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Ramana Maharshi (30 December 1879 – 14 April 1950) was an Indian Hindu sage and jivanmukta (liberated being). He was born Venkataraman Iyer, but is mostly known by the name Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi.

He was born in Tiruchuli, Tamil Nadu, India. In 1895, an attraction to the sacred hill Arunachala and the 63 Nayanmars was aroused in him, and in 1896, at the age of 16, he had a "death-experience" where he became aware of a "current" or "force" (avesam) which he recognized as his true "I" or "self", and which he later identified with "the personal God, or Iswara", that is, Shiva. This resulted in a state that he later described as "the state of mind of Iswara or the jnani". Six weeks later he left his uncle's home in Madurai, and journeyed to the holy mountain Arunachala, in Tiruvannamalai, where he took on the role of a sannyasin (though not formally initiated), and remained for the rest of his life.

He attracted devotees that regarded him as an avatar and came to him for darshan ("the sight of God"). In later years an ashram grew up around him, where visitors received upadesa ("spiritual instruction") by sitting silently in his company asking questions. Since the 1930s his teachings have been popularized in the West, resulting in his worldwide recognition as an enlightened being.

Ramana Maharshi approved a number of paths and practices, but recommended self-enquiry as the principal means to remove ignorance and abide in Self-awareness, together with bhakti (devotion) or surrender to the Self.

Quote: No one succeeds without effort... Those who succeed owe their success to perseverance. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of shallow focus orange and black butterfly
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No one succeeds without effort... Those who succeed owe their success to perseverance.


Quote: Silence is also conversation. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of sunset
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Silence is also conversation.


Quote: The mind itself is of the form of all, i.e., of soul, God and world; when it becomes of the form of the Self through knowledge, there is release, which is of the nature of Brahman: this is the teaching. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

The mind itself is of the form of all, i.e., of soul, God and world; when it becomes of the form of the Self through knowledge, there is release, which is of the nature of Brahman: this is the teaching.


Quote: One must realise his Self in order to open the store of unalloyed happiness. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

One must realise his Self in order to open the store of unalloyed happiness.


Quote: To realise the Self is to be still. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

To realise the Self is to be still.


Quote: If you go the way of your thoughts you will be carried away by them and you will find yourself in an endless maze. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

If you go the way of your thoughts you will be carried away by them and you will find yourself in an endless maze.


Quote: God has no resolve; no karma attaches itself to Him. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

God has no resolve; no karma attaches itself to Him.


Quote: Devotion complete culminates in knowledge supreme. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

Devotion complete culminates in knowledge supreme.


Quote: Consciousness is indeed always with us. Everyone knows 'I am!' No one can deny his own being. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

Consciousness is indeed always with us. Everyone knows 'I am!' No one can deny his own being.


Quote: Every moment there is creation, every moment destruction. There is no absolute creation, no absolute destruction. Both are movement, and that is eternal. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

Every moment there is creation, every moment destruction. There is no absolute creation, no absolute destruction. Both are movement, and that is eternal.


Quote: If a man's happiness is due to outer causes and external possessions, then a man devoid of possessions should have no happiness whatever. Does real experience show this? No. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

If a man's happiness is due to outer causes and external possessions, then a man devoid of possessions should have no happiness whatever. Does real experience show this? No.


Quote: The law of Karma is a manifestation of God's will. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

The law of Karma is a manifestation of God's will.


Quote: It is within your competence to think and thus to get bound or to cease thinking and thus be free. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

It is within your competence to think and thus to get bound or to cease thinking and thus be free.


Quote: If you approach the ocean with a cup, you can only take away a cupful; if you approach it with a bucket you can take away a bucketful. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

If you approach the ocean with a cup, you can only take away a cupful; if you approach it with a bucket you can take away a bucketful.


Quote: Silence is truth. Silence is bliss. Silence is peace. And hence Silence is the Self. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

Silence is truth. Silence is bliss. Silence is peace. And hence Silence is the Self.


Quote: The very fact that we wish for liberation shows that freedom from all bondage is our real nature. It is not to be freshly acquired. All that is necessary is to get rid of the false notion that we are bound. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

The very fact that we wish for liberation shows that freedom from all bondage is our real nature. It is not to be freshly acquired. All that is necessary is to get rid of the false notion that we are bound.


Quote: The Self is self-luminous without darkness and light, and is the reality which is self-manifest. Therefore, one should not think of it as this or as that. The very thought of thinking will end in bondage. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

The Self is self-luminous without darkness and light, and is the reality which is self-manifest. Therefore, one should not think of it as this or as that. The very thought of thinking will end in bondage.


Quote: A dreamer dreams that everyone else in his dream must awaken before he can awaken. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

A dreamer dreams that everyone else in his dream must awaken before he can awaken.


Quote: He who has realized the Self in the Heart has transcended the dualities and is never perplexed. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

He who has realized the Self in the Heart has transcended the dualities and is never perplexed.


Quote: When your real, effortless, joyful grateful nature is realized, it will not be inconsistent with the ordinary activities of life. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

When your real, effortless, joyful grateful nature is realized, it will not be inconsistent with the ordinary activities of life.


Quote: Grace is not something outside or you.. In fact, your very desire for grace is due to grace that is already working in you. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

Grace is not something outside or you.. In fact, your very desire for grace is due to grace that is already working in you.


Quote: Meditation is sticking to one thought. That single thought keeps away other thoughts; distraction of mind is a sign of its weakness; by constant meditation it gains strength. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

Meditation is sticking to one thought. That single thought keeps away other thoughts; distraction of mind is a sign of its weakness; by constant meditation it gains strength.


Quote: When there are thoughts, it is distraction: when there are no thoughts, it is meditation. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

When there are thoughts, it is distraction: when there are no thoughts, it is meditation.




Quote: The grace of the Guru is like an ocean. If one comes with a cup he will only get a cupful. It is no use complaining of the niggardliness of the ocean. The bigger the vessel the more one will be able to carry. It is entirely up to him. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

The grace of the Guru is like an ocean. If one comes with a cup he will only get a cupful. It is no use complaining of the niggardliness of the ocean. The bigger the vessel the more one will be able to carry. It is entirely up to him.


Quote: If you observe awareness steadily, this awareness itself becomes the Guru that will reveal the Truth. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

If you observe awareness steadily, this awareness itself becomes the Guru that will reveal the Truth.


Quote: The inquiry who am I turns the mind introvert and makes it calm. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

The inquiry who am I turns the mind introvert and makes it calm.


Quote: Liberation exists- and you will never be liberated. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

Liberation exists- and you will never be liberated.




Quote: The state we call realization is simply being oneself, not knowing anything or becoming anything. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

The state we call realization is simply being oneself, not knowing anything or becoming anything.


Quote: What message is needed when heart speaks to heart? by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

What message is needed when heart speaks to heart?


Quote: There is no doubt that breath control is the means for mind control because the mind, like breath, is a part of air; because the nature of mobility is common to both; because the place of origin is the same for both; and because when one of them is controlled, the other gets controlled. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of Ramana Maharshi quote: There is no doubt that breath control is the means for mind control because the mind, like breath, is a part of air; because the nature of mobility is common to both; because the place of origin is the same for both; and because when one of them is controlled, the other gets controlled.- black text on quotes background

There is no doubt that breath control is the means for mind control because the mind, like breath, is a part of air; because the nature of mobility is common to both; because the place of origin is the same for both; and because when one of them is controlled, the other gets controlled.




Quote: Forgetfulness of your real nature is true death; remembrance of it is rebirth. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

Forgetfulness of your real nature is true death; remembrance of it is rebirth.


Quote: Such happiness is relative and is better called pleasure or satisfaction. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

Such happiness is relative and is better called pleasure or satisfaction.


Quote: Dive deep into the chambers of your heart. Find out the real, infinite 'I'. Rest there peacefully for ever and become identical with the Supreme Self. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

Dive deep into the chambers of your heart. Find out the real, infinite 'I'. Rest there peacefully for ever and become identical with the Supreme Self.


Quote: Because truth is exceedingly subtle and serene, the bliss of the Self can manifest only in a mind rendered subtle and steady by assiduous meditation. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

Because truth is exceedingly subtle and serene, the bliss of the Self can manifest only in a mind rendered subtle and steady by assiduous meditation.


Quote: Surrender is to give oneself up to the original cause of one's being. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

Surrender is to give oneself up to the original cause of one's being.


Quote: All unhappiness is due to the ego. With it comes all your trouble. If you would deny the ego and scorch it by ignoring it you would be free. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

All unhappiness is due to the ego. With it comes all your trouble. If you would deny the ego and scorch it by ignoring it you would be free.


Quote: The greatest error of a man is to think that he is weak by nature, evil by nature. Every man is divine and strong in his real nature. What are weak and evil are his habits, his desires and thoughts, but not himself. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

The greatest error of a man is to think that he is weak by nature, evil by nature. Every man is divine and strong in his real nature. What are weak and evil are his habits, his desires and thoughts, but not himself.


Quote: Eating, bathing, going to the toilet, talking, thinking, and many other activities related to the body are all work. How is it that the performance of one particular act is alone (considered) work? To be still is to be always engaged in work. To be silent is to be always talking. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of Ramana Maharshi quote; white text on black background

Eating, bathing, going to the toilet, talking, thinking, and many other activities related to the body are all work. How is it that the performance of one particular act is alone (considered) work? To be still is to be always engaged in work. To be silent is to be always talking.


Quote: The macrocosm is in its entirety in the body. The body is in its entirety in the heart. Therefore heart is the summarised form of all the macrocosm. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

The macrocosm is in its entirety in the body. The body is in its entirety in the heart. Therefore heart is the summarised form of all the macrocosm.


Quote: Reality is simply the loss of ego. Destroy the ego by seeking its identity. Because the ego is no entity it will automatically vanish and reality will shine forth by itself. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

Reality is simply the loss of ego. Destroy the ego by seeking its identity. Because the ego is no entity it will automatically vanish and reality will shine forth by itself.


Quote: The explorers seek happiness in finding curiosities, discovering new lands and undergoing risks in adventures. They are thrilling. But where is pleasure found? Only within. Pleasure is not to be sought in the external world. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

The explorers seek happiness in finding curiosities, discovering new lands and undergoing risks in adventures. They are thrilling. But where is pleasure found? Only within. Pleasure is not to be sought in the external world.


Quote: Concentration of the mind is in a way common to both Knowledge and Yoga. Yoga aims at union of the individual with the universal, the Reality. This Reality cannot be new. It must exist even now, and it does exist. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

Concentration of the mind is in a way common to both Knowledge and Yoga. Yoga aims at union of the individual with the universal, the Reality. This Reality cannot be new. It must exist even now, and it does exist.


Quote: The enemy hates the ego, which the seeker wants to kill; thus, like the anvil to the goldsmith, he is actually a friend. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

The enemy hates the ego, which the seeker wants to kill; thus, like the anvil to the goldsmith, he is actually a friend.


Quote: A realized one sends out waves of spiritual influence in his aura, which draw many people towards him. Yet he may sit in a cave and maintain complete silence. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

A realized one sends out waves of spiritual influence in his aura, which draw many people towards him. Yet he may sit in a cave and maintain complete silence.


Quote: Good thoughts keep off bad thoughts. They must themselves disappear before the state of realization. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

Good thoughts keep off bad thoughts. They must themselves disappear before the state of realization.




Quote: You are already That which you seek. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

You are already That which you seek.


Quote: In the Heart's cavity, the sole Brahman as an ever-persisting 'I' shines direct in the form of the Self. Into the Heart enter thyself, with mind in search or in deeper plunge. Or by

restraint of life-movement be firmly poised in the Self. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

In the Heart's cavity, the sole Brahman as an ever-persisting 'I' shines direct in the form of the Self. Into the Heart enter thyself, with mind in search or in deeper plunge. Or by

restraint of life-movement be firmly poised in the Self.


Quote: The world is illusory, Only Brahman is real, Brahman is the world. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

The world is illusory, Only Brahman is real, Brahman is the world.


Quote: Having set one's family in consonance with the community, he should make his family prosperous to ensure the prosperity of the community. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

Having set one's family in consonance with the community, he should make his family prosperous to ensure the prosperity of the community.


Quote: All that is required to realise the Self is to Be Still. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

All that is required to realise the Self is to Be Still.




Quote: That which is not present in deep dreamless sleep is not real. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

That which is not present in deep dreamless sleep is not real.


Quote: See who is the doubter, who is the thinker. It is the ego. Hold it; the other thoughts will die away -- the ego will be left pure. See the source from where the ego arises and abide in it. That is pure consciousness. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

See who is the doubter, who is the thinker. It is the ego. Hold it; the other thoughts will die away -- the ego will be left pure. See the source from where the ego arises and abide in it. That is pure consciousness.


Quote: Does a man who is acting on the stage in a female part forget that he is a man? Similarly, we too must play our parts on the stage of life, but we must not identify ourselves with those parts. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

Does a man who is acting on the stage in a female part forget that he is a man? Similarly, we too must play our parts on the stage of life, but we must not identify ourselves with those parts.


Quote: The fact is that you are not the body. The Self does not move but the world moves in it. You are only what you are. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

The fact is that you are not the body. The Self does not move but the world moves in it. You are only what you are.


Quote: The activity affected by causes like fainting, sleep, excessive joy, grief, possession by spirits, fear etc goes to the heart, its own place. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

The activity affected by causes like fainting, sleep, excessive joy, grief, possession by spirits, fear etc goes to the heart, its own place.


Quote: Nobody doubts that he exists, though he may doubt the existence of God. If he finds out the truth about himself and discovers his own source, this is all that is required. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

Nobody doubts that he exists, though he may doubt the existence of God. If he finds out the truth about himself and discovers his own source, this is all that is required.


Quote: Thoughts come and go. Feelings come and go. Find out what it is that remains. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

Thoughts come and go. Feelings come and go. Find out what it is that remains.


Quote: Transforming yourself is a means of giving light to the whole world. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

Transforming yourself is a means of giving light to the whole world.


Quote: To the extent we behave with humility, to that extent good will result. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

To the extent we behave with humility, to that extent good will result.


Quote: 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. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

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.


Quote: God's grace consists in the fact that He shines in the heart of every one as the Self; that power of grace does not exclude any one, whether good or otherwise. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

God's grace consists in the fact that He shines in the heart of every one as the Self; that power of grace does not exclude any one, whether good or otherwise.


Quote: The greatest obstacle to enlightenment is getting past your delusion that you are not already enlightened. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

The greatest obstacle to enlightenment is getting past your delusion that you are not already enlightened.


Quote: The Self is here and now, it is the only Reality. There is nothing else. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

The Self is here and now, it is the only Reality. There is nothing else.


Quote: There are no impediments to meditation. The very thought of such obstacles is the greatest impediment. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

There are no impediments to meditation. The very thought of such obstacles is the greatest impediment.




Quote: You have to ask yourself the question 'Who am I?' This investigation will lead in the end to the discovery of something within you which is behind the mind. Solve that great problem and you will solve all other problems. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

You have to ask yourself the question 'Who am I?' This investigation will lead in the end to the discovery of something within you which is behind the mind. Solve that great problem and you will solve all other problems.


Quote: If you go the way of your thoughts you will be carried away by them and you will find yourself in an endless maze. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

If you go the way of your thoughts you will be carried away by them and you will find yourself in an endless maze.


Quote: Silence is never-ending speech. Vocal speech obstructs the other speech of silence. In silence one is in intimate contact with the surroundings. Language is only a medium for communicating one's thoughts to another. Silence is ever speaking. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

Silence is never-ending speech. Vocal speech obstructs the other speech of silence. In silence one is in intimate contact with the surroundings. Language is only a medium for communicating one's thoughts to another. Silence is ever speaking.


Quote: Beyond the belief that something can be lost, there is nothing to lose. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

Beyond the belief that something can be lost, there is nothing to lose.


Quote: The search Who am I...ends in the annihilation of the illusory I and the Self which remains over will be as clear as a gooseberry in the palm of one's hand. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

The search Who am I...ends in the annihilation of the illusory I and the Self which remains over will be as clear as a gooseberry in the palm of one's hand.


Quote: It is said that the heart is in the microcosm just as the orb of the sun in the macrocosm. The mind in Sahasrara is like the disc of the moon. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

It is said that the heart is in the microcosm just as the orb of the sun in the macrocosm. The mind in Sahasrara is like the disc of the moon.


Quote: The entire Universe is condensed in the body, and the entire

 body in the Heart. Thus the Heart is the nucleus of the whole Universe. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

The entire Universe is condensed in the body, and the entire

body in the Heart. Thus the Heart is the nucleus of the whole Universe.


Quote: Pleasure and pain are only aspects of the mind. Our essential nature is happiness. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

Pleasure and pain are only aspects of the mind. Our essential nature is happiness.


Quote: The Self alone exists. When you try to trace the ego, which is the basis of the perception of the world and everything else, you find the ego does not exist at all and neither does all this creation that you see. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

The Self alone exists. When you try to trace the ego, which is the basis of the perception of the world and everything else, you find the ego does not exist at all and neither does all this creation that you see.


Quote: The more you prune a plant, the more it grows. So too the more you seek to annihilate the ego, the more it will increase. You should seek the root of the ego and destroy it. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

The more you prune a plant, the more it grows. So too the more you seek to annihilate the ego, the more it will increase. You should seek the root of the ego and destroy it.


Quote: Peace is for the purification of one's mind. Power is for the growth of the community. Having established the community with power, one should then establish supreme peace. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

Peace is for the purification of one's mind. Power is for the growth of the community. Having established the community with power, one should then establish supreme peace.




Quote: The fact is that the mind is only a bundle of thoughts. The mind is 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. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of Ramana Maharshi quote: The fact is that the mind is only a bundle of thoughts. The mind is 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.- black text on quotes background

The fact is that the mind is only a bundle of thoughts. The mind is 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.




Quote: If a person realises his position and stays in his own self, things that are to happen will happen. Things that are not to happen will not happen. The shakti that is in the world, is only one. All these troubles arise if we think that we are separate from that shakti. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of Ramana Maharshi quote; white text on black background

If a person realises his position and stays in his own self, things that are to happen will happen. Things that are not to happen will not happen. The shakti that is in the world, is only one. All these troubles arise if we think that we are separate from that shakti.


Quote: Sense-perceptions can only be indirect knowledge, and not direct knowledge. Only one's own awareness is direct knowledge. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

Sense-perceptions can only be indirect knowledge, and not direct knowledge. Only one's own awareness is direct knowledge.


Quote: The Seeker himself becomes the knower. The thing to be known is already there. There is nothing to be known afresh. More-over there are no two things. There is only the seer, the knower. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

The Seeker himself becomes the knower. The thing to be known is already there. There is nothing to be known afresh. More-over there are no two things. There is only the seer, the knower.


Quote: By the inquiry 'Who am I?'. 

 The thought 'who am I?' will destroy all other thoughts, 

 and like the stick used for stirring the burning pyre, it will itself in the end get destroyed. Then, there will arise Self-realization. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

By the inquiry 'Who am I?'.

The thought 'who am I?' will destroy all other thoughts,

and like the stick used for stirring the burning pyre, it will itself in the end get destroyed. Then, there will arise Self-realization.


Quote: The state of self-realization, as we call it, is not attaining something new or reaching some goal which is far away, but simply being that which you always are and which you always have been. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

The state of self-realization, as we call it, is not attaining something new or reaching some goal which is far away, but simply being that which you always are and which you always have been.


Quote: Nearly all mankind is more or less unhappy because nearly all do not know the true Self. Real happiness abides in Self-knowledge alone. All else is fleeting. To know one's Self is to be blissful always. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

Nearly all mankind is more or less unhappy because nearly all do not know the true Self. Real happiness abides in Self-knowledge alone. All else is fleeting. To know one's Self is to be blissful always.


Quote: We loosely talk of Self-realization, for lack of a better term. But how can one realize that which alone is real? All we need to do is to give up our habit of regarding as real that which is unreal. All religious practices are meant solely to help us do this. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

We loosely talk of Self-realization, for lack of a better term. But how can one realize that which alone is real? All we need to do is to give up our habit of regarding as real that which is unreal. All religious practices are meant solely to help us do this.


Quote: There is no greater mystery than this, that we keep seeking reality though in fact we are reality. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

There is no greater mystery than this, that we keep seeking reality though in fact we are reality.


Quote: To know one's Self is to be blissful always. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

To know one's Self is to be blissful always.


Quote: Your duty is to Be, and not to be this or that. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

Your duty is to Be, and not to be this or that.


Quote: Calmness is the criterion of spiritual progress. Plunge the purified mind into the Heart. Then the work is over. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

Calmness is the criterion of spiritual progress. Plunge the purified mind into the Heart. Then the work is over.


Quote: The Self is the one Reality that always exists, and it is by the light of the Self that all other things are seen. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

The Self is the one Reality that always exists, and it is by the light of the Self that all other things are seen.


Quote: You are already that which you seek. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

You are already that which you seek.


Quote: He who thinks he is the doer is also the sufferer. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

He who thinks he is the doer is also the sufferer.


Quote: 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. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

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.


Quote: Aim high, aim at the highest, and all lower aims are thereby achieved. It is looking below on the stormy sea of differences that makes you sink. Look up, beyond these and see the One Glorious Real, and you are saved. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

Aim high, aim at the highest, and all lower aims are thereby achieved. It is looking below on the stormy sea of differences that makes you sink. Look up, beyond these and see the One Glorious Real, and you are saved.


Quote: If one watches whence the notion 'I' arises, the mind gets absorbed there; that is tapas. When a mantra is repeated, if one watches whence that mantra sound arises, the mind gets absorbed

there; that is tapas. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

If one watches whence the notion 'I' arises, the mind gets absorbed there; that is tapas. When a mantra is repeated, if one watches whence that mantra sound arises, the mind gets absorbed

there; that is tapas.


Quote: The main factor in meditation is to keep the mind active in its own pursuit without taking in external impressions or thinking of other matters. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

The main factor in meditation is to keep the mind active in its own pursuit without taking in external impressions or thinking of other matters.




Quote: 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. Transforming yourself is a means of giving light to the whole world. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

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. Transforming yourself is a means of giving light to the whole world.


Quote: 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'. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

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'.


Quote: The ultimate truth is so simple; it is nothing more than being in one's natural, original state. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

The ultimate truth is so simple; it is nothing more than being in one's natural, original state.


Quote: Pure Consciousness, which is the Heart, includes all, and nothing is outside or apart from it. That is the ultimate Truth. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

Pure Consciousness, which is the Heart, includes all, and nothing is outside or apart from it. That is the ultimate Truth.


Quote: The pure mind is itself Brahman; it therefore follows that Brahman is not other than the mind of the sage. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

The pure mind is itself Brahman; it therefore follows that Brahman is not other than the mind of the sage.


Quote: Instead of indulging in mere speculation, devote yourself here and now to the search for the Truth that is ever within you. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

Instead of indulging in mere speculation, devote yourself here and now to the search for the Truth that is ever within you.


Quote: Your duty is to be, and not to be this or that. I Am That I Am sums up the whole truth; the method is summarized in Be Still. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

Your duty is to be, and not to be this or that. I Am That I Am sums up the whole truth; the method is summarized in Be Still.




Quote: The man who has the sense of the body being himself cannot possibly worship God as formless; whatever worship he makes will be worship in form alone, not otherwise. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

The man who has the sense of the body being himself cannot possibly worship God as formless; whatever worship he makes will be worship in form alone, not otherwise.


Quote: A higher power is leading you; be led by the same. It knows what to do and how to do it. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

A higher power is leading you; be led by the same. It knows what to do and how to do it.




Quote: Our identification with the mind and body is the chief reason for our failure to know our self as we truly are. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

Our identification with the mind and body is the chief reason for our failure to know our self as we truly are.


Quote: I have never said that there is no need for a guru. All depends on what you call guru. He need not be in a human form. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

I have never said that there is no need for a guru. All depends on what you call guru. He need not be in a human form.


Quote: The Self is the heart, self-luminous. Illumination arises from the heart and reaches the brain, which is the seat of the mind. The world is seen with the mind; so you see the world by the reflected light of the Self. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

The Self is the heart, self-luminous. Illumination arises from the heart and reaches the brain, which is the seat of the mind. The world is seen with the mind; so you see the world by the reflected light of the Self.


Quote: Without seeing the origin of light, the true form of one's Self, the ordinary man sees by the mind different things and is deluded. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

Without seeing the origin of light, the true form of one's Self, the ordinary man sees by the mind different things and is deluded.


Quote: There is nothing new to gain. On the other hand a man must lose his ignorance. That is all. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

There is nothing new to gain. On the other hand a man must lose his ignorance. That is all.


Quote: God illumines the mind and shines within it. One cannot know God by means of the mind. One can but turn the mind inwards and merge it in God. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

God illumines the mind and shines within it. One cannot know God by means of the mind. One can but turn the mind inwards and merge it in God.


Quote: For those who have obtained unobstructed knowledge of Self, the world is seen merely as a bondage causing imagination. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

For those who have obtained unobstructed knowledge of Self, the world is seen merely as a bondage causing imagination.




Quote: Remove the Ego and Avidya (Ignorance) is gone. Look for it, the ego vanishes and the real Self alone remains. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

Remove the Ego and Avidya (Ignorance) is gone. Look for it, the ego vanishes and the real Self alone remains.


Quote: Your own Self-realization is the greatest service you can render the world. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

Your own Self-realization is the greatest service you can render the world.


Quote: The means that make one qualified for enquiry are meditation, yoga, etc. One should gain proficiency in these through graded practice and thus secure a stream of mental modes that is natural and helpful. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

The means that make one qualified for enquiry are meditation, yoga, etc. One should gain proficiency in these through graded practice and thus secure a stream of mental modes that is natural and helpful.


Quote: If one wants to abide in the thought-free state, a struggle is inevitable.

 One must fight one's way through before regaining one's original primal state. 

 If one succeeds in the fight and reaches the goal, the enemy, namely the thoughts,

 will all subside in the Self and disappear entirely. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of Ramana Maharshi quote: If one wants to abide in the thought-free state, a struggle is inevitable.

 One must fight one's way through before regaining one's original primal state. 

 If one succeeds in the fight and reaches the goal, the enemy, namely the thoughts,

 will all subside in the Self and disappear entirely.- black text on quotes background

If one wants to abide in the thought-free state, a struggle is inevitable.

One must fight one's way through before regaining one's original primal state.

If one succeeds in the fight and reaches the goal, the enemy, namely the thoughts,

will all subside in the Self and disappear entirely.


Quote: Like the practice of breath control, meditation on the forms of God, repetition of mantras, food restrictions, etc., are but aids for rendering the mind quiescent. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

Like the practice of breath control, meditation on the forms of God, repetition of mantras, food restrictions, etc., are but aids for rendering the mind quiescent.


Quote: Even as one and the same person is called by different names according to the different functions he performs, so also one and the same mind is called by the different names: mind, intellect, memory, and egoity, on account of the difference in the modes -- and not because of any real difference. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of Ramana Maharshi quote: Even as one and the same person is called by different names according to the different functions he performs, so also one and the same mind is called by the different names: mind, intellect, memory, and egoity, on account of the difference in the modes -- and not because of any real difference.- black text on quotes background

Even as one and the same person is called by different names according to the different functions he performs, so also one and the same mind is called by the different names: mind, intellect, memory, and egoity, on account of the difference in the modes -- and not because of any real difference.


Quote: This perception of division between the seer and the object that is seen, is situated in the mind. For those remaining in the heart, the seer becomes one with the sight. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

This perception of division between the seer and the object that is seen, is situated in the mind. For those remaining in the heart, the seer becomes one with the sight.


Quote: The thing to do is to concentrate on the seer and not on the seen, not on the objects, but on the Light which reveals them. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

The thing to do is to concentrate on the seer and not on the seen, not on the objects, but on the Light which reveals them.


Quote: If you are vigilant and make a stern effort to reject every thought when it rises, you will soon find that you are going deeper and deeper into your own inner self, where there is no need for your effort to reject the thoughts. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

If you are vigilant and make a stern effort to reject every thought when it rises, you will soon find that you are going deeper and deeper into your own inner self, where there is no need for your effort to reject the thoughts.


Quote: Realisation is nothing new to be acquired. It is already there, but obstructed by a screen of thoughts. All our attempts are directed to lifting this screen and then realisation is revealed. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

Realisation is nothing new to be acquired. It is already there, but obstructed by a screen of thoughts. All our attempts are directed to lifting this screen and then realisation is revealed.


Quote: One should remain as a witness to whatever happens, adopting the attitude, 'Let whatever strange things that happens happen, let us see!' This should be one's practice. Nothing happens by accident in the divine scheme of things. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

One should remain as a witness to whatever happens, adopting the attitude, 'Let whatever strange things that happens happen, let us see!' This should be one's practice. Nothing happens by accident in the divine scheme of things.


Quote: The ultimate truth is so simple. It is nothing more than being in the pristine state. This is all that needs to be said. Only mature minds can grasp the simple truth in all its nakedness. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

The ultimate truth is so simple. It is nothing more than being in the pristine state. This is all that needs to be said. Only mature minds can grasp the simple truth in all its nakedness.


Quote: Even in intake, the one steadfast thought is said to be the natural state. Nirvikalpa Samadhi will result when the sensory objects are not present. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

Even in intake, the one steadfast thought is said to be the natural state. Nirvikalpa Samadhi will result when the sensory objects are not present.


Quote: Non-action is unceasing activity. The sage is characterized by eternal and intense activity. His stillness is like the apparent stillness of a fast rotating gyroscope. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

Non-action is unceasing activity. The sage is characterized by eternal and intense activity. His stillness is like the apparent stillness of a fast rotating gyroscope.


Quote: It is every intelligent man's experience that evildoing recoils on the doer sooner or later. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

It is every intelligent man's experience that evildoing recoils on the doer sooner or later.


Quote: Till you reach the state of jnana and thus wake out of maya you must do social service by relieving suffering whenever you see it. But even then you must do it without ahankara, i.e., without the sense of 'I am the doer', but with the feeling 'I am the Lord's tool'. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of Ramana Maharshi quote; white text on black background

Till you reach the state of jnana and thus wake out of maya you must do social service by relieving suffering whenever you see it. But even then you must do it without ahankara, i.e., without the sense of 'I am the doer', but with the feeling 'I am the Lord's tool'.


Quote: All that exists is but the manifestation of the Supreme Being. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

All that exists is but the manifestation of the Supreme Being.


Quote: You are the Supreme Being, and yet thinking yourself to be separate from it, you strive to become united with it. What is stranger than this? by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

You are the Supreme Being, and yet thinking yourself to be separate from it, you strive to become united with it. What is stranger than this?


Quote: Have faith in God and in yourself; that will cure all. Hope for the best, expect the best, toil for the best and everything will come right for you in the end. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

Have faith in God and in yourself; that will cure all. Hope for the best, expect the best, toil for the best and everything will come right for you in the end.


Quote: Realisation is our nature. It is nothing new to be gained. What is new cannot be eternal. Therefore there is no need for doubting if one would lose or gain the Self. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

Realisation is our nature. It is nothing new to be gained. What is new cannot be eternal. Therefore there is no need for doubting if one would lose or gain the Self.


Quote: You impose limits on your true nature of infinite being. Then you get displeased to be only a limited creature. Then you begin spiritual practices to transcend these non-existing limits. But if your practice itself implies the existence of these limits, how could they allow you to transcend them. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of Ramana Maharshi quote: You impose limits on your true nature of infinite being. Then you get displeased to be only a limited creature. Then you begin spiritual practices to transcend these non-existing limits. But if your practice itself implies the existence of these limits, how could they allow you to transcend them.- black text on quotes background

You impose limits on your true nature of infinite being. Then you get displeased to be only a limited creature. Then you begin spiritual practices to transcend these non-existing limits. But if your practice itself implies the existence of these limits, how could they allow you to transcend them.


Quote: Your true nature is that of infinite spirit. The feeling of limitation is the work of the mind. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

Your true nature is that of infinite spirit. The feeling of limitation is the work of the mind.




Quote: Under whatever name or form we worship It, It leads us on to knowledge of the nameless, formless Absolute. Yet, to see one's true Self in the Absolute, to subside into It and be one with

It, this is the true Knowledge of the Truth. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

Under whatever name or form we worship It, It leads us on to knowledge of the nameless, formless Absolute. Yet, to see one's true Self in the Absolute, to subside into It and be one with

It, this is the true Knowledge of the Truth.


Quote: Wanting to reform the world without discovering one's true self is like trying to cover the world with leather to avoid the pain of walking on stones and thorns. It is much simpler to wear shoes. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

Wanting to reform the world without discovering one's true self is like trying to cover the world with leather to avoid the pain of walking on stones and thorns. It is much simpler to wear shoes.


Quote: That alone is Real which exists by itself, which reveals itself by itself and which is eternal and unchanging. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

That alone is Real which exists by itself, which reveals itself by itself and which is eternal and unchanging.


Quote: When one remains without thinking one understands another by means of the universal language of Silence. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

When one remains without thinking one understands another by means of the universal language of Silence.




Quote: Peace can reign only where there is no disturbance, and disturbance is due to thoughts that arise in the mind. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

Peace can reign only where there is no disturbance, and disturbance is due to thoughts that arise in the mind.


Quote: Suffering turns men towards their creator. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

Suffering turns men towards their creator.


Quote: Turn the mind inward and cease thinking of yourself as the body; thereby you will come to know that the self is ever happy. Neither grief nor misery is experienced in this state. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

Turn the mind inward and cease thinking of yourself as the body; thereby you will come to know that the self is ever happy. Neither grief nor misery is experienced in this state.


Quote: Mind is but a poor reflection of the radiant Heart. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

Mind is but a poor reflection of the radiant Heart.


Quote: Happiness is your nature. It is not wrong to desire it. What is wrong is seeking it outside when it is inside. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

Happiness is your nature. It is not wrong to desire it. What is wrong is seeking it outside when it is inside.


Quote: Grace is ever present. All that is necessary is that you surrender to it. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

Grace is ever present. All that is necessary is that you surrender to it.


Quote: Who am I? Not the body, because it is decaying; not the mind, because the brain will decay with the body; not the personality, nor the emotions, for these also will vanish with death. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

Who am I? Not the body, because it is decaying; not the mind, because the brain will decay with the body; not the personality, nor the emotions, for these also will vanish with death.


Quote: If you make the thief the policeman there will be lots of investigation but no arrests will ever be made. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

If you make the thief the policeman there will be lots of investigation but no arrests will ever be made.




Quote: Let what comes come, let what goes go. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

Let what comes come, let what goes go.




Quote: Meditation applies the brakes to the mind. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

Meditation applies the brakes to the mind.


Quote: Food affects the mind. For the practice of any kind of yoga, vegetarianism is absolutely necessary since it makes the mind more pure and harmonious. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

Food affects the mind. For the practice of any kind of yoga, vegetarianism is absolutely necessary since it makes the mind more pure and harmonious.


Quote: There is nothing wrong with God's creation. Mystery and Suffering only exist in the mind. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

There is nothing wrong with God's creation. Mystery and Suffering only exist in the mind.


Quote: Your own Self-Realization is the greatest service you can render the world. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

Your own Self-Realization is the greatest service you can render the world.


Quote: The degree of freedom from unwanted thoughts and the degree of concentration on a single thought are the measures to gauge spiritual progress. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

The degree of freedom from unwanted thoughts and the degree of concentration on a single thought are the measures to gauge spiritual progress.


Quote: We dig a well and create a huge pit. The space in the pit or well has not been created by us. We have just removed the earth which was filling the space there. The space was there then and is also there now. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

We dig a well and create a huge pit. The space in the pit or well has not been created by us. We have just removed the earth which was filling the space there. The space was there then and is also there now.


Quote: If the mind falls asleep, awaken it. Then if it starts wandering, make it quiet. If you reach the state where there is neither sleep nor movement of mind, stay still in that, the natural (real) state. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

If the mind falls asleep, awaken it. Then if it starts wandering, make it quiet. If you reach the state where there is neither sleep nor movement of mind, stay still in that, the natural (real) state.


Quote: Do what is right at a given moment and leave it behind. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

Do what is right at a given moment and leave it behind.


Quote: You are awareness. Awareness is another name for you. Since you are awareness there is no need to attain or cultivate it. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

You are awareness. Awareness is another name for you. Since you are awareness there is no need to attain or cultivate it.


Quote: Eventually, all that one has learnt will have to be forgotten. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

Eventually, all that one has learnt will have to be forgotten.


Quote: Let what comes come. Let what goes go. Find out what remains. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

Let what comes come. Let what goes go. Find out what remains.


Quote: Everything in the world was my Guru. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

Everything in the world was my Guru.


Quote: Realisation is not acquisition of anything new nor is it a new faculty. It is only removal of all camouflage. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

Realisation is not acquisition of anything new nor is it a new faculty. It is only removal of all camouflage.


Quote: Speech is always less powerful than silence. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

Speech is always less powerful than silence.


Quote: Silence is also a conversation. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

Silence is also a conversation.


Quote: Seek the seeker. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

Seek the seeker.


Quote: Meditation helps concentration of the mind. Then the mind is free from thoughts and is in the meditated form. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

Meditation helps concentration of the mind. Then the mind is free from thoughts and is in the meditated form.




Quote: Silence is ever speaking; it is the perennial flow of language. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

Silence is ever speaking; it is the perennial flow of language.




Quote: Think of God; attachments will gradually drop away. If you wait till all desires disappear before starting your devotion and prayer, you will have to wait for a very long time indeed. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

Think of God; attachments will gradually drop away. If you wait till all desires disappear before starting your devotion and prayer, you will have to wait for a very long time indeed.




Quote: Let come what comes, let go what goes. See what remains. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

Let come what comes, let go what goes. See what remains.


Quote: You need not aspire for or get any new state. Get rid of your present thoughts, that is all. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

You need not aspire for or get any new state. Get rid of your present thoughts, that is all.


Quote: There is no doubt whatsoever that the universe is the merest illusion. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

There is no doubt whatsoever that the universe is the merest illusion.


Quote: Self-reform automatically brings about social reform. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

Self-reform automatically brings about social reform.


Quote: Actions yield result by the ordinance of God as He wills. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

Actions yield result by the ordinance of God as He wills.


Quote: That which comes and goes, rises and sets, is born and dies is the ego. That which always abides, never changes, and is devoid of qualities is the Self. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

That which comes and goes, rises and sets, is born and dies is the ego. That which always abides, never changes, and is devoid of qualities is the Self.


Quote: Without understanding yourself, what is the use of trying to understand the world? by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

Without understanding yourself, what is the use of trying to understand the world?


Quote: Time and space always change, but there is something which is eternal and changeless. For example, the world and time, past or future, nothing exists for us in sleep. But we exist. Let us try to find out that which is changeless and which always exists. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

Time and space always change, but there is something which is eternal and changeless. For example, the world and time, past or future, nothing exists for us in sleep. But we exist. Let us try to find out that which is changeless and which always exists.


Quote: Mind is consciousness which has put on limitations. You are originally unlimited and perfect. Later you take on limitations and become the mind. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

Mind is consciousness which has put on limitations. You are originally unlimited and perfect. Later you take on limitations and become the mind.


Quote: It is the Higher Power which does everything, and the man is only a tool. If he accepts that position, he is free from troubles; otherwise, he courts them. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

It is the Higher Power which does everything, and the man is only a tool. If he accepts that position, he is free from troubles; otherwise, he courts them.


Quote: The body dies, but the spirit that transcends it cannot be touched by death. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

The body dies, but the spirit that transcends it cannot be touched by death.


Quote: Our own self-realization is the greatest service we can render the world. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

Our own self-realization is the greatest service we can render the world.


Quote: I am not the perishable body, but the eternal Self. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

I am not the perishable body, but the eternal Self.


Quote: If there is anything besides the Self there is reason to fear? Who sees the second? First, the ego arises and sees objects as external. If the ego does not rise, the Self alone exists and there is no second. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

If there is anything besides the Self there is reason to fear? Who sees the second? First, the ego arises and sees objects as external. If the ego does not rise, the Self alone exists and there is no second.


Quote: The best way to meditate is through meditation itself. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

The best way to meditate is through meditation itself.


Quote: All bad qualities centre round the ego. When the ego is gone, Realisation results by itself. There are neither good nor bad qualities in the Self. The Self is free from all qualities. Qualities pertain to the mind only. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

All bad qualities centre round the ego. When the ego is gone, Realisation results by itself. There are neither good nor bad qualities in the Self. The Self is free from all qualities. Qualities pertain to the mind only.


Quote: All activities and events that a body is to go through are determined at the time of conception. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

All activities and events that a body is to go through are determined at the time of conception.


Quote: Even the structure of the atom has been found by the mind. Therefore the mind is subtler than the atom. That which is behind the mind, namely the individual soul, is subtler than the mind. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

Even the structure of the atom has been found by the mind. Therefore the mind is subtler than the atom. That which is behind the mind, namely the individual soul, is subtler than the mind.


Quote: Doubts never end. If one doubt is removed, another takes its place. It is like removing the leaves of a tree one by one. Even if all the leaves are clipped off, new ones grow. The tree itself must be uprooted. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of photo of author Ramana Maharshi with quote

Doubts never end. If one doubt is removed, another takes its place. It is like removing the leaves of a tree one by one. Even if all the leaves are clipped off, new ones grow. The tree itself must be uprooted.


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