Ramana Maharshi on Self-Realisation

"The Self is realised not by doing something but by refraining from doing anything, by remaining still and being simply what one really is." ---Ramana Maharshi (The Power of the Presence, part three, pp. 131-3)  as quoted on http://sri-ramana-maharshi.blogspot.com/2008/06/yes-but-what-do-i-do.html

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Ramana Maharshi on the “I Am”

Everyone knows ‘I am.’ There is the confusion that the ‘I’ is the body. Because the ‘I’ arises from the Absolute and gives rise to buddhi (Intellect). In buddhi the ‘I’ looks the size and shape of the body, na medhaya means that Brahman cannot be apprehended by buddhi. (Source: Talks with Sri Ramana Maharshi, … Continue reading Ramana Maharshi on the “I Am”

Ramana Maharshi on Free-Will and Destiny

The Ordainer controls the fate of souls in accordance with their past deeds. Whatever is destined not to happen will not happen, try how hard you may. Whatever is destined to happen will happen, do what you may to stop it. This is certain. The best course, therefore, is to remain silent. (Source: https://www.sriramanamaharshi.org/ramana-maharshi/at-arunachala/) Questioner: “Are … Continue reading Ramana Maharshi on Free-Will and Destiny

Ramana Maharshi on Sense of Doership, Karma and Karma Yoga

The present difficulty is that the man thinks that he is the doer. But it is a mistake. 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. Take for instance, the figure in a gopuram … Continue reading Ramana Maharshi on Sense of Doership, Karma and Karma Yoga

Self-Enquiry Method of Ramana Maharshi

Here is David Godman describing what the self-enquiry method taught by Ramana Maharshi is and how it can be practiced (Source: Introduction to Chapters 4 and 5 of David Godman's book Be As You Are: The Teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi): It will be remembered that in the chapter on Self-awareness and Self-ignorance Sri Ramana … Continue reading Self-Enquiry Method of Ramana Maharshi

David Godman on Ramana Maharshi’s Highest Teaching

These [Ramana Maharshi's] verbal teachings flowed authoritatively from his direct knowledge that consciousness was the only existing reality. Consequently, all his explanations and instructions were geared to convincing his followers that this was their true and natural state. Few of his followers were capable of assimilating this truth in its highest and most undiluted form and … Continue reading David Godman on Ramana Maharshi’s Highest Teaching

Ramana Maharshi on Ignorance

Ignorance - ajnana - is of two kinds: (1) Forgetfulness of the Self. (2) Obstruction to the knowledge of the Self. Aids are meant for eradicating thoughts; these thoughts are the re-manifestations of predispositions remaining in seed-form; they give rise to diversity from which all troubles arise. These aids are: hearing the truth from the … Continue reading Ramana Maharshi on Ignorance