Ramana Maharshi Quotes
- You are awareness. Awareness is another
name for you.
- The reality which is the mere
consciousness that remains when ignorance is destroyed along with
knowledge of objects, alone is the Self [atma].
- Atman is realized with mruta manas [dead
mind], that is, mind devoid of thoughts and turned inward. Then the
mind sees its own source and becomes that [the Self].
- There cannot be a break in your being. You
who slept are also now
awake. There is no unhappiness in your deep sleep whereas it exists
now. What is it that has happened now so that this difference is
experienced ? There was no `I'-thought in your sleep, whereas it is
present now. The true `I' is not apparent and the false `I' is
parading itself. This false `I' is the obstacle to your right
knowledge. Find out from where this false `I' arises. Then it will
disappear. You will then be only what you are, that is, absolute
- Abhyasa [spiritual practice] consists in
withdrawal within the Self every time you are disturbed by thought.
It is not concentration or destruction of the mind but withdrawal
into the Self.
- Leave it to God. Surrender unreservedly.
One of two things must be done. Either surrender because you admit
your inability and require a higher power to help you, or
investigate the cause of misery by going to the source and merging
into the Self. Either way you will be free from misery. God never
forsakes one who has surrendered.
- The final obstacle in meditation is
ecstasy; you feel great bliss and happiness and want to stay in that
ecstasy. Do not yield to it but pass on to the next stage which is
great calm. The calm is higher than ecstasy and it merges into
- The more you get fixed in the Self the
more other thoughts will drop off of themselves. The mind is nothing
but a bundle of thoughts, and the `I'-thought is the root of all of
them. When you see who this `I' is and find out where it comes from
all thoughts get merged in the Self.
- That bliss of the Self is always with you,
and you will find it for yourself, if you would seek it earnestly.
The cause of your misery is not in the life outside you, it is in
you as the ego. You impose limitations on yourself and then make a
vain struggle to transcend them.
- All unhappiness is due to the ego; with it
comes all your trouble. What does it avail you to attribute to the
happenings in life the cause of misery which is really within you?
What happiness can you get from things extraneous to yourself ? When
you get it, how long will it last ?
- If a desire can be got rid of by
satisfying it, there will be no harm in satisfying such a desire.
But desires generally are not eradicated by satisfaction. Trying to
root them out that way is like trying to quench a fire by pouring
inflammable spirits on it. At the same time, the proper remedy is
not forcible suppression, since such repression is bound to react
sooner or later into a forceful surging up of desires with
undesirable consequences. The proper way to get rid of a desire is
to find out `Who gets the desire? What is its source?' When this is
found, the desire is rooted out and it will never again emerge or
- Small desires such as the desire to eat,
drink, sleep and attend to calls of nature, though these may also be
classed among desires, you can safely satisfy. They will not implant
vasanas in your mind, necessitating further birth. Those activities
are just necessary to carry on life and are not likely to develop or
leave behind vasanas or tendencies. As a general rule, therefore,
there is no harm in satisfying a desire where the satisfaction will
not lead to further desires by creating vasanas in the mind.