145+ Best Ramana Maharshi Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Ramana Maharshi was an Indian Hindu sage and jivanmukta. He was born Venkataraman Iyer, but is most commonly known by the name Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi. Profoundly inspirational Ramana Maharshi quotes will make you look at life differently and help you live a meaningful life.

Famous Ramana Maharshi Quotes

No one succeeds without effort… Those who succeed owe their success to perseverance.Ramana Maharshi

Even the structure of the atom has been found by the mind. Therefore the mind is subtler than the atom. That which is behind the mind, namely the individual soul, is subtler than the mind.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

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.Ramana Maharshi

Willpower should be understood to be the strength of the mind, which makes it capable of meeting success or failure with equanimity. It is not synonymous with certain success. Why should one’s attempts always be attended by success? Success breeds arrogance and man’s spiritual progress is thus arrested. Failure, on the other hand, is beneficial, inasmuch as it opens his eyes to his limitations and prepares him to surrender himself. Self surrender is synonymous with eternal happiness.Ramana Maharshi

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’ andThy will be done’.Ramana Maharshi

When there are thoughts, it is distraction: when there are no thoughts, it is meditation.Ramana Maharshi

A realized one sends out waves of spiritual influence in his aura, which draw many people towards him. Yet he may sit in a cave and maintain complete silence.Ramana Maharshi

Nobody doubts that he exists, though he may doubt the existence of God. If he finds out the truth about himself and discovers his own source, this is all that is required.Ramana Maharshi

Calmness is the criterion of spiritual progress. Plunge the purified mind into the Heart. Then the work is over.Ramana Maharshi

Turn your vision inward and then the whole world will be full of the Supreme Spirit.Ramana Maharshi

A man does not have to go and find where his eyes are in order to see. The heart is there, always open to you, if you care to enter it, always supporting your movements, although you may be unaware of it. It is perhaps more correct to say that the Self is the Heart. Really the Self is the centre and is everywhere aware of itself as the Heart or Self-awareness.Ramana Maharshi

Does one require proof of one’s own being? Only remain aware of yourself and all else will be known.Ramana Maharshi

Remain still, with the conviction that the Self shines as everything yet nothing, within, without, and everywhere.Ramana Maharshi

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.Ramana Maharshi

The ‘I’ casts off the illusion of the ‘I’ and yet remains ‘I’. Such is the paradox of Self-realization. The Realized do not see any paradox in it. Consider the case of the worshipper. He approaches God and prays to be absorbed in Him. He then surrenders himself in faith and by concentration. And what remains afterwards? In the place of the original ‘I’, self-surrender leaves a residuum of God in which the ‘I’ is lost. That is the highest form of devotion or surrender and the peak of detachment.Ramana Maharshi

Know that the eradication of the identification with the body is charity, spiritual austerity and ritual sacrifice; it is virtue, divine union and devotion; it is heaven, wealth, peace and truth; it is grace; it is the state of divine silence; it is the deathless death; it is jnana, renunciation, final liberation and bliss.Ramana Maharshi

Every living being longs always to be happy, untainted by sorrow; and everyone has the greatest love for himself, which is solely due to the fact that happiness is his real nature. Hence, in order to realize that inherent and untainted happiness, which indeed he daily experiences when the mind is subdued in deep sleep, it is essential that he should know himself. For obtaining such knowledge the inquiry ‘Who am I?’ in quest of the Self is the best means.Ramana Maharshi

Without knowing the Knower, all the knowledge that one gathers cannot be valid.Ramana Maharshi

Jnana is given neither from outside nor from another person. It can be realised by each and everyone in his own Heart. The jnana Guru of everyone is only the Supreme Self that is always revealing its own truth in every Heart through the being-conciousness ‘I am, I am.’ The granting of true knowledge by him is initiation into jnana. The grace of the Guru is only that Self-awareness that is one’s own true nature. It is the inner conciousness by which he is unceasingly revealing his existence. This divine upadesa is always going on naturally in everyone.Ramana Maharshi

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.Ramana Maharshi

What message is needed when heart speaks to heart?Ramana Maharshi

Keep the remembrance of your real nature alive, even while working, and avoid haste which causes you to forget. Be deliberate. Practice meditation to still the mind and cause it to become aware of its true relationship to the Self which supports it. Do not imagine that it is you who are doing the work. Think that is the underlying current which is doing it. Identify yourself with the current.Ramana Maharshi

You need not aspire for or get any new state. Get rid of your present thoughts, that is all.Ramana Maharshi

How does one get rid of fear? Ramana: What is fear? It is only a thought. If there is anything besides the Self there is reason to fear. Who sees things separate from the Self? First the ego arises and sees objects as external. If the ego does not rise, the Self alone exists and there is nothing external. For anything external to oneself implies the existence of the seer within. Seeking it there will eliminate doubt and fear. Not only fear, all other thoughts centred round the ego will disappear along with it.Ramana Maharshi

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.Ramana Maharshi

Misery does not exist in reality but only in mere imagination.Ramana Maharshi

The end of all wisdom is love, love, love.Ramana Maharshi

This perception of division between the seer and the object that is seen, is situated in the mind. For those remaining in the heart, the seer becomes one with the sight.Ramana Maharshi

To the extent we behave with humility, to that extent good will result.Ramana Maharshi

Your duty is to be, and not to be this or that. I Am That I Am sums up the whole truth; the method is summarized in Be Still.Ramana Maharshi

You are the witness of the three bodies: the gross, the subtle, and the causal, and of the three times: past, present and future, and also this void. In the story of the tenth man, when each of them counted and thought they were only nine, each one forgetting to count himself, there is a stage when they think one is missing and do not know who it is; and that corresponds to the void. We are so accustomed to the notion that all that we see around us is permanent and that we are this body, that when all this ceases to exist we imagine and fear that we also have ceased to exist.Ramana Maharshi

The experience of silence alone is the real and perfect knowledge.Ramana Maharshi

The state we call realization is simply being oneself, not knowing anything or becoming anything.Ramana Maharshi

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

It is within your competence to think and thus to get bound or to cease thinking and thus be free.Ramana Maharshi

Apart from thoughts, there is no independent entity called the world. In deep sleep there are no thoughts, and there is no world. In the states of waking and dream, there are thoughts, and there is a world also. Just as the spider emits the thread (of the web) out of itself and again withdraws it into itself, likewise the mind projects the world out of itself and again resolves it into itself.Ramana Maharshi

That which rises and sinks is made up of what it rises from. The finality of the universe is the God Arunachala. Meditating on Him or on the seer, the Self, there is a mental vibration ‘I’ to which all are reduced. Tracing the source of ‘I’, the primal ‘I-I’ alone remains over, and it is inexpressible. The seat of Realisation is within and the seeker cannot find it as an object outside him. That seat is bliss and is the core of all beings. Hence it is called the Heart. The only useful purpose of the present birth is to turn within and realise it. There is nothing else to do.Ramana Maharshi

The grace of the Guru is like an ocean. If one comes with a cup he will only get a cupful. It is no use complaining of the niggardliness of the ocean. The bigger the vessel the more one will be able to carry. It is entirely up to him.Ramana Maharshi

It will come all right in the end. There is the steady impulse of your determination that sets you on your feet again after every downfall and breakdown. Gradually the obstacles are all overcome and your current becomes stronger. Everything comes right in the end. Steady determination is what is required.Ramana Maharshi

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.Ramana Maharshi

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.Ramana Maharshi

The master is within; meditation is meant to remove the ignorant idea that he is only outside. If he is a stranger whom you await, he is bound to disappear also. What is the use of a transient being like that? But so long as you think you are separate or that you are the body, an external master is also necessary and he will appear to have a body. When the wrong identification of oneself with the body ceases, the master will be found to be none other than the Self.Ramana Maharshi

If you hold this feeling of ‘I’ long enough and strongly enough, the false ‘I’ will vanish leaving only the unbroken awareness of the real, immanent ‘I’, consciousness itselfRamana Maharshi

Apart from the body does the world exist? Has anyone seen the world without the body?Ramana Maharshi

You and I are the same. What I have done is surely possible for all. You are the Self now and can never be anything else. Throw your worries to the wind, turn within and find Peace.Ramana Maharshi

There is no mind to control if you realise the self. The mind having vanished, the self shines forth. In the realised man, the mind may be active or inactive, the self remains for him.Ramana Maharshi

What comes will also go. What always is will alone remain.Ramana Maharshi

Whatever be the means adopted, you must at last return to the Self, so why not abide as the Self here and now?Ramana Maharshi

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.Ramana Maharshi

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.Ramana Maharshi

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

The question ‘Who am I?’ is not really meant to get an answer, the question ‘Who am I?’ is meant to dissolve the questioner.Ramana Maharshi

Why should you trouble yourself about the future? You do not even properly know about the present. Take care of the present, the future will take care of itself.Ramana Maharshi

Silence is truth. Silence is bliss. Silence is peace. And hence Silence is the Self.Ramana Maharshi

There is neither past nor future. There is only the present. Yesterday was the present to you when you experienced it, and tomorrow will be also the present when you experience it. Therefore, experience takes place only in the present, and beyond experience nothing exists.Ramana Maharshi

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

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.Ramana Maharshi

Place your burden at the feet of the Lord of the universe who is ever victorious and accomplishes everything. Remain all the time steadfast in the heart, in the Transcendental Absolute. God knows the past, present and future. He will determine the future for you and accomplish the work. What is to be done will be done at the proper time. Don’t worry. Abide in the heart and surrender your acts to the Divine.Ramana Maharshi

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.Ramana Maharshi

Beyond the belief that something can be lost, there is nothing to lose.Ramana Maharshi

We are so engrossed with the objects, or appearances revealed by the light, that we pay no attention to the light.Ramana Maharshi

As you are, so is the world.Ramana Maharshi

A higher power is leading you; be led by the same. It knows what to do and how to do it.Ramana Maharshi

Engage yourself in the living present. The future will take care of itself.Ramana Maharshi

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

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

The solution to your problem is to see who has it.Ramana Maharshi

Concentration is not thinking of one thing. On the contrary, it is excluding all thoughts, since all thoughts obstruct the sense of one’s true being. All efforts are to be directed simply to removing the veil of ignorance. Concentrating the mind solely on the Self will lead to happiness or bliss. Drawing in the thoughts, restraining them and preventing them from straying outwards is called detachment (vairagya). Fixing them in the Self is spiritual practice (sadhana). Concentrating on the heart is the same as concentrating on the Self. Heart is another name for Self.Ramana Maharshi

Time is only an idea. There is only the Reality. Whatever you think it is, it looks like that. If you call it time, it is time. If you call it existence, it is existence, and so on. After calling it time, you divide it into days and nights, months, years, hours, minutes, etc. Time is immaterial for the Path of Knowledge.Ramana Maharshi

One must realise his Self in order to open the store of unalloyed happiness.Ramana Maharshi

If you go on working with the light available, you will meet your Master, as he himself will be seeking you.Ramana Maharshi

The degree of freedom from unwanted thoughts and the degree of concentration on a single thought are the measures to gauge spiritual progress.Ramana Maharshi

Our own self-realization is the greatest service we can render the world.Ramana Maharshi

Consciousness is indeed always with us. Everyone knows ‘I am!’ No one can deny his own being.Ramana Maharshi

All bad qualities centre round the ego. When the ego is gone, Realisation results by itself. There are neither good nor bad qualities in the Self. The Self is free from all qualities. Qualities pertain to the mind only.Ramana Maharshi

It is the Higher Power which does everything, and the man is only a tool. If he accepts that position, he is free from troubles; otherwise, he courts them.Ramana Maharshi

I am not the perishable body, but the eternal Self.Ramana Maharshi

The best way to meditate is through meditation itself.Ramana Maharshi

Actions yield result by the ordinance of God as He wills.Ramana Maharshi

Let come what comes, let go what goes. See what remains.Ramana Maharshi

Mind is consciousness which has put on limitations. You are originally unlimited and perfect. Later you take on limitations and become the mind.Ramana Maharshi

All activities and events that a body is to go through are determined at the time of conception.Ramana Maharshi

For those who have obtained unobstructed knowledge of Self, the world is seen merely as a bondage causing imagination.Ramana Maharshi

The body dies, but the spirit that transcends it cannot be touched by death.Ramana Maharshi

If one wants to abide in the thought-free state, a struggle is inevitable. One must fight one’s way through before regaining one’s original primal state. If one succeeds in the fight and reaches the goal, the enemy, namely the thoughts, will all subside in the Self and disappear entirely.Ramana Maharshi

There must be a subject to know the good and evil. Thatsubject is the ego.Ramana Maharshi

Existence of Isvara follows our conception of Isvara. Let us first know whose concept He is. The concept will be only according to the one who conceives. Find out who you are and the other problem will solve itself.Ramana Maharshi

If one watches whence the notion ‘I’ arises, the mind gets absorbed there; that is tapas. When a mantra is repeated, if one watches whence that mantra sound arises, the mind gets absorbed there; that is tapas.Ramana Maharshi

What is illusion? M.: To whom is the illusion? Find it out. Then illusion will vanish. Generally people want to know about illusion and do not examine to whom it is. It is foolish. Illusion is outside and unknown. But the seeker is considered to be known and is inside. Find out what is immediate, intimate, instead of trying to find out what is distant and unknown.Ramana Maharshi

I see only what you see, but I notice what I see.Ramana Maharshi

The more you prune a plant, the more it grows. So too the more you seek to annihilate the ego, the more it will increase. You should seek the root of the ego and destroy it.Ramana Maharshi

All that one gives to others one gives to one’s self. If this truth is understood, who will not give to others?Ramana Maharshi

Grace is within you. Grace is your self. Grace is not something to be acquired from others. If it is external, it is useless. All that is necessary is to know its existence is in you. You are never out of its operation.Ramana Maharshi

He who has realized the Self in the Heart has transcended the dualities and is never perplexed.Ramana Maharshi

To ask the mind to kill itself is like making the thief the policeman. He will go with you and pretend to catch the thief, but nothing will be gained. So you must turn inward and see where the mind rises from, and then it will cease to exist.Ramana Maharshi

The world is not outside you.Ramana Maharshi

There are no impediments to meditation. The very thought of such obstacles is the greatest impediment.Ramana Maharshi

There is a state when words cease and silence prevails.Ramana Maharshi

In truth, you are spirit. The body has been projected by the mind, which itself originates from Spirit.Ramana Maharshi

We are in our Self. We are not in the world.Ramana Maharshi

Remove the Ego and Avidya (Ignorance) is gone. Look for it, the ego vanishes and the real Self alone remains.Ramana Maharshi

Even in intake, the one steadfast thought is said to be the natural state. Nirvikalpa Samadhi will result when the sensory objects are not present.Ramana Maharshi

All are seeing God always. But they do not know it.Ramana Maharshi

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?Ramana Maharshi

Non-action is unceasing activity. The sage is characterized by eternal and intense activity. His stillness is like the apparent stillness of a fast rotating gyroscope.Ramana Maharshi

In the Heart’s cavity, the sole Brahman as an ever-persisting ‘I’ shines direct in the form of the Self. Into the Heart enter thyself, with mind in search or in deeper plunge. Or by restraint of life-movement be firmly poised in the Self.Ramana Maharshi

The Sage has no thinking mind and therefore there are no ‘others’ for him.Ramana Maharshi

The self is known to every one but not clearly. You always exist.Ramana Maharshi

Truth burns up all karma and frees you from all births.Ramana Maharshi

You are all searching for the silence of the mountain. But you’re looking for something outside. This silence is accessible to you right now, inside the center of your own being.Ramana Maharshi

If you approach the ocean with a cup, you can only take away a cupful; if you approach it with a bucket you can take away a bucketful.Ramana Maharshi

Love is verily the heart of all religions.Ramana Maharshi

Yogas chitta vritti nirodhah – (Yoga is to check the mind from changing) – which is acceptable to all. That is also the goal of all. The method is chosen according to one’s own fitness. The goal for all is the same. Yet different names are given to the goal only to suit the process preliminary to reaching the goal. Bhakti, Yoga, Jnana are all the same.Ramana Maharshi

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

Knowing the Self, God is known.Ramana Maharshi

The deeply learned ones know the mind as the directly expressed meaning of the supreme knowledge. The heart is the meaning aimed at. The Supreme is none other than the heart.Ramana Maharshi

God dwells in you, as you, and you don’t have to ‘do’ anything to be God-realized or Self-realized, it is already your true and natural state. Just drop all seeking, turn your attention inward, and sacrifice your ego mind to the One Self radiating in the Heart of your very being. For this to be your own presently lived experience, Self-Inquiry Meditation is a direct and immediate way.Ramana Maharshi

Take no notice of the ego and its activities, but see only the light behind.Ramana Maharshi

There is no reaching the Self. If Self were to be reached, it would mean that the Self is not here and now but that it is yet to be obtained. What is got afresh will also be lost. So it will be impermanent. What is not permanent is not worth striving for. So I say the Self is not reached. You are the Self; you are already That.Ramana Maharshi

Realization is our true nature. It is nothing new to be gained. What is new cannot be eternal. Therefore there is no need to be doubting whether we would gain or lose the self.Ramana Maharshi

We are always peace. To get rid of the idea that we are not peace is all that is required.Ramana Maharshi

Once the current of awareness of the self is set afoot, it becomes everlasting and continuous by intensification.Ramana Maharshi

Reality is simply the loss of ego. Destroy the ego by seeking its identity. Because the ego is no entity it will automatically vanish and reality will shine forth by itself.Ramana Maharshi

The life of action need not be renounced. If you meditate for an hour or two every day you can then carry on with your duties. If you meditate in the right manner then the current of mind induced will continue to flow even in the midst of your work.Ramana Maharshi

Till you reach the state of jnana and thus wake out of maya you must do social service by relieving suffering whenever you see it. But even then you must do it without ahankara, i.e., without the sense of ‘I am the doer’, but with the feeling ‘I am the Lord’s tool’.Ramana Maharshi

The Self itself is the world; the Self itself is ‘I’; the Self itself is God; all is Siva, the Self.Ramana Maharshi

Pure Consciousness, which is the Heart, includes all, and nothing is outside or apart from it. That is the ultimate Truth.Ramana Maharshi

Turn the mind inward and cease thinking of yourself as the body; thereby you will come to know that the self is ever happy. Neither grief nor misery is experienced in this state.Ramana Maharshi

The activity affected by causes like fainting, sleep, excessive joy, grief, possession by spirits, fear etc goes to the heart, its own place.Ramana Maharshi

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.Ramana Maharshi

See what helps you to keep away all other thoughts and adopt that method for your meditation.Ramana Maharshi

The world is illusory, Only Brahman is real, Brahman is the worldRamana Maharshi

Because truth is exceedingly subtle and serene, the bliss of the Self can manifest only in a mind rendered subtle and steady by assiduous meditation.Ramana Maharshi

Mind is a wonderful force inherent in the Self.Ramana Maharshi

What exists in truth is the Self alone. The world, the individual soul and God are appearances in it. Like silver in mother-of-pearl, these three appear at the same time and disappear at the same time. The Self is that where there is absolutely no ‘I thought’. That is called ‘Stillness’. The Self itself is the world; the Self itself is ‘I’; the Self itself is God; all is Siva, the Self.Ramana Maharshi

You know that you know nothing. Find out that knowledge.Ramana Maharshi

The Seeker himself becomes the knower. The thing to be known is already there. There is nothing to be known afresh. More-over there are no two things. There is only the seer, the knower.Ramana Maharshi

If you observe awareness steadily, this awareness itself becomes the Guru that will reveal the Truth.Ramana Maharshi

He whose pure mind turns inward and searches whence does this ‘I’ arise, knows the Self and merges in You, the Lord, as a river into the sea.Ramana Maharshi

The place where even the slightest trace of the ‘I’ does not exist, alone is Self.Ramana Maharshi

Peace is for the purification of one’s mind. Power is for the growth of the community. Having established the community with power, one should then establish supreme peace.Ramana Maharshi

Then all this earth shines like one house.Ramana Maharshi

When your real, effortless, joyful grateful nature is realized, it will not be inconsistent with the ordinary activities of life.Ramana Maharshi

Good thoughts keep off bad thoughts. They must themselves disappear before the state of realization.Ramana Maharshi

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