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Ramana Maharshi Quote: “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.”

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



Ramana Maharshi Quote: “The question ‘Who am I?’ is not really meant to get an answer, the question ‘Who am I?’ is meant to dissolve the questioner.”

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

— Ramana Maharshi


Ramana Maharshi Quote: “Your own Self-Realization is the greatest service you can render the world.”

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

— Ramana Maharshi


Ramana Maharshi Quote: “Happiness is your nature. It is not wrong to desire it. What is wrong is seeking it outside when it is inside.”

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

— Ramana Maharshi


Ramana Maharshi Quote: “Thoughts come and go. Feelings come and go. Find out what it is that remains.”

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

— Ramana Maharshi


Ramana Maharshi Quote: “Silence is truth. Silence is bliss. Silence is peace. And hence Silence is the Self.”

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

— Ramana Maharshi


Ramana Maharshi Quote: “Engage yourself in the living present. The future will take care of itself.”

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

— Ramana Maharshi


Ramana Maharshi Quote: “You are already that which you seek.”

You are already that which you seek.

— Ramana Maharshi


Ramana Maharshi Quote: “As you are, so is the world.”

As you are, so is the world.

— Ramana Maharshi


Ramana Maharshi Quote: “Peace is your natural state. It is the mind that obstructs the natural state.”

Peace is your natural state. It is the mind that obstructs the natural state.

— Ramana Maharshi



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

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

— Ramana Maharshi


Ramana Maharshi Quote: “Silence is most powerful. Speech is always less powerful than silence.”

Silence is most powerful. Speech is always less powerful than silence.

— Ramana Maharshi


Ramana Maharshi Quote: “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.”

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.

— Ramana Maharshi


Ramana Maharshi Quote: “If the ego rises, all else will also rise; if it subsides, all else will also subside.”

If the ego rises, all else will also rise; if it subsides, all else will also subside.

— Ramana Maharshi


Ramana Maharshi Quote: “Pleasure and pain are only aspects of the mind. Our essential nature is happiness.”

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

— Ramana Maharshi


Ramana Maharshi 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.”

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.

— Ramana Maharshi


Ramana Maharshi Quote: “The degree of freedom from unwanted thoughts and the degree of concentration on a single thought are the measures to gauge spiritual progress.”

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

— Ramana Maharshi


Ramana Maharshi 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.”

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.

— Ramana Maharshi


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

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

— Ramana Maharshi


Ramana Maharshi Quote: “You are all searching for the silence of the mountain. But you’re looking for something outside. This silence is accessible to you right now, inside the center of your own being.”

You are all searching for the silence of the mountain. But you’re looking for something outside. This silence is accessible to you right now, inside the center of your own being.

— Ramana Maharshi



Ramana Maharshi Quote: “Grace is ever present. All that is necessary is that you surrender to it.”

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

— Ramana Maharshi


Ramana Maharshi Quote: “Realisation is not acquisition of anything new nor is it a new faculty. It is only removal of all camouflage.”

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

— Ramana Maharshi


Ramana Maharshi Quote: “Self-inquiry is the process and the goal also. ‘I am’ is the goal and the final reality. To hold to it with effort is self-inquiry. When spontaneous and natural it is realization.”

Self-inquiry is the process and the goal also. ‘I am’ is the goal and the final reality. To hold to it with effort is self-inquiry. When spontaneous and natural it is realization.

— Ramana Maharshi


Ramana Maharshi Quote: “He who thinks he is the doer is also the sufferer.”

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

— Ramana Maharshi


Ramana Maharshi 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.”

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.

— Ramana Maharshi


Ramana Maharshi Quote: “That which is not present in deep dreamless sleep is not real.”

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

— Ramana Maharshi


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.”

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.

— Ramana Maharshi


Ramana Maharshi Quote: “The world is not outside you.”

The world is not outside you.

— Ramana Maharshi


Ramana Maharshi Quote: “Calmness is the criterion of spiritual progress. Plunge the purified mind into the Heart. Then the work is over.”

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

— Ramana Maharshi


Ramana Maharshi Quote: “Silence is also conversation.”

Silence is also conversation.

— Ramana Maharshi


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

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

— Ramana Maharshi


Ramana Maharshi Quote: “The end of all wisdom is love, love, love.”

The end of all wisdom is love, love, love.

— Ramana Maharshi


Ramana Maharshi Quote: “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.”

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.

— Ramana Maharshi


Ramana Maharshi Quote: “You and I are the same. What I have done is surely possible for all. You are the Self now and can never be anything else. Throw your worries to the wind, turn within and find Peace.”

You and I are the same. What I have done is surely possible for all. You are the Self now and can never be anything else. Throw your worries to the wind, turn within and find Peace.

— Ramana Maharshi


Ramana Maharshi 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.”

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.

— Ramana Maharshi


Ramana Maharshi Quote: “There is nothing wrong with God’s creation. Mystery and Suffering only exist in the mind.”

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

— Ramana Maharshi


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

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

— Ramana Maharshi


Ramana Maharshi Quote: “In truth, you are spirit. The body has been projected by the mind, which itself originates from Spirit.”

In truth, you are spirit. The body has been projected by the mind, which itself originates from Spirit.

— Ramana Maharshi


Ramana Maharshi Quote: “To ask the mind to kill itself is like making the thief the policeman. He will go with you and pretend to catch the thief, but nothing will be gained. So you must turn inward and see where the mind rises from, and then it will cease to exist.”

To ask the mind to kill itself is like making the thief the policeman. He will go with you and pretend to catch the thief, but nothing will be gained. So you must turn inward and see where the mind rises from, and then it will cease to exist.

— Ramana Maharshi


Ramana Maharshi Quote: “Forgetfulness of your real nature is true death; remembrance of it is rebirth.”

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

— Ramana Maharshi


Ramana Maharshi Quote: “I see only what you see, but I notice what I see.”

I see only what you see, but I notice what I see.

— Ramana Maharshi


Ramana Maharshi 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.”

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.

— Ramana Maharshi


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

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

— Ramana Maharshi


Ramana Maharshi 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.”

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.

— Ramana Maharshi


Ramana Maharshi Quote: “Doubts arise because of an absence of surrender.”

Doubts arise because of an absence of surrender.

— Ramana Maharshi


Ramana Maharshi 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.”

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


Ramana Maharshi Quote: “The place where even the slightest trace of the ‘I’ does not exist, alone is Self.”

The place where even the slightest trace of the ‘I’ does not exist, alone is Self.

— Ramana Maharshi


Ramana Maharshi Quote: “True Silence is really endless speech.”

True Silence is really endless speech.

— Ramana Maharshi


Ramana Maharshi Quote: “There is neither creation nor destruction, neither destiny nor free will, neither path nor achievement. This is the final truth.”

There is neither creation nor destruction, neither destiny nor free will, neither path nor achievement. This is the final truth.

— Ramana Maharshi


Ramana Maharshi Quote: “The state we call realization is simply being oneself, not knowing anything or becoming anything.”

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

— Ramana Maharshi

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