Ramana Maharshi Sayings
- The fact is, you are ignorant of your
blissful state. Ignorance supervenes and draws a veil over the pure
Self which is bliss. Attempts are directed only to remove this veil
of ignorance which is merely wrong knowledge. The wrong knowledge is
the false identification of the Self with the body and the mind.
This false identification must go, and then the Self alone remains.
- You must distinguish between the `I', pure
in itself, and the `I'-thought. The latter, being merely a thought,
sees subject and object, sleeps, wakes up, eats and thinks, dies and
is reborn. But the pure `I' is the pure being, eternal existence,
free from ignorance and thought-illusion. If you stay as the `I',
your being alone, without thought, the `I'-thought will disappear
and the delusion will vanish for ever.
- Enquiring `Who am I that is in bondage?'
and knowing one's real nature [swarupa] alone is liberation. Always
keeping the mind fixed in Self alone is called 'self-enquiry'.
- The fact is that the mind is only a bundle
of thoughts. How can you extinguish it by the thought of doing so or
by a desire? Your thoughts and desires are part and parcel of the
mind. The mind is simply fattened by new thoughts rising up.
Therefore it is foolish to attempt to kill the mind by means of the
mind. The only way of doing it is to find its source and hold on to
it. The mind will then fade away of its own accord.
- To ask the mind to kill the mind is like
making the thief the policeman. He will go with you and pretend to
catch the thief, but nothing will be gained. So you must turn inward
and see from where the mind rises and then it will cease to exist.
- There are two ways. One is looking into
the source of `I' and merging into that source. The other is feeling
`I am helpless by myself, God alone is all-powerful and except by
throwing myself completely on him, there is no other means of safety
for me. By this method one gradually develops the conviction that
God alone exists and that the ego does not count. Both methods lead
to the same goal. Complete surrender is another name for jnana or
- Surrender appears easy because people
imagine that, once they say with their lips `I surrender' and put
their burdens on their Lord, they can be free and do what they like.
But the fact is that you can have no likes or dislikes after your
surrender; your will should become completely non-existent, the
Lord's will taking its place. The death of the ego in this way
brings about a state which is not different from jnana. So by
whatever path you may go, you must come to jnana or oneness.
- You withdraw your mind completely from the
world and turn it within and abide there, that is, if you keep awake
always to the Self which is the substratum of all experiences, you
will find the world of which you are now aware is just as unreal as
the world in which you lived in your dream.
- There is neither past nor future. There is
only the present. Yesterday was the present to you when you
experienced it, and tomorrow will be also the present when you
experience it. Therefore, experience takes place only in the
present, and beyond experience nothing exists.
- You are now thinking that you are the body
and therefore confuse yourself with its birth and death. But you are
not the body and you have no birth and death.
- 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