Ramana Maharshi Quotes

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

     

  • 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.

  • There is neither past nor future. There is only the present. Yesterday was the present to you when you experienced it, and tomorrow will be also the present when you experience it. Therefore, experience takes place only in the present, and beyond experience nothing exists.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • The question ‘Who am I?’ is not really meant to get an answer, the question ‘Who am I?’ is meant to dissolve the questioner.

  • 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.

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

  • …the Lord of the Universe carries the entire burden of this world. You imagine you do. You can hand all your burdens over to His care. Whatever you have to do, you will be made an instrument for doing it at the right time. Do not think you cannot do it unless you have the desire to do it. Desire does not give you the strength for doing. The entire strength is the Lord’s.

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

  • Seeing God without seeing the Self, one sees only mental image. Only he who has seen Himself has seen God, since he has lost individuality, and now sees nothing but God.

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

  • 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.

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

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

  • Engage yourself in the living present. The future will take care of itself.

  • How to get rid of the mind? Is it the mind that wants to kill itself? The mind cannot kill itself. So your business is to find the real nature of the mind. Then you will know that there is no mind. When the Self is sought, the mind is nowhere. Abiding in the Self, one need not worry about the mind.

  • If a man considers that he is born, he cannot avoid the fear of death. Let him find out if he has been born or if the Self has any birth. He will discover that the Self always exists, that the body that is born resolves itself into thought and that the emergence of thought is the root of all mischief. Find from where thoughts emerge. Then you will be able to abide in the ever-present inmost Self and be free from the idea of birth or the fear of death.

  • Without knowing the Knower, all the knowledge that one gathers cannot be valid.

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

  • Concentration is not thinking of one thing. On the contrary, it is excluding all thoughts, since all thoughts obstruct the sense of one’s true being. All efforts are to be directed simply to removing the veil of ignorance. Concentrating the mind solely on the Self will lead to happiness or bliss. Drawing in the thoughts, restraining them and preventing them from straying outwards is called detachment (vairagya). Fixing them in the Self is spiritual practice (sadhana). Concentrating on the heart is the same as concentrating on the Self. Heart is another name for Self.

  • Ramana Maharshi quote: No one succeeds without effort... Those who succeed owe their success to perseverance.No one succeeds without effort… Those who succeed owe their success to perseverance.

  • Turn your vision inward and the whole world will be full of supreme spirit.

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

  • 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.