Arranging thoughts in the order of value, the `I’-thought is the all-important thought. Personality-idea or thought is also the root or the stem of all other thoughts, since each idea or thought arises only as someone’s thought and is not known to exist independently of the ego. The ego therefore exhibits thought activity.
The second and the third persons [he, you, that, etc.] do not appear except to the first person [I]. Therefore they arise only after the first person appears, so all the three persons seem to rise and sink together.
Trace, then, the ultimate cause of `I’ or personality. From where does this `I’ arise? Seek for it within; it then vanishes. This is the pursuit of wisdom. When the mind unceasingly investigates its own nature, it transpires that there is no such thing as mind. This is the direct path for all. The mind is merely thoughts. Of all thoughts the thought `I’ is the root. Therefore the mind is only the thought `I’. The birth of the `I’-thought is one’s own birth, its death is the person’s death. After the `I’-thought has arisen, the wrong identity with the body arises. Get rid of the `I’-thought. So long as `I’ is alive there is grief. When `I’ ceases to exist there is no grief.
Be as you are ~ Ramana Maharshi
No on succeeds without efforts… Those who succeed owe their success to perseverance – Ramana Maharshi
There is neither creation nor destruction, neither destiny nor free will, neither path nor achievement. This is the final truth. – Ramana Maharshi
Your own self-realization is the greatest service you can render to the world – Ramana Maharshi
Happiness is your nature. It is not wrong to desire it. What is wrong is seeking it outside when it is inside. – Ramana Maharshi
“Your hands may do the work but your mind can remain still.”
“You are which that never moves.”
– Ramana Maharshi
“The absence of thought does not mean a blank. there must be one to know the blank. knowledge and ignorance are of the mind; they are born of duality. but the self is beyond knowledge and ignorance. it is light itself.”
– Ramana Maharshi
“Those who have discovered great truths have done so in the still depths of the self.” – Sri Ramana Maharshi
Self-Inquiry Meditation is also called as Jnana vichara in Sanskrit. It is also spelled as Self-Inquiry Meditation. As recommended by Ramana Maharshi, It is a continual observation of the internal consciousness of the “I” or “I am”. This is the most efficient and straightforward way of discovering the phantasm of the “I”-thought.
The Upadesa given by Ramana Maharshi was secret in a sense. Although questions were asked to him and he answered them in public. his guidance to each of his disciples was direct and adapted to the latter’s character. He believed that the spiritual instructions must be provided to the people to uplift them.