Sri Ramana Maharshi Quotes

Ramana MaharshiRamana Maharhshi was a well-known guru and spiritual teacher from southern India who taught during the first half of the twentieth century.

Sri Ramana Maharshi was born in 1879 near Madurai, Tamilnadu, India.

He recommended self-enquiry as the principal means to remove ignorance and abide in Self-awareness, together with bhakti (devotion).

Ramana Maharshi Quotes – Mind, Meditation, Realization and Other Topics

Ramana Maharshi Quotes on the Mind

“Mind is consciousness, which has limitations. We are originally unlimited and perfect. Later on we take on limitations and become the mind.”

“When one makes the mind stick to one thought, the mind becomes rock-steady and the energy is conserved.”

“The mind is only a bundle of thoughts. The thoughts have their root in the I-thought. Whoever investigates the True “I” enjoys the stillness of bliss.”

“When we turn the mind inwards, God manifests as the inner consciousness.”

“When the mind is left without anything to cling to, it becomes still.”

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

“There is no mind to control if you realize the self. The mind having vanished, the self shines forth. In the realized man, the mind may be active or inactive, the self remains for him.”

“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.”

Ramana Maharshi Quotes on Meditation

“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.”

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

“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.”

“The mind of one meditating on a single object becomes one-pointed. And one-pointedness of mind leads to abidance in the self.”

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

Ramana Maharshi Quotes on Thinking and Thoughts

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

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

“The “I” thought is said to be the sum total of all thoughts. The source of the ā€œIā€ thought has to be enquired into.”

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

“Of all the thoughts that rise in the mind, the thought ‘I’ is the first thought.”

Ramana Maharshi Quotes on Realization

“Real attainment is to be fully conscious, to be aware of surroundings and the people around, to move among them all, but not to merge consciousness in the environment. One should remain in inner independent awareness.”

“Once the current of awareness of the self is set afoot, it becomes everlasting and continuous by intensification.”

“Realization is to get rid of the delusion that you have not realized.”

“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?”

“Realization is our true nature. It is nothing new to be gained. What is new cannot be eternal. Therefore there is no need to be doubting whether we would gain or lose the self.”

“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.”

“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.”

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

“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”.

“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.”

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Ramana Maharshi Quotes on Peace and Silence

“If one’s mind has peace, the whole world will appear peaceful.”

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

“Peace is the inner nature of humankind. If you find it within yourself, you will then find it everywhere.”

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

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

“Realization is not acquisition or anything new nor is it a new faculty. It is only removal of all camouflage.”

Ramana Maharshi Quotes on the Self

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

“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.”

“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.”

“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.”

“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.”

“Why should you trouble yourself about the future? You do not even properly know about the present. Take care of the present, the future will take care of itself.”

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