is everything, is like begging for worthless stale gruel from a gene rous-natured philanthropist who will readily give everything.
― Ramana Maharshi


If one scrutinises one's own Self, which is bliss, there will be no misery at all in one's life. One suffers because of the idea that the body, which is never oneself, is `I'; suffering is all due to this delusion.
― Ramana Maharshi


You withdraw your mind completely from the world and turn it within and abide there, that is, if you keep awake always to the Self which is the substratum of all experiences, you will find the world of which you are now aware is just as unreal as the world in which you lived in your dream.
― Ramana Maharshi


There is neither past nor future. There is only the present. Yesterday was the present to you when you experienced it, and tomorrow will be also the present when you experience it. Therefore, experience takes place only in the present, and beyond experience nothing exists.
― Ramana Maharshi


You are now thinking that you are the body and therefore confuse yourself with its birth and death. But you are not the body and you have no birth and death.
― Ramana Maharshi


Peace is absence of disturbance. The disturbance is due to the arising of thoughts in the individual, which is only the ego rising up from pure consciousness. To bring about peace means to be free from thoughts and to abide as pure consciousness.
― Ramana Maharshi


All these events happen according to destiny. All the activities that the body is to go through are determined when it first comes into existence. It does not rest with you to accept or reject them. The only freedom you have is to turn your mind inward and renounce activities there.
― Ramana Maharshi


Solitude is in the mind of man. One might be in the thick of the world and maintain serenity of mind. Such a one is in solitude. Another may stay in a forest, but still be unable to control his mind. Such a man cannot be said to be in solitude. Solitude is a function of the mind. A man attached to desires cannot get solitude wherever he may be, whereas a detached man is always in solitude.
― Ramana Maharshi


Look within. See the Self ! Then there will be an end of the world and its miseries.
― Ramana Maharshi


Seek the source of the mind, and you find the mind does not exist at all. The mind, turned outwards, results in thoughts and objects. Turned inwards, it becomes itself the Self.
― Ramana Maharshi


The one unalterable reality is being. Until you realize that state of pure being you should pursue the enquiry. If once you are established in it there will be no further worry.
― Ramana Maharshi


Silence is truth. Silence is bliss. Silence is peace. And hence Silence is the Self.
― Ramana Maharshi


Why should you trouble yourself about the future? You do not even properly know about the present. Take care of the present, the future will take care of itself.
― Ramana Maharshi


Correcting oneself is correcting the whole world. The Sun is simply bright. It does not correct anyone. Because it shines, the whole world is full of light. Transforming yourself is a means of giving light to the whole world.
― Ramana Maharshi


The question 'Who am I?' is not really meant to get an answer, the question 'Who am I?' is meant to dissolve the questioner.
― Ramana Maharshi


There is neither past nor future. There is only the present. Yesterday was the present to you when you experienced it, and tomorrow will be also the present when you experience it. Therefore, experience takes place only in the present, and beyond experience nothing exists.
― Ramana Maharshi


Thoughts come and go. Feelings come and go. Find out what it is that remains.
― Ramana Maharshi


One should remain as a witness to whatever happens, adopting the attitude, 'Let whatever strange things that happens happen, let us see!' This should be one's practice. Nothing happens by accident in the divine scheme of things.
― Ramana Maharshi


...the Lord of the Universe carries the entire burden of this world. You imagine you do. You can hand all your burdens over to His care. Whatever you have to do, you will be made an instrument for doing it at the right time. Do not think you cannot do it unless you have the desire to do it. Desire does not give you the strength for doing. The entire strength is the Lord's.
― Ramana Maharshi


Place your burden at the feet of the Lord of the universe who is ever victorious and accomplishes everything. Remain all the time steadfast in the heart, in the Transcendental Absolute. God knows the past, present and future. He will determine the future for you and accomplish the work. What is to be done will be done at the proper time. Don't worry. Abide in the heart and surrender your acts to the Divine.
― Ramana Maharshi


Your true nature is that of infinite spirit. The feeling of limitation is the work of the mind.
― Ramana Maharshi


God dwells in you, as you, and you don't have to 'do' anything to be God-realized or Self-realized,
it is already your true and natural state.
Just drop all seeking, turn your attention inward,
and sacrifice your ego mind to the One Self radiating in the Heart of your very being.
For this to be your own presently lived experience,
Self-Inquiry Meditation is a direct and immediate way.
― Ramana Maharshi


Peace is the inner nature of humankind. If you find it within yourself, you will then find it everywhere.
― Ramana Maharshi


The master is within; meditation is meant to remove the ignorant idea that he is only outside. If he is a stranger whom you await, he is bound to disappear also. What is the use of a transient being like that? But so long as you think you are separate or that you are the body, an external master is also necessary and he will appear to have a body. When the wrong identification of oneself with the body ceases, the master will be found to be none other than the Self.
― Ramana Maharshi


If one's mind has peace, the whole world will appear peaceful.
― Ramana Maharshi


The Self does not move. The world moves in it.
― Ramana Maharshi


Your duty is to Be, and not to be this or that.
― Ramana Maharshi


All unhappiness is due to the ego. With it comes all your trouble. If you would deny the ego and scorch it by ignoring it you would be free.
― Ramana Maharshi


Concentration is not thinking of one thing. On the contrary, it is excluding all thoughts, since all thoughts obstruct the sense of one's true being. All efforts are to be directed simply to removing the veil of ignorance. Concentrating the mind solely on the Self will lead to happiness or bliss. Drawing in the thoughts, restraining them and preventing them from straying outwards is called detachment (vairagya). Fixing them in the Self is spiritual practice (sadhana). Concentrating on the heart is the same as concentrating on the Self. Heart is another name for Self.
― Ramana Maharshi


Engage yourself in the living present. The future will take care of itself.
― Ramana Maharshi


Turn your vision inward and the whole world will be full of supreme spirit.
― Ramana Maharshi


Your own Self-Realization is the greatest service you can render the world
― Ramana Maharshi


If a man considers that he is born, he cannot avoid the fear of death. Let him find out if he has been born or if the Self has any birth. He will discover that the Self always exists, that the body that is born resolves itself into thought and that the emergence of thought is the root of all mischief. Find from where thoughts emerge. Then you will be able to abide in the ever-present inmost Self and be free from the idea of birth or the fear of death.
― Ramana Maharshi

Grace is ever present. All that is necessary is that you surrender to it.
― Ramana Maharshi


As you are, so is the world.
― Ramana Maharshi


The greatest obstacle to enlightenment is getting past your delusion that you are not already enlightened.
― Ramana Maharshi


Meditation is sticking to one thought. That single thought keeps away other thoughts; distraction of mind is a sign of its weakness; by constant meditation it gains strength.
― Ramana Maharshi


The self cannot be found in books. You have to find it for yourself, within yourself.
― Ramana Maharshi


Silence is never-ending speech. Vocal speech obstructs the other speech of silence. In silence one is in intimate contact with the surroundings. Language is only a medium for communicating one's thoughts to another. Silence is ever speaking.
― Ramana Maharshi


Transforming yourself is a means of giving light to the whole world.
― Ramana Maharshi


Mind is but a poor reflection of the radiant Heart.
― Ramana Maharshi


What comes will also go. What always is will alone remain.
― Ramana Maharshi


'I Am' is the name of God, God is none other than the Self.
― Ramana Maharshi


No one succeeds without effort... Those who succeed owe their success to perseverance.
― Ramana Maharshi


You have to ask yourself the question 'Who am I?' This investigation will lead in the end to the discovery of something within you which is behind the mind. Solve that great problem and you will solve all other problems.
― Ramana Maharshi


There is no Truth. There is only the truth within each moment.
― Ramana Maharshi


The Higher Power knows what to do and how to do it. Trust it.
― Ramana Maharshi


Surrender is to give oneself up to the original cause of one's being.
― Ramana Maharshi


Bliss is a thing which is always there and is not something which comes and goes. That which comes and goes is a creation of the mind.
― Ramana Maharshi


Willpower should be understood to be the strength of the mind, which makes it capable of meeting success or failure with equanimity. It is not synonymous with certain success. Why should one's attempts always be attended by success? Success breeds arrogance and man's spiritual progress is thus arrested. Failure, on the other hand, is beneficial, inasmuch as it opens his eyes to his limitations and prepares him to surrender himself. Self surrender is synonymous with eternal happiness.
― Ramana Maharshi


True Silence is really endless speech.
― Ramana Maharshi


Grace is not something outside or you.. In fact, your very desire for grace is due to grace that is already working in you.
― Ramana Maharshi


The end of all wisdom is love, love, love.
― Ramana Maharshi


All activities and events that a body is to go through are determined at the time of conception.
― Ramana Maharshi


Mind is consciousness which has put on limitations. You are originally unlimited and perfect. Later you take on limitations and become the mind.
― Ramana Maharshi


Without knowing the Knower, all the knowledge that one gathers cannot be valid.
― Ramana Maharshi


Take no notice of the ego and its activities, but see only the light behind.
― Ramana Maharshi


If a person realises his position and stays in his own self, things that are to happen will happen. Things that are not to happen will not happen. The shakti that is in the world, is only one. All these troubles arise if we think that we are separate from that shakti.
― Ramana Maharshi


You need not aspire for or get any new state. Get rid of your present thoughts, that is all.
― Ramana Maharshi


There is nothing so simple as being the Self. It requires no effort, no aid. One has to leave off the wrong identity and be in his (her) eternal, natural, inherent state.
― Ramana Maharshi


We are so engrossed with the objects,
or appearances revealed by the light,
that we pay no attention to the light.
― Ramana Maharshi


How to get rid of the mind? Is it the mind that wants to kill itself? The mind cannot kill itself. So your business is to find the real nature of the mind. Then you will know that there is no mind. When the Self is sought, the mind is nowhere. Abiding in the Self, one need not worry about the mind.
― Ramana Maharshi


When you truly feel this equal love for all, when your heart has expanded so much that it embraces the whole of creation, you will certainly not feel like giving up this or that. You will simply drop off from secular life as a ripe fruit drops from the branch of a tree. You will feel that the whole world is your home.
― Ramana Maharshi


Remain still, with the conviction that the Self shines as everything yet nothing, within, without, and everywhere.
― Ramana Maharshi


The grace of the Guru is like an ocean. If one comes with a cup he will only get a cupful. It is no use complaining of the niggardliness of the ocean. The bigger the vessel the more one will be able to carry. It is entirely up to him.
― Ramana Maharshi


Forgetfulness of your real nature is true death; remembrance of it is rebirth.
― Ramana Maharshi


Grace is within you. If it were external, it would be useless.
― Ramana Maharshi


Of all the thoughts that rise in the mind, the thought 'I' is the first thought.
― Ramana Maharshi


Discover your undying Self and be immortal and happy.
― Ramana Maharshi


You are already That which you seek.
― Ramana Maharshi


When we turn the mind inwards, God manifests as the inner consciousness.
― Ramana Maharshi


What message is needed when heart speaks to heart?
― Ramana Maharshi


Guru, God and Self are One
― Ramana Maharshi


Silence is also conversation.
― Ramana Maharshi


You are the witness of the three bodies: the gross, the subtle, and the causal, and of the three times: past, present and future, and also this void. In the story of the tenth man, when each of them counted and thought they were only nine, each one forgetting to count himself, there is a stage when they think one is missing and do not know who it is; and that corresponds to the void. We are so accustomed to the notion that all that we see around us is permanent and that we are this body, that when all this ceases to exist we imagine and fear that we also have ceased to exist.
― Ramana Maharshi


How does one get rid of fear? Ramana: What is fear? It is only a thought. If there is anything besides the Self there is reason to fear. Who sees things separate from the Self? First the ego arises and sees objects as external. If the ego does not rise, the Self alone exists and there is nothing external. For anything external to oneself implies the existence of the seer within. Seeking it there will eliminate doubt and fear. Not only fear, all other thoughts centred round the ego will disappear along with it.
― Ramana Maharshi


The solution to your problem is to see who has it.
― Ramana Maharshi


Time is only an idea. There is only the Reality. Whatever you think it is, it looks like that. If you call it time, it is time. If you call it existence, it is existence, and so on. After calling it time, you divide it into days and nights, months, years, hours, minutes, etc. Time is immaterial for the Path of Knowledge.
― Ramana Maharshi


Take refuge in silence. You can be here or there or anywhere. Fixed in silence, established in the inner 'I', you can be as you are. The world will never perturb you if you are well founded upon the tranquility within. Gather your thoughts within. Find out the thought centre and discover your Self-equipoise. In storm and turmoil be calm and silent. Watch the events around as a witness. The world is a drama. Be a witness, inturned and introspective.
― Ramana Maharshi


The ultimate truth is so simple; it is nothing more than being in one’s natural, original state.
― Ramana Maharshi


Under whatever name or form we worship It, It leads us on to knowledge of the nameless, formless Absolute. Yet, to see one's true Self in the Absolute, to subside into It and be one with
"It, this is the true Knowledge of the Truth.
― Ramana Maharshi


There is nothing wrong with God's creation. Mystery and Suffering only exist in the mind.
― Ramana Maharshi


You impose limits on your true nature of infinite being. Then you get displeased to be only a limited creature. Then you begin spiritual practices to transcend these non-existing limits. But if your practice itself implies the existence of these limits, how could they allow you to transcend them.
― Ramana Maharshi


Meditation helps concentration of the mind. Then the mind is free from thoughts and is in the meditated form.
― Ramana Maharshi


To the extent we behave with humility, to that extent good will result.
― Ramana Maharshi


The entire Universe is condensed in the body, and the entire
body in the Heart. Thus the Heart is the nucleus of the whole Universe.
― Ramana Maharshi


The Self is here and now, it is the only Reality. There is nothing else.
― Ramana Maharshi


You do not like to suffer yourself. How can you inflict suffering on others?
― Ramana Maharshi


All that is required to realise the Self is to “Be Still.
― Ramana Maharshi


The mind turned inwards is the Self; turned outwards, it becomes the ego and all the world. Cotton made into various clothes we call by various names. Gold made into various ornaments, we call by various names. But all the clothes are cotton and all the ornaments gold. The one is real, the many are mere names and forms.
― Ramana Maharshi


You and I are the same. What I have done is surely possible for all. You are the Self now and can never be anything else. Throw your worries to the wind, turn within and find Peace.
― Ramana Maharshi


Realization is to get rid of the delusion that you have not realized.
― Ramana Maharshi


Apart from the body does the world exist? Has anyone seen the world without the body?
― Ramana Maharshi


If you make the thief the policeman there will be lots of investigation but no arrests will ever be made.
― Ramana Maharshi


There is nothing new to gain. On the other hand a man must lose his ignorance. That is all.
― Ramana Maharshi


There is neither Past nor Future. There is only the Present.
― Ramana Maharshi


Meditation depends upon the strength of mind. It must be unceasing even when one is engaged in work. Particular time for it is meant for novices.
― Ramana Maharshi


There is no seeing. Seeing is only being.
― Ramana Maharshi


Happiness is not to be sought in solitude or in busy centers. It is in the Self.
― Ramana Maharshi


Realisation is not acquisition of anything new nor is it a new faculty. It is only removal of all camouflage
― Ramana Maharshi


Seeing God without seeing the Self, one sees only mental image. Only he who has seen Himself has seen God, since he has lost individuality, and now sees nothing but God.
― Ramana Maharshi


The Self is the one Reality that always exists, and it is by the light of the Self that all other things are seen.
― Ramana Maharshi


Keep the remembrance of your real nature alive, even while working, and avoid haste which causes you to forget. Be deliberate. Practice meditation to still the mind and cause it to become aware of its true relationship to the Self which supports it. Do not imagine that it is you who are doing the work. Think that is the underlying current which is doing it. Identify yourself with the current.
― Ramana Maharshi


By happy fraternity amongst themselves, the embodied beings get the supreme peace. Then all this earth shines like one house. When the men, the embodied beings treat each other with equal
respect and have good brotherly feelings amongst themselves, great peace and harmony abound. Then all this earth shines like one house. The whole world shines like the one dwelling house of
the entire human family.
― Ramana Maharshi


He who thinks he is the doer is also the sufferer.
― Ramana Maharshi


We are in our Self. We are not in the world.
― Ramana Maharshi


That which is not present in deep dreamless sleep is not real
― Ramana Maharshi


Dive deep into the chambers of your heart. Find out the real, infinite 'I'. Rest there peacefully for ever and become identical with the Supreme Self.
― Ramana Maharshi


If you go on working with the light available, you will meet your Master, as he himself will be seeking you.
― Ramana Maharshi


Actions themselves form no bondage. Bondage is only the false belief,"I am the do-er."
― Ramana Maharshi


Call it by any name, God, Self, the Heart, or the Seat of Consciousness, it is all the same.
― Ramana Maharshi


The source of the ego is God.
― Ramana Maharshi


God illumines the mind and shines within it. One cannot know God by means of the mind. One can but turn the mind inwards and merge it in God.
― Ramana Maharshi


A man does not have to go and find where his eyes are in order to see. The heart is there, always open to you, if you care to enter it, always supporting your movements, although you may be unaware of it. It is perhaps more correct to say that the Self is the Heart. Really the Self is the centre and is everywhere aware of itself as the Heart or Self-awareness.
― Ramana Maharshi


You may go on reading any number of books on Meditation. They can only tell you ‘Realize the Self’. The Self cannot be found in books. You have to find it for yourself in yourself.
― Ramana Maharshi


The experience of not forgetting consciousness alone is the state of devotion which is the relationship of unfading real love, because the real knowledge of Self, which shines as the undivided supreme bliss itself, surges up as the nature of love. Love itself is the actual form of God. That is pure bliss. Call it pure bliss, God, Self, or what you will. That is devotion, that is realization and that is everything.
― Ramana Maharshi


The experience of silence alone is the real and perfect knowledge.
― Ramana Maharshi


We are always peace. To get rid of the idea that we are not peace is all that is required.
― Ramana Maharshi


Misery does not exist in reality but only in mere imagination.
― Ramana Maharshi


All that exists is but the manifestation of the Supreme Being,
― Ramana Maharshi


You are the Supreme Being, and yet thinking yourself to be separate from it, you strive to become united with it. What is stranger than this?
― Ramana Maharshi


If there is anything besides the Self there is reason to fear? Who sees the second? First, the ego arises and sees objects as external. If the ego does not rise, the Self alone exists and there is no second.
― Ramana Maharshi


Sense-perceptions can only be indirect knowledge, and not direct knowledge. Only one's own awareness is direct knowledge.
― Ramana Maharshi


The degree of freedom from unwanted thoughts and the degree of concentration on a single thought are the measures to gauge spiritual progress.
― Ramana Maharshi


That alone is Real which exists by itself, which reveals itself by itself and which is eternal and unchanging.
― Ramana Maharshi


Doubts arise because of an absence of surrender.
― Ramana Maharshi


By the inquiry 'Who am I?'.
The thought 'who am I?' will destroy all other thoughts,
and like the stick used for stirring the burning pyre, it will itself in the end get destroyed. Then, there will arise Self-realization.
― Ramana Maharshi


Peace can reign only where there is no disturbance, and disturbance is due to thoughts that arise in the mind.
― Ramana Maharshi


See who is the doubter, who is the thinker. It is the ego. Hold it; the other thoughts will die away - the ego will be left pure. See the source from where the ego arises and abide in it. That is pure consciousness.
― Ramana Maharshi


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