Friday, 18 June 2010

Part 3 - Few Thoughts of Ramana Maharshi

"Spiritual practice is the enquiry to find
out to whom all these doubts arise."


"Go within and find the route. You
cannot find it externally;
nor should you seek it there."

"Misery is removed. That is our aim.
You do not acquire happiness: your
very nature is happiness. Bliss is
not newly earned. All that is done
is to remove unhappiness.
These methods suffice."

[from] Talks with Ramana Maharshi

-recorded, Nov 30, 1936-

"Yes. Practice is necessary, too.
Practice means removal of pre-
dispositions.
Practice is not for fresh gain;
it is to kill the predispositions."

"Inquire into the Self.
That is all.
Fix the mind on the Self."

"Finding God within is the aim,
what else can there be?
Everything depends on one's practice."

[from Talks with Ramana Maharshi

-recorded, Nov 30, 1936-

"There is the absolute Self from which a spark
proceeds as from fire. The spark is called the ego.
In the case of an ignorant man, it identifies itself
with an object simultaneous with its rise. It can
not remain independent of such association with
objects. This association is ignorance, whose
destruction is the objective of our efforts.
If its objectifying tendency is killed, it remains
pure and also merges into the source. The
wrong identification with the body is the
I-am-the-body idea.
This must go before good results can follow."


[from] Talks with Ramana Maharshi

-recorded, Nov 18, 1936-

"Peace is your real nature. Contrary ideas are only
superimpositions. This is true worship, true yoga,
and true wisdom.
You may say that this peace is acquired by practice.
The wrong notions are given up by practice. That is
all. Your true nature always persists."

"The Heart is the Self. It is neither within nor without.
The mind is its active energy. After emergence of
the mind, the universe appears and the body is
seen to be contained in it.
All these are contained in the Self
and cannot exist apart from It."

[from] Talks with Ramana Maharshi

-recorded, Dec 13, 1936-

"Limitation is only in the mind.
Did you feel it in deep sleep?
You exist in sleep. You do not
deny your existence then. The
same Self is now and here, in
the wakeful state. You are now
saying there are limitations.
What has happened is that
there are these differences
between the two states. The
differences are due solely to
the mind. There was no mind in
deep sleep, whereas it is now
active.
The Self exists in the absence
of the mind, also."


[from] Talks with Ramana Maharshi

-recorded, Dec 13, 1936-

"Ego is not an entity independent
of the Self in order that it must be
created or destroyed by itself.
It functions as an instrument of
the Self and periodically ceases
to function. That is to say it
appears and disappears; this
might be considered to be
birth and death."

[from] Talks with Ramana Maharshi

-recorded, Nov 18, 1936-

"Peace is our real nature. It need not be attained.
Our thoughts must be obliterated. Whenever mind
strays, bring it back to meditation."

"Grace is the force that can help you. Individually,
we are incapable because the mind is weak.
Grace is necessary; serving God is meant for
only that."


"What there is
is only grace.
There is nothing else."

[from] Talks with Ramana Maharshi

-recorded, Nov 27, 1936-

"There is no duality.
Your present knowledge
is due to the ego
and only relative.
Relative knowledge
requires a subject
and an object,
whereas the awareness
of the Self is absolute
and requires no object."


[from] Talks with Ramana Maharshi

-recorded, Nov 18, 1936-

Moksha is to know that you were not born. “Be still and know that I am God.”

To be still is not to think. Know, and not think, is the word.
- Ramana Maharshi

"The person may call himself
my disciple or devotee. I do
not consider anyone to be my
disciple.....if people call them-
selves my disciples, I neither
approve or disapprove. In my
view, all are alike. They con-
sider themselves fit for being
called disciples. What can I say
to them? I do not call myself a
disciple or a Guru."

[from] Talks with Ramana Maharshi

-recorded, Nov 15, 1936-

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