Indian Sage, Spiritual Teacher
Ramana Maharshi, fully Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi
Indian Sage, Spiritual Teacher
There is no greater mystery than this, that we keep seeking reality though in fact we are reality. We think that there is something hiding reality and that this must be destroyed before reality is gained. How ridiculous! A day will dawn when you will laugh at all your past efforts. That which will be on the day you laugh is also here and now.
There is no greater mystery than this: being Reality ourselves, we seek to gain Reality.
There are two ways. One is looking into the source of 'I' and merging into that source. The other is feeling 'I am helpless by myself, God alone is all-powerful and except by throwing myself completely on him, there is no other means of safety for me. By this method one gradually develops the conviction that God alone exists and that the ego does not count. Both methods lead to the same goal. Complete surrender is another name for jnana or liberation.
There can be no real investigation into the Atman. The investigation can only be made into the non-self. It is only possible to eliminate the non-self. As the Self is always self-evident, it will shine of itself. "Knowing" means "Being." It is not relative knowledge.
There is a state when words cease and silence prevails.
There is Consciousness along with quietness in the mind; this is exactly the state to be aimed at.
There is neither creation nor destruction, neither destiny nor free will, neither path nor achievement. This is the final truth.
There is neither Past nor Future. There is only the Present.
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.
There is no difference between God, Guru and the Self.
There is no difference between the dream and the waking state except that the dream is short and the waking long. Both are the result of the mind. Our real state is beyond the waking, dream and sleep states, called turiya.
There is no greater deception than believing that liberation, which is ever present as one?s own nature, will be attained at some later stage.
There are neither good nor bad qualities in the Self. The Self is free from all qualities. Qualities pertain to the mind only. The inquiry should be where the "I" is. After the rise of the "I"-thought, there is false identification of the "I" with the body, the senses, and the mind. Self is wrongly associated with them; one has lost sight of the true Self. It does not mean exactly the discarding of the non-self, but more the finding of the real Self. The real Self is the infinite "I-I" in perfection. It is eternal. It has no origin and no end. The other "I" is born and dies. It is impermanent. See to whom the changing thoughts occur. They will be found to arise after the "I"-thought. Hold onto the "I"-thought and they will subside. The Self alone will remain.
There are no impediments to meditation. The very thought of such obstacles is the greatest impediment.
There are no others to be helped, for a realized being sees only the Self; just like a goldsmith estimating the gold in various items of jewelry sees only the gold.
There are no others.
There are only two ways to conquer destiny or be independent of it. One is to enquire for whom is this destiny and discover that only the ego is bound by destiny and not the Self and that the ego is non-existent.
There are two ways of achieving surrender. One is looking into the source of the 'I' and merging into that source. The other is feeling 'I am helpless myself, God alone is all powerful and except throwing myself completely on Him, there is no other means of safety for me', and thus gradually developing the conviction that God alone. exists and the ego does not count. Both methods lead to the same goal. Complete surrender is another name for jnana or liberation.
The state we call realization is simply being oneself, not knowing anything or becoming anything. If one has realized, he is that which alone is, and which alone has always been. He cannot describe that state. He can only be That. Of course we loosely talk of self-realization for want of a better term.
The thought 'l am this body of flesh and blood' is the one thread on which are strung the various other thoughts. Therefore, if we turn inwards enquiring 'Where is this I?' all thoughts, including the 'I'-thought, will come to an end and Self-knowledge will then spontaneously shine forth.
The truth is that no one can give us liberation. The way can be pointed out, directions can be given. Our intense earnestness and total dedication to the goal is the most essential factor. If we become obsessed with this one thing - realizing Truth-Truth, a physical Guru (if necessary) and all else will be drawn to us automatically. The Guru will come to us when we are ready. We simply need to attend to making ourselves ready and the rest is automatic. For those with faith in the Maharshi's living presence there are no doubts in this matter.
The ultimate truth is so simple. It is nothing more than being in the pristine state. That is all that need be said.
The very fact that we wish for liberation shows that freedom from all bondage is our real nature. It is not to be freshly acquired. All that is necessary is to get rid of the false notion that we are bound.
The world is illusory, Only Brahman is real, Brahman is the world.
The world is none other than the mind. The mind is none other than the heart. Therefore the entire story finishes in the heart.