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A collection of quotes by Ramana Maharshi on books, death, misery, success, perseverance, self, mind, effort, world, soul, silence, reality, and more.

51 Great Quotes By Ramana Maharshi That Will Give New Perspective To Life

Famous As: Philosopher

Born On: December 30, 1879

Died On: April 14, 1950

Born In: Tiruchuzhi, Virudhunagar, India

Died At Age: 70

Ramana Maharshi was a distinguished Indian Hindu jivanmukta and sage. He had a ‘death-experience’ at the age of eighteen where he got familiar to a ‘force, or avesam,’ which was later identified with ‘the personal God,’ by him. A number of practices and paths were approved by Ramana Maharshi but self-enquiry was recommended by him as the prior means to embrace self-awareness and eliminate ignorance. He laid stress on surrender to ‘Self’ along with bhakti or devotion. We have rounded some empowering and inspiring quotes and sayings by Ramana Maharshi, which have been extracted from his interviews, works, books, preaching, teachings, life and public utterances that are sure to motivate you. Let us read through the corpus of enlightening and thought-provoking quotes and sayings by Ramana Maharshi on happiness, freedom, spiritual, thoughts, fear, rise, knowledge, feelings, desire, contentment, care, trouble, past, spirit, attitude, humankind, practice, letting-go, etc.

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 own Self-Realization is the greatest service you can render the world.

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

Wanting to reform the world without discovering one's true self is like trying to cover the world with leather to avoid the pain of walking on stones and thorns. It is much simpler to wear shoes.

Ramana Maharshi

Have faith in God and in yourself; that will cure all. Hope for the best, expect the best, toil for the best and everything will come right for you in the end.

Ramana Maharshi

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

Ramana Maharshi

There is neither Past nor Future. There is only the Present.

Ramana Maharshi

Realisation is not acquisition of anything new nor is it a new faculty. It is only removal of all camouflage

Ramana Maharshi

If the mind falls asleep, awaken it. Then if it starts wandering, make it quiet. If you reach the state where there is neither sleep nor movement of mind, stay still in that, the natural (real) state.

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

All that is required to realise the Self is to “Be Still.

Ramana Maharshi

The pure mind is itself Brahman; it therefore follows that Brahman is not other than the mind of the sage.

Ramana Maharshi

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

Ramana Maharshi

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

Ramana Maharshi

You can only stop the flow of thoughts by refusing to have any interest in it.

Ramana Maharshi

All are gurus to us, the wicked by their evil deeds say 'do not come near me'. the good are always good, therefore all are like gurus to us.

Ramana Maharshi

It will come all right in the end.

Ramana Maharshi

There is nothing like ‘within’ or ‘without.’ Both mean either the same thing or nothing.

Ramana Maharshi

When one remains without thinking one understands another by means of the universal language of silence.

Ramana Maharshi

Eventually, all that one has learnt will have to be forgotten.

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 itself

Ramana Maharshi

You are awareness. Awareness is another name for you. Since you are awareness there is no need to attain or cultivate it.

Ramana Maharshi

Everything in the world was my Guru.

Ramana Maharshi

Let what comes come. Let what goes go. Find out what remains.

Ramana Maharshi

To perform one's duty is the greatest service to God.

Ramana Maharshi

Mind your business. Take care of what you came here for. Find the ‘I’ first and you may afterwards speak of other matters.

Ramana Maharshi

Do what is right at a given moment and leave it behind

Ramana Maharshi

If the light of the sun is invisible to the owl it is only the fault of that bird and not of the sun.

Ramana Maharshi

The only useful purpose of the present birth is to turn within and realize the Self.

Ramana Maharshi

Complete surrender does require that you have no desire of your own, that God’s desire alone is your desire and that you have no desire of your own.

Ramana Maharshi

The revelation or intuition arises in its own time and one must wait for it.

Ramana Maharshi

The body is the temple; the jiva is God (Siva). If one worships him with the ‘I am He’ thought, one will gain release.

Ramana Maharshi

The peace of mind which permeates the saint's atmosphere is the only means by which the seeker understands the greatness of the saint.

Ramana Maharshi

He who has renounced (the ‘I-thought’) thus, remains the same whether he is alone or in the midst of the extensive samsara

Ramana Maharshi

The Power that created you has created the world as well. If it can take care of you, it can similarily take care of the world also. If God has created the world, it is His business to look after it, not yours.

Ramana Maharshi

The enquiry ‘Who am I?’ is the principal means to the removal of all misery and the attainment of the supreme bliss.

Ramana Maharshi

It is beyond words or thoughts.

Ramana Maharshi

Finally there comes a stage when a person feels helpless notwithstanding the sadhanas. He is unable to pursue the much-cherished sadhana also. It is then that Gods power is realized. The self reveals itself.

Ramana Maharshi

So long as they make efforts they will not be sages (jnanis).

Ramana Maharshi

When the mind that is subtle goes out through the brain and the sense-organs, the gross names and forms appear; when it stays in the Heart, the names and forms disappear.

Ramana Maharshi

There is no doubt that the end of the paths of devotion and knowledge is one and the same.

Ramana Maharshi

When there is no ‘I’ there is no karma.

Ramana Maharshi

The purpose of all these illustrations is to direct the seeker's mind towards the one Reality underlying them all.

Ramana Maharshi

As the activities of the wise man exist only in the eyes of others and not in his own, although he may be accomplishing immense tasks, he really does nothing.

Ramana Maharshi

Action and knowledge are not obstacles to each other.

Ramana Maharshi

One can know oneself only with one’s own eye of knowledge, and not with somebody else’s. Does he who is Rama require the help of a mirror to know that he is Rama?

Ramana Maharshi

In the middle of the Heart-cave the pure Brahman is directly manifest as the Self in the form of ‘I-I’.

Ramana Maharshi

I do not consider anyone to be my disciple. I have never sought upadesh from anyone nor do I give ceremonial upadesh. If the people call themselves my disciples I do not approve or disapprove.

Ramana Maharshi

Be equally indifferent to both and abide in the faith of God. That will be so only when one’s faith is strong that God looks after all of us.

Ramana Maharshi

The man who prays, the prayer, and the God to whom he prays all have reality only as manifestations of the Self.

Ramana Maharshi

Remaining quiet is what is called wisdom-insight. To remain quiet is to resolve the mind in the Self. Telepathy, knowing past, present and future happenings and clairvoyance do not constitute wisdom-insight.

Ramana Maharshi