Ramana Maharshi Quotes

Ramana

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

Ramana Maharshi
The Self itself is god.
Ramana Maharshi (Nan Yar? - Who Am I)
Eventually, all that one has learnt will have to be forgotten.
Ramana Maharshi
Your own Self-realization is the greatest service you can render the world.
Ramana Maharshi
I want you to dive consciously into the Self, into the Heart.
Ramana Maharshi (Abide as the Self)
No one succeeds without effort... Those who succeed owe their success to perseverance.
Ramana Maharshi
If one watches whence the notion of ‘I’ springs, the mind will get absorbed into that.
Ramana Maharshi


There is no greater mystery than this: being Reality ourselves, we seek to gain Reality.
Ramana Maharshi
If you go on working with the light available, you will meet your master, as he himself will be seeking you.
Ramana Maharshi
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
There is neither creation nor destruction, neither destiny nor free will, neither path nor achievement. This is the final truth.
Ramana Maharshi
For the subsidence of mind there is no other means more effective and adequate than Self-enquiry. Even though by other means the mind subsides, that is only apparently so; it will rise again.
Ramana Maharshi
If one has form oneself, the world and God also will appear to have form. But if one is formless, who is that sees those forms, and how? Without the eye can any object be seen? The seeing self is the eye, and that eye is the eye of infinity.
Ramana Maharshi
Ramana

For the subsidence of mind there is no other means more effective and adequate than Self-enquiry. Even though by other means the mind subsides, that is only apparently so; it will rise again.

Ramana Maharshi
Heart is merely another name for the supreme spirit, because he is in all hearts.
The entire universe condensed in the body, and the entire body in the heart.
Thus the heart is the nucleus of the whole Universe.
Ramana Maharshi
I cannot show you God or enable you to see God because God is not an object that can be seen. God is the subject. He is the seer. Don't concern yourself with objects that can be seen. Find out who the seer is… You alone are God.
Ramana Maharshi (When asked by Papaji if he could show him God)
Time is only an idea. There is only the Reality Whatever you think it is, it looks like that. If you call it time, it is time. If you call it existence, it is existence, and so on. After calling it time, you divide it into days and nights, months, years, hours, minutes, etc. Time is immaterial for the Path of Knowledge. But some of these rules and discipline are good for beginners.
Ramana Maharshi
The shock of the fear of death drove my mind inwards and I said to myself mentally, without actually framing the words: ‘Now death has come; what does it mean? What is it that is dying? This body dies.’ And I at once dramatized the occurrence of death. I lay with my limbs stretched out stiff as though rigor mortis had set in and imitated a corpse so as to give greater reality to the enquiry. I held my breath and kept my lips tightly closed so that no sound could escape, so that neither the word ‘I’ or any other word could be uttered, ‘Well then,’ I said to myself, ‘this body is dead. It will be carried stiff to the burning ground and there burnt and reduced to ashes. But with the death of this body am I dead? Is the body ‘I’? It is silent and inert but I feel the full force of my personality and even the voice of the ‘I’ within me, apart from it. So I am Spirit transcending the body. The body dies but the Spirit that transcends it cannot be touched by death. This means I am the deathless Spirit.
Ramana Maharshi
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Ramana Maharshi Biography

Ramana Maharshi portrait

Born: 1879
Died: 1950

Ramana Maharshi was a Indian spiritual sage, guru and mystic. He is best known for his spiritual pointings, his graceful eyes and his timeless wisdom shared with the world.

Notable Works

Nan Yar? (Who Am I) (1902)
Devotional Hymns (1900-1950)