Ramana Maharshi Quotes
- Liberation is our very nature. We are
that. The very fact that we wish for liberation shows that freedom
from all bondage is our real nature.
- Existence or consciousness is the only
reality. Consciousness plus waking, we call waking. Consciousness
plus sleep, we call sleep. Consciousness plus dream, we call dream.
Consciousness is the screen on which all the pictures come and go.
The screen is real, the pictures are mere shadows on it.
- Sat-chit-ananda is said to indicate that
the supreme is not asat (different from being), not achit (different
from consciousness) and not an anananda (different from happiness).
- If a man thinks that his happiness is due
to external causes and his possessions, it is reasonable to conclude
that his happiness must increase with the increase of possessions
and diminish in proportion to their diminution. Therefore if he is
devoid of possessions, his happiness should be nil. What is the real
experience of man? Does it conform to this view?
- The state of being is permanent and the
body and the world are not. They are fleeting phenomena passing on
the screen of being-consciousness which is eternal and stationary.
- The state free from thoughts is the only
- He who thinks he is the doer is also the
- There is no goal to be reached. There is
nothing to be attained. You are the Self. You exist always. Nothing
more can be predicated of the Self than that it exists. Seeing God
or the Self is only being the Self or yourself. Seeing is being.
You, being the Self, want to know how to attain the Self. It is
something like a man being at Ramanasramam asking how many ways
there are to reach Ramanasramam and which is the best way for him.
All that is required of you is to give up the thought that you are
this body and to give up all thoughts of the external things or the
- Just on waking from sleep and before
becoming aware of the world there is that pure `I, I'. Hold on to it
without sleeping or without allowing thoughts to possess you. If
that is held firm it does not matter even if the world is seen. The
seer remains unaffected by the phenomena.
- This `I'-thought is not pure. It is
contaminated with the association of the body and senses. See to
whom the trouble is. It is to the `I'-thought. Hold it. Then the
other thoughts vanish.
- Worshipping God for the sake of a desired
object is worshipping that desired object alone. The complete
cessation of any thought of a desired object is the first
prerequisite in a mind which wishes to attain the state of Siva.
- Food affects the mind. For the practice of
any kind of yoga, vegetarianism is absolutely necessary since it
makes the mind more sattvic [pure and harmonious].