Ramana Maharshi Quotes
- Know that jnana (Self - Realization) alone
is non-attachment; jnana alone is purity; jnana is the attainment of
God; jnana which is devoid of forgetfulness of Self alone is
immortality; jnana alone is everything.
- Mukti (Liberation) is not to be gained in
the future. It is there for ever, here and now.
- The wrong knowledge of `I am the body' is
the cause of all the mischief. This wrong knowledge must go. That is
realization. Realization is not acquisition of anything new nor is
it a new faculty. It is only removal of all camouflage.
- Search for the source of the `I'-thought.
That is all that one has to do. The universe exists on account of
the `I'-thought. If that ends there is an end to misery also. The
false `I' will end only when its source is sought.
- To each person that way is the best which
appears easiest or appeals most. All the ways are equally good, as
they lead to the same goal, which is the merging of the ego in the
- So long as the sense of doership is
retained there is the desire. That is also personality. If this goes
the Self is found to shine forth pure. The sense of doership is the
bondage and not the actions themselves. `Be still and know that I am
God.' Here stillness is total surrender without a vestige of
individuality. Stillness will prevail and there will be no agitation
of mind. Agitation of mind is the cause of desire, the sense of
doership and personality.
- There is no other way to succeed than to
draw the mind back every time it turns outwards and fix it in the
- The mind, having been so long a cow
accustomed to graze stealthily on others' estates, is not easily
confined to her stall. However much her keeper tempts her with
luscious grass and fine fodder, she refuses the first time. Then she
takes a bit, but her innate tendency to stray away asserts itself
and she slips away. On being repeatedly tempted by the owner, she
accustoms herself to the stall until finally, even if let loose, she
does not stray away. Similarly with the mind. If once it finds its
inner happiness it will not wander outward.
- Real rebirth is dying from the ego into
the spirit. This is the significance of the crucifixion of Jesus.
Whenever identification with the body exists, a body is always
available, whether this or any other one, till the body-sense
disappears by merging into the source - the spirit, or Self.
- It is true we are not bound and that the
real Self has no bondage. It is true that you will eventually go
back to your source. But meanwhile, if you commit sins, as you call
them, you will have to face the consequences of such sins. You
cannot escape them. If a man beats you, then, can you say, `I am
free, I am not bound by these beatings and I don't feel any pain.
Let him beat on'? If you can feel like that, you can go on doing
what you like. What is the use of merely saying with your lips 'I am
- If you are not the body and do not have
the idea `I am the doer', the consequences of your good or bad
actions will not affect you. Why do you say about the actions the
body performs `I do this' or `I did that'? As long as you identify
yourself with the body like that you are affected by the
consequences of the actions, that is to say, while you identify with
the body you accumulate good and bad karma.