Ramana Maharshi Quotes
- 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'.
- Peace is your natural state. It is the
mind that obstructs the natural state.
- An ajnani sees someone as a jnani and
identifies him with the body. Because he does not know the Self and,
mistakes his body for the Self, he extends the same mistake to the
state of the jnani. The jnani is therefore considered to be the
physical frame. Again since the ajnani, though he is not the doer,
yet imagines himself to be the doer and considers the actions of the
body his own, he thinks the jnani to be similarly acting when the
body is active. But the jnani himself knows the Truth and is not
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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?
- 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.
- 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?
- 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.
- 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.
- 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?`