The first question is: Who are you?
I am That from where you, me, she, he, and all the rest emerge. I am That.
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.
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.