Category Archives: Ramana Maharshi

A Passionate Plea from Mooji

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10 Beautiful Quotes To Quiet Your Mind

“Can the perceiver itself be perceived?”

– Mooji

 

“Truth is not a reward for good behaviour, nor a prize for passing some tests. It cannot be brought about. It is the primary, the unborn, the ancient source of all that is. You are eligible because you are. You need not merit truth. It is your own….Stand still, be quiet.”

– Nisargadatta Maharaj

 

“What you are looking for, is where you are looking from.”

– St Francis of Assissi

 

“It’s one of the great wonders of life. What will it be like to go to sleep and never wake up? If you think long enough about that it will pose the next question to you. What was it like to wake up after having never gone to sleep?”

– Alan Watts

 

“God, or your essential nature, is not something. Not content. Not form.”

– Eckhart Tolle

 

“Once we admit our existence, how is it that we do not know the self?”

– Ramana Maharshi

 

“Care about what others think and you will always be their prisoner.”

– Lao Tzu

 

“There’s no sunlight in my brain, whose interior remains as dark as a limestone cavern no matter how bright it is outside.”

– Deepak Chopra

 

“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.”

– Buddha

 

“I have lived on the lip of insanity, wanting to know reasons, knocking on a door. It opens. I’ve been knocking from the inside.”

– Rumi

Now it’s your turn! Please add any quotes in the comment section that always help to quiet your mind.

The Power of Saying Nothing

When I heard the following story about Natesa Iyer and Ramana Maharshi it made me think of the power that Bhagavan had gained by saying nothing about Natesa’s idol worship. Had he expressed his disapproval immediately, or often, he would have likely been ignored. Instead he let it happen for two years and then a short casual comment had such immense power that Natesa stopped his idol worship immediately and without hesitation. A very powerful story about shutting up in this world that is saturated with unrelenting opinions 🙂

“Now when Natesa Iyer first came here he had a little private puja box inside which were five different statues, and he used to do elaborate pujas to them every morning. He had a room somewhere between Bhagavan’s hall and the cowshed because every morning Bhagavan would come at about 9 a.m. to inspect the cows.

Natesa Iyer would have done his long elaborate puja by this point, and he would ask Bhagavan to inspect the idols that he’d cleaned and done worship to. And every single day for two years Bhagavan would come, he’d admire them and say, ‘Very nice.’ Now I think this is a really outstanding example of how Bhagavan didn’t interfere in the sadhana, the spiritual practices of devotees who came. Whatever you came with, if you did it well, if you had faith in it, he was happy to let you continue even to the point of every single day for two years stopping off in your room to inspect the same five statues after you had cleaned them and worshipped them.

However, after two years Bhagavan just casually remarked, ‘Oh, so you’re still doing this, are you?’ And Natesa Iyer said there was something about that casual comment which sent shivers down his body. He said there was a physical…a wave of quivering in his body, and something inside him knew that his days of doing daily pujas to these five statues was over. He said that without a moment’s hesitation, ‘I put those five statues back in their box. ‘I walked to Pali Tirtham,’ which is the main tank behind the mother’s samadhi. He said, ‘I threw them in ‘and I never was interested in pujas again.’”

A Beautiful Story about Natesa Iyer

“Bhagavan is not something or someone we can fathom with our minds. We have to admit our ignorance and our inability to say anything about him that is true. When we accept that Bhagavan is unfathomable, when we surrender and compulsion to understand and explain him, we fall into a deep silence which is the experience of the real Bhagavan within us.”

– Natesa Iyer speaking about Sri Ramana Maharshi

A Collection of Quotes for These Troubled Times

“If you want peace and harmony in the world, you must have peace and harmony in your hearts and minds. Such change cannot be imposed; it must come from within. Those who abhor war must get war out of their system. Without peaceful people how can you have peace in the world? As long as people are as they are, the world must be as it is”

– Nisargadatta Maharaj

 

“What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or in the holy name of liberty or democracy?”

-Gandhi

 

“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

 

“When people get taken over by the ego to such an extent, there is nothing else in their mind except the ego. They can no longer feel or sense their humanity– what they share with other human beings, or even with other life forms on the planet. They are so identified with concepts in their minds that other human beings become concepts as well.”

“Once you have conceptualized a person, violence becomes almost inevitable. This is because you are not seeing them as a human being anymore. It becomes impossible for you to have any kind of empathy with another individual who does not fit into your collective mind structure.”

– Eckhart Tolle

 

“There are causes worth dying for, but none worth killing for.”

– Albert Camus

 

“I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.”

-Albert Einstein

 

“I have decided to stick to love…Hate is too great a burden to bear.”

-Martin Luther King