Quotes by: Ramana Maharshi
Sri Ramana Maharshi in his late 60s.
30 December 1879
Tiruchuzhi, Madras Presidency, British India
||14 April 1950
Sri Ramana Ashram, Tiruvannamalai, India
||Nān Yār? ("Who am I?")
Five Hymns to Arunachala
||Of all the thoughts that rise in the mind, the thought 'I' is the first thought.
All activities and events that a body is to go through are determined at the time of conception.
The Real is ever-present, like the screen on which the cinematographic pictures move. While the picture appears on it, the screen remains invisible. Stop the picture, and the screen will become clear. All thoughts and events are merely pictures moving on the screen of Pure Consciousness, which alone is real.
It is every intelligent man's experience that evildoing recoils on the doer sooner or later.
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.
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.
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.
When there are thoughts, it is distraction: when there are no thoughts, it is meditation.
You need not aspire for or get any new state. Get rid of your present thoughts, that is all.
Consciousness is indeed always with us. Everyone knows 'I am!' No one can deny his own being.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Every moment there is creation, every moment destruction. There is no absolute creation, no absolute destruction. Both are movement, and that is eternal.
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.