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Quotes by Ramana Maharshi

  1. “By whatever path you go, you will have to lose yourself in the one. Surrender is complete only when you reach the stage `Thou art all’ and `Thy will be done’.”
  2. “Peace is your natural state. It is the mind that obstructs the natural state.”
  3. “Instead of indulging in mere speculation, devote yourself here and now to the search for the Truth that is ever within you.”
  4. “When you give up thinking of outward objects and prevent your mind from going outwards by turning it inwards and fixing it in the Self, the Self alone remains.”
  5. “Whatever is done lovingly, with righteous purity and with peace of mind, is a good action. Everything which is done with the stain of desire and with agitation filling the mind is classified as a bad action.”
  6. “There is no difference between God, Guru and the Self.”
  7. “Liberation is not anywhere outside you. It is only within. If a man is anxious for deliverance, the internal Guru (Master) pulls him in and the external Guru pushes him into the Self. This is the grace of the Guru.”
  8. “Mind is consciousness which has put on limitations. You are originally unlimited and perfect. Later you take on limitations and become the mind.”
  9. “It is false to speak of realization. What is there to realize? The real is as it is always.
  10. We are not creating anything new, or achieving anything we did not have before.”
  11. “Correcting oneself is correcting the whole world. The Sun is simply bright. It does not correct anyone. Because it shines, the whole world is full of light.”
  12. “Transforming yourself is a means of giving light to the whole world.”
  13. “Know that the many objective differences are not real but are superimpositions on Self, which is the form of true knowledge.”
  14. “The experience of silence alone is the real and perfect knowledge.”
  15. “Nearly all mankind is more or less unhappy because nearly all do not know the true Self.
  16. Real happiness abides in Self-knowledge alone. All else is fleeting. To know one’s Self is to be blissful always.”
  17. “Happiness is your nature. It is not wrong to desire it. What is wrong is seeking it outside when it is inside.”
  18. “An ajnani sees someone as a jnani and identifies him with the body. Because he does not know the Self and, mistakes his body for the Self, he extends the same mistake to the state of the jnani. The jnani is therefore considered to be the physical frame. Again since the ajnani, though he is not the doer, yet imagines himself to be the doer and considers the actions of the body his own, he thinks the jnani to be similarly acting when the body is active. But the jnani himself knows the Truth and is not confounded.”
  19. “The Guru is both external and internal. From the exterior he gives a push to the mind to turn it inwards. From the interior he pulls the mind towards the Self and helps in the quieting of the mind. That is the Guru’s grace.”
  20. “If the mind is happy, not only the body but the whole world will be happy.
  21. So one must find out how to become happy oneself.”
  22. “Pain or pleasure is the result of past Karma and not of the present Karma. Pain and pleasure alternate with each other. One must suffer or enjoy them patiently without being carried away by them. One must always try to hold on to the Self. When one is active one should not care for the results and must not be swayed by the pain or pleasure met with occasionally. He who is indifferent to pain or pleasure can alone be happy.”
  23. “If someone we love dies, it causes grief to the one who continues living. The way to get rid of grief is not to continue living. Kill the griever, and who will then remain to grieve? The ego must die. That is the only way. The two alternatives you suggest amount to the same. When all are realised to be the one Self, who is there to love or hate?”
  24. “Meditation depends upon the strength of mind. It must be unceasing even when one is engaged in work. Particular time for it is meant for novices.”
  25. “Ask yourself the question. The body (annamayakosa) and its functions are not ‘I’. Going deeper, the mind (manomayakosa) and its functions are not ‘I’. The next step takes one to the question: Wherefrom do these thoughts arise? The thoughts may be spontaneous, superficial, or analytical.”
  26. “Seeking the source of the ‘I’ serves as a means of getting rid of all other thoughts. You should not allow any scope for other thoughts such as you mention, but should keep the attention fixed on finding the source of the ‘I’- thought by asking, when any other thought arises, to whom it occurs; and if the answer is ‘to me’, you then resume the thought: ‘What is this ‘I’ and what is its source?”
  27. “After the rise of the `I’-thought there is the false identification of the `I’ with the body, the senses, the mind, etc. `I’ is wrongly associated with them and the true `I’ is lost sight of.”
  28. “Wanting to transform the world without discovering one’s true self is like trying to cover the whole world with leather to avoid the pain of walking on stones and thorns.
  29. It is much simpler to wear shoes.”
  30. “Reality is simply the loss of ego. Destroy the ego by seeking its identity.
  31. Because the ego is no entity it will automatically vanish and reality will shine forth by itself.”
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