Ramana Maharshi Quotes
- Can there be darkness before the sun?
Similarly, can there be ignorance before the self-evident and
self-luminous Self ? If you know the Self there will be no darkness,
no ignorance and no misery.
- Be the Self and that is bliss. You are
always that. The Self is always realized.
- The Self alone exists. When you try to
trace the ego, which is the basis of the perception of the world and
everything else, you find the ego does not exist at all and neither
does all this creation that you see.
- What is bliss but your own being ? You are
not apart from being which is the same as bliss. You are now
thinking that you are the mind or the body which are both changing
and transient. But you are unchanging and eternal. That is what you
- The Jnani (Self Realized Soul) being
established in the fourth state - turiya, the supreme reality - he
detachedly witnesses the three other states, waking, dreaming and
dreamless sleep, as pictures superimposed on it.
- 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.
- An Ajnani (Ignorant) sees someone as a
Jnani (Self Realized Soul) 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.
- See whose thoughts they are. They will
vanish. They have their root in the single `I'-thought. Hold it and
they will disappear.
- The impure mind which functions as
thinking and forgetting, alone is samsara, which is the cycle of
birth and death. The real `I' in which the activity of thinking and
forgetting has perished, alone is the pure liberation. It is devoid
of pramada [forgetfulness of Self] which is the cause of birth and
- 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.
Self-enquiry is the one infallible means, the only direct one,
to realize the unconditioned, absolute being that you really are.
- If you would deny the ego and scorch it by
ignoring it, you would be free. If you accept it, it will impose
limitations on you and throw you into a vain struggle to transcend
them. To be the Self that you really are is the only means to
realize the bliss that is ever yours.