Ramana Maharshi, fully Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi

Ramana
Maharshi, fully Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi
1879
1950

Indian Sage, Spiritual Teacher

Author Quotes

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

Seek the seeker.

Seek the source of the ego, abide there forever in the source and find yourself in bliss.

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.

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?

Realization is not acquisition of anything new nor is it a new faculty. It is only removal of all camouflage.

Realization is nothing to be gained afresh; it is already there. All that is necessary is to get rid of the thought 'I have not realized'.

Realization is nothing to be got afresh. It is already there. All that is necessary is to be rid of the thought: ?I have not realized.?

Realization is our true nature. It is nothing new to be gained. What is new cannot be eternal. Therefore there is no need to be doubting whether we would gain or lose the self.

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

Relative knowledge pertains to the mind and not to the Self. It is therefore illusory and not permanent. Take a scientist, for instance. He formulates a theory that the Earth is round and goes on to prove it on an incontrovertible basis. When he falls asleep the whole idea vanishes; his mind is left a blank. What does it matter whether the world remains round or flat when he is asleep? So you see the futility of all such relative knowledge. One should go beyond relative knowledge and abide in the Self. Real knowledge is such experience, and not apprehension by the mind.

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

Renunciation is always in the mind, not in going to forests or solitary places or giving up one's duties. The main thing is to see that the mind does not turn outward but inward. It does not really rest with a man whether he goes to this place or that or whether he gives up his duties or not. 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.

Real rebirth is dying from the ego into the spirit.

Reality is always already here and now. There is no greater mystery than this, that we keep seeking reality though in fact we are reality. We think there is something hiding reality and this must be destroyed before reality is gained. How ridiculous!

Reality is simply the loss of ego. Destroy the ego by seeking its identity.

Reality is simply the loss of ego. Destroy the ego by seeking its identity. Because the ego is no entity it will automatically vanish and reality will shine forth by itself. This is the direct method, whereas all other methods are done only by retaining the ego.

Reality must always be real. It is not with names and forms. That which underlies these is the reality. It underlies limitations being itself limitless. It is not bound.

Realization is getting rid of the delusion that you haven?t realized.

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.

Peace is for the purification of one's mind. Power is for the growth of the community. Having established the community with power, one should then establish supreme peace.

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

Peace is your natural state. It is the mind that obstructs the natural state. Investigate what the mind is, and it will disappear. There is no such thing as mind apart from thought. Nevertheless, because of the emergence of thought, you surmise something from which it starts and term that the mind. When you probe to see what it is, you find there is really no such trying as mind. When the mind has thus vanished, you realize eternal peace.

Persist in the enquiry throughout your waking hours. That would be quite enough. 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.

Pleasure or pain are aspects of the mind only. Our essential nature is happiness. But we have forgotten the Self and imagine that the body or the mind is the Self. It is that wrong identity that gives rise to misery. What is to be done? This mental tendency is very ancient and has continued for innumerable past births. Hence it has grown strong. That must go before the essential nature, happiness, asserts itself.

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First Name
Ramana
Last Name
Maharshi, fully Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi
Birth Date
1879
Death Date
1950
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Indian Sage, Spiritual Teacher