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Ramana Maharshi Quote: “Grace is within you. If it were external, it would be useless.”

Grace is within you. If it were external, it would be useless.

— Ramana Maharshi



Ramana Maharshi Quote: “Instead of indulging in mere speculation, devote yourself here and now to the search for the Truth that is ever within you.”

Instead of indulging in mere speculation, devote yourself here and now to the search for the Truth that is ever within you.

— Ramana Maharshi


Ramana Maharshi Quote: “He who has realized the Self in the Heart has transcended the dualities and is never perplexed.”

He who has realized the Self in the Heart has transcended the dualities and is never perplexed.

— Ramana Maharshi


Ramana Maharshi Quote: “The activity affected by causes like fainting, sleep, excessive joy, grief, possession by spirits, fear etc goes to the heart, its own place.”

The activity affected by causes like fainting, sleep, excessive joy, grief, possession by spirits, fear etc goes to the heart, its own place.

— Ramana Maharshi


Ramana Maharshi Quote: “There is no greater mystery than this, that we keep seeking reality though in fact we are reality.”

There is no greater mystery than this, that we keep seeking reality though in fact we are reality.

— Ramana Maharshi


Ramana Maharshi Quote: “Meditation applies the brakes to the mind.”

Meditation applies the brakes to the mind.

— Ramana Maharshi


Ramana Maharshi Quote: “All activities and events that a body is to go through are determined at the time of conception.”

All activities and events that a body is to go through are determined at the time of conception.

— Ramana Maharshi


Ramana Maharshi Quote: “Let knowledge be guessed by the sign of equality to all beings.”

Let knowledge be guessed by the sign of equality to all beings.

— Ramana Maharshi


Ramana Maharshi Quote: “Discover your undying Self and be immortal and happy.”

Discover your undying Self and be immortal and happy.

— Ramana Maharshi


Ramana Maharshi Quote: “All that one gives to others one gives to one’s self. If this truth is understood, who will not give to others?”

All that one gives to others one gives to one’s self. If this truth is understood, who will not give to others?

— Ramana Maharshi


Ramana Maharshi Quote: “That is the ego which rises and sinks periodically. But you exist always. That which lies beyond the ego is consciousness – the Self.”

That is the ego which rises and sinks periodically. But you exist always. That which lies beyond the ego is consciousness – the Self.

— Ramana Maharshi


Ramana Maharshi Quote: “Even the structure of the atom has been found by the mind.”

Even the structure of the atom has been found by the mind.

— Ramana Maharshi


Ramana Maharshi Quote: “Even in intake, the one steadfast thought is said to be the natural state. Nirvikalpa Samadhi will result when the sensory objects are not present.”

Even in intake, the one steadfast thought is said to be the natural state. Nirvikalpa Samadhi will result when the sensory objects are not present.

— Ramana Maharshi


Ramana Maharshi Quote: “All bad qualities centre round the ego. When the ego is gone, Realisation results by itself. There are neither good nor bad qualities in the Self. The Self is free from all qualities. Qualities pertain to the mind only.”

All bad qualities centre round the ego. When the ego is gone, Realisation results by itself. There are neither good nor bad qualities in the Self. The Self is free from all qualities. Qualities pertain to the mind only.

— Ramana Maharshi


Ramana Maharshi Quote: “It is said that the heart is in the microcosm just as the orb of the sun in the macrocosm. The mind in Sahasrara is like the disc of the moon.”

It is said that the heart is in the microcosm just as the orb of the sun in the macrocosm. The mind in Sahasrara is like the disc of the moon.

— Ramana Maharshi


Ramana Maharshi Quote: “See what helps you to keep away all other thoughts and adopt that method for your meditation.”

See what helps you to keep away all other thoughts and adopt that method for your meditation.

— Ramana Maharshi


Ramana Maharshi Quote: “The only useful purpose of the present birth is to turn within and realize the Self.”

The only useful purpose of the present birth is to turn within and realize the Self.

— Ramana Maharshi


Ramana Maharshi Quote: “Do what is right at a given moment and leave it behind.”

Do what is right at a given moment and leave it behind.

— Ramana Maharshi


Ramana Maharshi Quote: “Reality must be always real. It is not with forms and names. That which underlies all these is the reality. It underlies limitations, being itself limitless. It is not bound. It underlies unrealities, itself being real. Reality is that which is. It is as it is. It transcends speech. It is beyond the expressions ‘existence’, ‘non-existence’ etc.”

Reality must be always real. It is not with forms and names. That which underlies all these is the reality. It underlies limitations, being itself limitless. It is not bound. It underlies unrealities, itself being real. Reality is that which is. It is as it is. It transcends speech. It is beyond the expressions ‘existence’, ‘non-existence’ etc.

— Ramana Maharshi


Ramana Maharshi Quote: “How is breath control the means for mind control? M: There is no doubt that breath control is the means for mind control, because the mind, like breath, is a part of air, because the nature of mobility is common to both, because the place of origin is the same for both, and because when one of them is controlled the other gets controlled.”

How is breath control the means for mind control? M: There is no doubt that breath control is the means for mind control, because the mind, like breath, is a part of air, because the nature of mobility is common to both, because the place of origin is the same for both, and because when one of them is controlled the other gets controlled.

— Ramana Maharshi


Ramana Maharshi Quote: “What introverted mind calls peace, outside as power is shown; Those who have reached and found this truth, their unity have known.”

What introverted mind calls peace, outside as power is shown; Those who have reached and found this truth, their unity have known.

— 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 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?”

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


Ramana Maharshi Quote: “If a person overlooks the faults of others, and sees only their merits, and thus keeps his mind serene, his whole life will be happy. To be unconcerned in all things, with the mind cool, free of desires and without hate, is beautiful in a seeker.”

If a person overlooks the faults of others, and sees only their merits, and thus keeps his mind serene, his whole life will be happy. To be unconcerned in all things, with the mind cool, free of desires and without hate, is beautiful in a seeker.

— Ramana Maharshi


Ramana Maharshi Quote: “I do not consider anyone to be my disciple. I have never sought upadesh from anyone nor do I give ceremonial upadesh. If the people call themselves my disciples I do not approve or disapprove.”

I do not consider anyone to be my disciple. I have never sought upadesh from anyone nor do I give ceremonial upadesh. If the people call themselves my disciples I do not approve or disapprove.

— Ramana Maharshi


Ramana Maharshi Quote: “Action and knowledge are not obstacles to each other.”

Action and knowledge are not obstacles to each other.

— Ramana Maharshi


Ramana Maharshi Quote: “The mind is by nature restless. Begin liberating it from its restlessness; give it peace; make it free from distractions; train it to look inward; make this a habit. This is done by ignoring the external world and removing the obstacles to peace of mind.”

The mind is by nature restless. Begin liberating it from its restlessness; give it peace; make it free from distractions; train it to look inward; make this a habit. This is done by ignoring the external world and removing the obstacles to peace of mind.

— Ramana Maharshi


Ramana Maharshi Quote: “To perform one’s duty is the greatest service to God.”

To perform one’s duty is the greatest service to God.

— Ramana Maharshi


Ramana Maharshi Quote: “The fruition of this process is samadhi which yields release, which is the state of unsurpassed bliss. The revered Gurus also have said that release is to be gained only by devotion which is of the nature of reflection on the truth of the Self.”

The fruition of this process is samadhi which yields release, which is the state of unsurpassed bliss. The revered Gurus also have said that release is to be gained only by devotion which is of the nature of reflection on the truth of the Self.

— Ramana Maharshi


Ramana Maharshi Quote: “When the I is divested of the I, only the I remains.”

When the I is divested of the I, only the I remains.

— Ramana Maharshi


Ramana Maharshi Quote: “Everything in the world was my Guru.”

Everything in the world was my Guru.

— Ramana Maharshi


Ramana Maharshi Quote: “One of two things must be done. Either surrender because you admit your inability and require a higher power to help you, or investigate the cause of misery by going to the source and merging into the Self. Either way you will be free from misery. God never forsakes one who has surrendered.”

One of two things must be done. Either surrender because you admit your inability and require a higher power to help you, or investigate the cause of misery by going to the source and merging into the Self. Either way you will be free from misery. God never forsakes one who has surrendered.

— Ramana Maharshi


Ramana Maharshi Quote: “When the pot is carried, the space within the pot, Though conceived of as carried, Is it not the pot only that is carried? The Self too, like Space, remains motionless. 53. When the pot breaks, the space in the pot Merges one with the great Space. When the inert body passes away, the Self, seemingly in the body, Becomes immediately one with the Supreme Self.”

When the pot is carried, the space within the pot, Though conceived of as carried, Is it not the pot only that is carried? The Self too, like Space, remains motionless. 53. When the pot breaks, the space in the pot Merges one with the great Space. When the inert body passes away, the Self, seemingly in the body, Becomes immediately one with the Supreme Self.

— Ramana Maharshi


Ramana Maharshi Quote: “All religions first postulate three principles, the world, the soul and God. To say that one principle alone appears as the three principles or that the three principles are always three principles is possible only as long as the ego exists.1.”

All religions first postulate three principles, the world, the soul and God. To say that one principle alone appears as the three principles or that the three principles are always three principles is possible only as long as the ego exists.1.

— Ramana Maharshi


Ramana Maharshi Quote: “You can only stop the flow of thoughts by refusing to have any interest in it.”

You can only stop the flow of thoughts by refusing to have any interest in it.

— Ramana Maharshi


Ramana Maharshi Quote: “The Power that created you has created the world as well. If it can take care of you, it can similarily take care of the world also. If God has created the world, it is His business to look after it, not yours.”

The Power that created you has created the world as well. If it can take care of you, it can similarily take care of the world also. If God has created the world, it is His business to look after it, not yours.

— Ramana Maharshi


Ramana Maharshi Quote: “If the light of the sun is invisible to the owl it is only the fault of that bird and not of the sun.”

If the light of the sun is invisible to the owl it is only the fault of that bird and not of the sun.

— Ramana Maharshi


Ramana Maharshi Quote: “The purpose of all these illustrations is to direct the seeker’s mind towards the one Reality underlying them all.”

The purpose of all these illustrations is to direct the seeker’s mind towards the one Reality underlying them all.

— Ramana Maharshi


Ramana Maharshi Quote: “The revelation or intuition arises in its own time and one must wait for it.”

The revelation or intuition arises in its own time and one must wait for it.

— Ramana Maharshi


Ramana Maharshi Quote: “A day will dawn when you will laugh at your past efforts. What you realize on the day you laugh is also here and now.”

A day will dawn when you will laugh at your past efforts. What you realize on the day you laugh is also here and now.

— Ramana Maharshi


Ramana Maharshi Quote: “In the middle of the Heart-cave the pure Brahman is directly manifest as the Self in the form of ‘I-I’.”

In the middle of the Heart-cave the pure Brahman is directly manifest as the Self in the form of ‘I-I’.

— Ramana Maharshi


Ramana Maharshi Quote: “They say that there are many saints in Tibet who remain in solitude and are still very helpful to the world... “It can be so. Realisation of the Self is the greatest help that can be rendered to humanity. Therefore, the saints are said to be helpful, though they remain in forests. But it should not be forgotten that solitude is not in forest only. It can be had even in towns, in the thick of worldly occupations.”

They say that there are many saints in Tibet who remain in solitude and are still very helpful to the world... “It can be so. Realisation of the Self is the greatest help that can be rendered to humanity. Therefore, the saints are said to be helpful, though they remain in forests. But it should not be forgotten that solitude is not in forest only. It can be had even in towns, in the thick of worldly occupations.

— Ramana Maharshi


Ramana Maharshi Quote: “Your concentration must come as easily as the breath. Fix yourself on one thing and try to hold onto it. All will come right. Meditation is sticking to one thought. That single thought keeps away other thoughts. The dissipated mind is a sign of its weakness. By constant meditation it gains strength.”

Your concentration must come as easily as the breath. Fix yourself on one thing and try to hold onto it. All will come right. Meditation is sticking to one thought. That single thought keeps away other thoughts. The dissipated mind is a sign of its weakness. By constant meditation it gains strength.

— Ramana Maharshi


Ramana Maharshi Quote: “Does a man who is acting on the stage in a female part forget that he is a man? Similarly, we too must play our parts on the stage of life, but we must not identify ourselves with those parts.”

Does a man who is acting on the stage in a female part forget that he is a man? Similarly, we too must play our parts on the stage of life, but we must not identify ourselves with those parts.

— 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 need be said. till, it is a wonder that to teach this simple Truth there should come into being so many religions, creeds, methods and disputes among them and so on! Oh the pity! Oh the pity!”

The ultimate Truth is so simple. It is nothing more than being in the pristine state. This is all that need be said. till, it is a wonder that to teach this simple Truth there should come into being so many religions, creeds, methods and disputes among them and so on! Oh the pity! Oh the pity!

— Ramana Maharshi


Ramana Maharshi Quote: “One can know oneself only with one’s own eye of knowledge, and not with somebody else’s. Does he who is Rama require the help of a mirror to know that he is Rama?”

One can know oneself only with one’s own eye of knowledge, and not with somebody else’s. Does he who is Rama require the help of a mirror to know that he is Rama?

— Ramana Maharshi


Ramana Maharshi Quote: “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.”

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


Ramana Maharshi Quote: “There is nothing like ‘within’ or ‘without.’ Both mean either the same thing or nothing.”

There is nothing like ‘within’ or ‘without.’ Both mean either the same thing or nothing.

— Ramana Maharshi


Ramana Maharshi Quote: “When the mind that is subtle goes out through the brain and the sense-organs, the gross names and forms appear; when it stays in the Heart, the names and forms disappear.”

When the mind that is subtle goes out through the brain and the sense-organs, the gross names and forms appear; when it stays in the Heart, the names and forms disappear.

— Ramana Maharshi


Ramana Maharshi Quote: “The sense of “I” pertains to the person, the body and the brain. When anyone knows true Being for the first time, something else arises from the depths and takes possession... That something is behind the mind; it is infinite, divine, eternal. Some people call it the Kingdom of Heaven, others call it the soul, and others again Nirvana, and Hindus call it liberation; you may give it what name you wish.”

The sense of “I” pertains to the person, the body and the brain. When anyone knows true Being for the first time, something else arises from the depths and takes possession... That something is behind the mind; it is infinite, divine, eternal. Some people call it the Kingdom of Heaven, others call it the soul, and others again Nirvana, and Hindus call it liberation; you may give it what name you wish.

— Ramana Maharshi


Ramana Maharshi Quote: “The enquiry ‘Who am I?’ is the principal means to the removal of all misery and the attainment of the supreme bliss.”

The enquiry ‘Who am I?’ is the principal means to the removal of all misery and the attainment of the supreme bliss.

— Ramana Maharshi

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