Ramana Maharshi Quotes
- Our real nature is mukti (Liberation)s.
But we are imagining we are bound and are making various, strenuous
attempts to become free, while we are all the while free. This will
be understood only when we reach that stage. We will be surprised
that we were frantically trying to attain something which we have
always been and are.
- We imagine that we will realize that Self
some time, whereas we are never anything but the Self.
- The conception that there is a goal and a
path to it is wrong. We are the goal or peace always. To get rid of
the notion that we are not peace is all that is required.
- This reality of pure consciousness is
eternal by its nature and therefore subsists equally during what you
call waking, dreaming and sleep. To him who is one with that reality
there is neither the mind nor its three states and, therefore,
neither introversion nor extroversion. His is the ever-waking state,
because he is awake to the eternal Self.
- The Jnanis (Self -Realized Souls) do
things for the sake of others with detachment, without themselves
being affected by them.
- The Jnani (Self -Realized Soul), who is
only a mirror, is unaffected by actions. How can a mirror, or the
stand on which it is mounted, be affected by the reflections?
Nothing affects them as they are mere supports.
- The ignorance is identical with the
`I'-thought. Find its source and it will vanish.
- The `I'-thought is like a spirit which,
although not palpable, rises up simultaneously with the body,
flourishes and disappears with it. The body-consciousness is the
wrong `I'. Give up this body-consciousness. It is done by seeking
the source of the `I'. The body does not say `I am'. It is you who
say, `I am the body '. Find out who this `I' is. Seeking its source
it will vanish.
- Divine grace is essential for realization.
It leads one to God realization. But such grace is vouchsafed only
to him who is a true devotee or a yogi. It is given only to those
who have striven hard and ceaselessly on the path towards freedom.
- In the proximity of a great master, the
vasanas (Desires) cease to be active, the mind becomes still and
samadhi results. Thus the disciple gains true knowledge and right
experience in the presence of the master. To remain unshaken in it
further efforts are necessary. Eventually the disciple will know it
to be his real being and will thus be liberated even while alive.
- Renunciation is always in the mind, not in
going to forests or solitary places or giving up one's duties. The
main thing is to see that the mind does not turn outward but inward.
- The world is not external. Because you
identify yourself wrongly with the body you see the world outside,
and its pain becomes apparent to you. But they are not real. Seek
the reality and get rid of this unreal feeling.