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“Your own Self-Realization is the greatest service you can render the world.”
Ramana Maharshi
“Happiness is your nature. It is not wrong to desire it. What is wrong is seeking it outside when it is inside.”
Ramana Maharshi
“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 summed up in the words 'Be still'. What does stillness mean? It means destroy yourself. Because any form or shape is the cause for trouble. Give up the notion that 'I am so and so'. All that is required to realize the Self is to be still. What can be easier than that?”
Ramana Maharshi
“Whatever is destined not to happen will not happen, try as you may. Whatever is destined to happen will happen, do what you may to prevent it. This is certain. The best course, therefore, is to remain silent.”
Ramana Maharshi
“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.”
Ramana Maharshi
“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.”
Ramana Maharshi
“There is neither creation nor destruction,
neither destiny nor free will, neither
path nor achievement.
This is the final truth.”
Ramana Maharshi, Sayings of Sri Ramana Maharshi
“There is neither Past nor Future. There is only the Present.”
Ramana Maharshi
“All that is required to realise the Self is to “Be Still.”
Ramana Maharshi
“Realisation is not acquisition of anything new nor is it a new faculty. It is only removal of all camouflage”
Ramana Maharshi
“You can only stop the flow of thoughts by refusing to have any interest in it.”
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“If you go on working with the light available, you will meet your Master, as he himself will be seeking you.”
Ramana Maharshi
“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.”
Ramana Maharshi, The Collected Works of Ramana Maharshi
“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.”
Ramana Maharshi
“What is illusion?
M.: To whom is the illusion? Find it out. Then illusion will vanish.
Generally people want to know about illusion and do not examine
to whom it is. It is foolish. Illusion is outside and unknown. But
the seeker is considered to be known and is inside. Find out what
is immediate, intimate, instead of trying to find out what is distant
and unknown.”
Ramana Maharshi, Talks with Ramana Maharshi: On Realizing Abiding Peace and Happiness
“Time is only an idea. There is only the Reality Whatever you
think it is, it looks like that. If you call it time, it is time. If you
call it existence, it is existence, and so on. After calling it time, you
divide it into days and nights, months, years, hours, minutes, etc.
Time is immaterial for the Path of Knowledge. But some of these
rules and discipline are good for beginners.”
Ramana Maharshi, Talks with Ramana Maharshi: On Realizing Abiding Peace and Happiness
“Eventually, all that one has learnt will have to be forgotten.”
Ramana Maharshi
“Know that the eradication of the identification with the body is charity, spiritual austerity and ritual sacrifice; it is virtue, divine union and devotion; it is heaven, wealth, peace and truth; it is grace; it is the state of divine silence; it is the deathless death; it is jnana, renunciation, final liberation and bliss.”
Ramana Maharshi
“No one succeeds without effort... Those who succeed owe their success to perseverance.”
Ramana Maharshi
“The pure mind is itself Brahman; it therefore follows that Brahman is not other than the mind of the sage.”
Ramana Maharshi, Talks with Ramana Maharshi: On Realizing Abiding Peace and Happiness
“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.”
Ramana Maharshi
“Let what comes come.
Let what goes go.
Find out what remains.”
Ramana Maharshi
“Become conscious of being conscious. Say or think “I am”, and add nothing to it. Be aware of the stillness that follows the “I am”. Sense your presence, the naked unveiled, unclothed beingness. It is untouched by young or old, rich or poor, good or bad, or any other attributes. It is the spacious womb of all creation, all form.”
Ramana Maharshi
“If you hold this feeling of ‘I’ long enough and strongly enough, the false ‘I’ will vanish leaving only the unbroken awareness of the real, immanent ‘I’, consciousness itself”
Ramana Maharshi
“Remain still, with the conviction that the Self shines as everything yet nothing, within, without, and everywhere.”
Ramana Maharshi
“When one remains without thinking one understands another by means of the universal language of silence.”
Ramana Maharshi
“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.”
Ramana Maharshi
“All are gurus to us, the wicked by their evil deeds say 'do not come near me'. the good are always good, therefore all are like gurus to us.”
Ramana Maharshi
“The only useful purpose of the present birth is to turn within and realize the Self.”
Ramana Maharshi
“There is nothing like ‘within’ or ‘without.’ Both mean either the same thing or nothing.”
Ramana Maharshi

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