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Ramana Maharshi (1879 – 1950)


Hindu sage, and a proponent of Advaita Vedanta.
Ramana Maharshi
Just as the sun gives light to the moon this heart bestows the effulgence on the mind.
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Seek the seeker.
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As in the night when the sun is not present, one sees the light in the moon, the man who is not present in the heart, sees merely the mind.




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Know Thyself. All else will be known to thee of its own accord. Discriminate between the undying, unchanging, all-pervading, infinite Atma and the ever-changing, phenomenal and perishable universe and body. Enquire, "Who am I?" Make the mind calm. Free yourself from all thoughts other than the simple thought of the Self or Atma. Dive deep into the chambers of your heart. Find out the real, infinite "I". Rest there peacefully for ever and become identical with the Supreme Self.
Maharshi Ramana
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.
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Let knowledge be guessed by the sign of equality to all beings.
Ramana Maharshi
This perception of division between the seer and the object that is seen, is situated in the mind. For those remaining in the heart, the seer becomes one with the sight.
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There are no impediments to meditation. The very thought of such obstacles is the greatest impediment.
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There is no greater mystery than this: being Reality ourselves, we seek to gain Reality.
Maharshi Ramana
Having set one's family in consonance with the community, he should make his family prosperous to ensure the prosperity of the community.
Ramana Maharshi
For one stationed in the Self, Sahasrara will be of pure effulgence. There: if any mental formulation falls within its presence, it will not live.




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We see only the script and not the paper on which the script is written. The paper is there, whether the script is on it or not. To those who look upon the script as real, you have to say that it is unreal--an illusion--since it rests upon paper. The wise person looks upon both paper and script as one.
Ramana Maharshi
Eating, bathing, going to the toilet, talking, thinking, and many other activities related to the body are all work. How is it that the performance of one particular act is alone (considered) work? To be still is to be always engaged in work. To be silent is to be always talking.
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During that time, the embodied person does not know the attainment in the heart. It is known in the Samadhi. The difference in name is due to the difference in cause.
Maharshi Ramana
The Self is only one. Do you feel hurt if you blame yourself or scorn yourself for your errors? If you hold the Self there is no second person to scorn you. When you see the world you have lost hold of the Self. On the contrary, hold the Self and the world will not appear.
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What message is needed when heart speaks to heart?
Ramana Maharshi
Relative knowledge pertains to the mind and not to the Self. It is therefore illusory and not permanent. Take a scientist, for instance. He formulates a theory that the Earth is round and goes on to prove it on an incontrovertible basis. When he falls asleep the whole idea vanishes; his mind is left a blank. What does it matter whether the world remains round or flat when he is asleep? So you see the futility of all such relative knowledge. One should go beyond relative knowledge and abide in the Self. Real knowledge is such experience, and not apprehension by the mind.
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The world is none other than the mind. The mind is none other than the heart. Therefore the entire story finishes in the heart.
Ramana Maharshi
Unless one is happy, one cannot bestow happiness on others.
Maharshi Ramana
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.


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