Ramana Maharshi

Be As You Are: The Teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi

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.

The final truth ~ Ramana Maharshi

There is neither creation nor destruction, neither destiny nor free will, neither path nor achievement. This is the final truth. – Ramana Maharshi

Self is beyond ~ 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

Self Inquiry Meditation ~ Atma Vichara ~ Who am I? An Introduction

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.

Ramana Maharshi ~ The Sage of Arunachala

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.