|Ramana Maharshi is widely acknowledged as one of the outstanding Indian gurus of modern times. At the age of sixteen, he lost his sense of individual selfhood, an awakening which he later recognised as enlightenment. Six weeks later left his home to journey to the holy mountain Arunachala, where he remained for the rest of his life. He always insisted that silence was the purest teaching. His verbal teachings flowed from his direct knowledge that consciousness was the only existing reality. Ramana recommended self-enquiry as the principal way to awaken to the “I-I” realizing the Self and attaining liberation.He also recommended Bhakti – devotional practice, and gave his approval to a variety of paths and practices.|
Ramana Maharshi Quotes:
Your own self-realization is the greatest service you could render the world.
If there is anything besides the Self there is reason to fear? Who sees the second? First, the ego arises and sees objects as external. If the ego does not rise, the Self alone exists and there is no second.
Better than viewing Him as other, Indeed the noblest attitude of all, Is to hold Him as the ‘I’ within, The very ‘I’.
Happiness is your nature. It is not wrong to desire it. What is wrong is seeking it outside when it is inside.
Become conscious of being conscious. Say or think “I am”, and add nothing to it. Be aware of the stillness that follows the “I am”. Sense your presence, the naked, unveiled, unclothed beingness. It is untouched by young or old, rich or poor, good or bad, or any other attributes. It is the spacious womb of all creation, all form.