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

— Ramana Maharshi

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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.


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.


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

Ramana Maharshi quote Bliss is a thing which is always there a

Bliss is a thing which is always there and is not something which comes and goes. That which comes and goes is a creation of the mind.


Your true nature is that of infinite spirit. The feeling of limitation is the work of the mind.


One should remain as a witness to whatever happens, adopting the attitude, 'Let whatever strange things that happens happen, let us see!' This should be one's practice. Nothing happens by accident in the divine scheme of things.


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


You have to ask yourself the question 'Who am I?' This investigation will lead in the end to the discovery of something within you which is behind the mind. Solve that great problem and you will solve all other problems.


The greatest obstacle to enlightenment is getting past your delusion that you are not already enlightened.


The world is so unhappy because it is ignorant of the true Self.

Man’s real nature is happiness. Happiness is inborn in the true Self. Man’s search for happiness is an unconscious search for his true Self. The true Self is imperishable; therefore, when a man finds it, he finds a happiness which does not come to an end.


You impose limits on your true nature of infinite being.

Then you get displeased to be only a limited creature. Then you begin spiritual practices to transcend these non-existing limits. But if your practice itself implies the existence of these limits, how could they allow you to transcend them.


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


Mind is consciousness which has put on limitations.

You are originally unlimited and perfect. Later you take on limitations and become the mind.


About Ramana Maharshi

Quotes 267 sayings
Nationality Indian
Profession Philosopher
Birthday October 16

Have faith in God and in yourself; that will cure all. Hope for the best, expect the best, toil for the best and everything will come right for you in the end.


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.


The entire Universe is condensed in the body, and the entire body in the Heart.

Thus the Heart is the nucleus of the whole Universe.


You are the Supreme Being, and yet thinking yourself to be separate from it, you strive to become united with it. What is stranger than this?


Meditation depends upon the strength of mind.

It must be unceasing even when one is engaged in work. Particular time for it is meant for novices.


Transforming yourself is a means of giving light to the whole world.


Meditation is sticking to one thought.

That single thought keeps away other thoughts; distraction of mind is a sign of its weakness; by constant meditation it gains strength.


By whatever path you go, you will have to lose yourself in the one.

Surrender is complete only when you reach the stage `Thou art all' and `Thy will be done'.


When you truly feel this equal love for all, when your heart has expanded so much that it embraces the whole of creation, you will certainly not feel like giving up this or that. You will simply drop off from secular life as a ripe fruit drops from the branch of a tree. You will feel that the whole world is your home.


Silence is never-ending speech. Vocal speech obstructs the other speech of silence. In silence one is in intimate contact with the surroundings. Language is only a medium for communicating one's thoughts to another. Silence is ever speaking.


Realisation is not acquisition of anything new nor is it a new faculty.

It is only removal of all camouflage


Let what comes come, let what goes go.


The State of liberated Being can be reached only by "dying";

but (this) dying does not consist in destruction of the body; one should understand that true death is the extinction of the ideas "I" and "mine."


Why should we... constantly worry ourselves... as to what should be done and how, and what should not be done and how not? We know that the train carries all loads, so after getting on it why should we carry our small luggage on our head to our discomfort, instead of putting it down in the train and feeling at ease?


The Self is the heart, self-luminous.

Illumination arises from the heart and reaches the brain, which is the seat of the mind. The world is seen with the mind; so you see the world by the reflected light of the Self.


Your duty is to Be, and not to be this or that.


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


The fact is that you are not the body.

The Self does not move but the world moves in it. You are only what you are.


By the inquiry 'Who am I?'. The thought 'who am I?' will destroy all other thoughts, and like the stick used for stirring the burning pyre, it will itself in the end get destroyed. Then, there will arise Self-realization.


You are already That which you seek.


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


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.


Under whatever name or form we worship It, It leads us on to knowledge of the nameless, formless Absolute. Yet, to see one's true Self in the Absolute, to subside into It and be one with "It, this is the true Knowledge of the Truth.


The Self is here and now, it is the only Reality. There is nothing else.


Peace can reign only where there is no disturbance, and disturbance is due to thoughts that arise in the mind.


The ultimate truth is so simple; it is nothing more than being in one’s natural, original state.


Nearly all mankind is more or less unhappy because nearly all do not know the true Self. Real happiness abides in Self-knowledge alone. All else is fleeting. To know one's Self is to be blissful always.


God illumines the mind and shines within it.

One cannot know God by means of the mind. One can but turn the mind inwards and merge it in God.


Food affects the mind. For the practice of any kind of yoga, vegetarianism is absolutely necessary since it makes the mind more pure and harmonious.


You are awareness. Awareness is another name for you. Since you are awareness there is no need to attain or cultivate it. All that you have to do is to give up being aware of other things, that is of the not-Self. If one gives up being aware of them then pure awareness alone remains, and that is the Self.


You may go on reading any number of books on Meditation.

They can only tell you ‘Realize the Self’. The Self cannot be found in books. You have to find it for yourself in yourself.


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


That alone is Real which exists by itself, which reveals itself by itself and which is eternal and unchanging.


The state of self-realization, as we call it, is not attaining something new or reaching some goal which is far away, but simply being that which you always are and which you always have been.


Grace is always present. You imagine it as something high in the sky, far away, something that has to descend. It is really inside you, in your heart. When the mind rests in its source, grace rushes forth, sprouting as from a spring within you.


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


Our identification with the mind and body is the chief reason for our failure to know our self as we truly are.