In the following video are arranged powerful quotes from Sri Ramana Maharshi that take us into the heart-essence of the teaching. The aim of the recording is to bring the teachings alive. At the end of this post I have typed out the quotes featured in the video and also listed their source.
Here are some tips on how to get the most out of this video:
-Be comfortable and allow the teaching quotes to wash over you and into you
-As you listen to the quotes, relax, relax and relax the body and mind
-As the mind relaxes more and more, and as the thoughts naturally quieten, it will be easier to put the teachings into practice
-With loving heart-felt gaze towards Sri Ramana’s name and form, we can invoke his presence, and allow this to guide us at any time
-If you find yourself straining, then first relax, and when the mind is calm with few thoughts, it will be easier to do self-enquiry
-As the video progresses, more time is left between the quotes. Please use this time to calm the mind, feel Love for Sri Ramana and Happiness in His Presence, and put the teachings into practice
-Please utilise or disregard these above tips as you see fit
To see other similar videos of quotes and guided meditations, please see the ‘guided meditations playlist’ here: https://www.youtube.com/c/TomDasNonduality/playlists
With love and devotion to Sri Ramana Maharshi
I bow to you, my Guru, my love
Here are the quotes – they are taken from Guru Vachaka Kovai (GVK), a text that is considered to be one of the most authoritative records of Sri Ramana Maharshi’s verbal teachings, and also from ‘Who am I?’, a text that Sri Ramana wrote himself that clearly describes the path to Liberation (Moksha):
Poor seer, who suffers endlessly because you still perceive the object, not the subject, please look inward, not outwards*, and taste the bliss Of non-duality.
The only true and full awareness Is awareness of awareness. Till awareness is awareness of itself, it knows no peace at all.
The method of self-enquiry is to restrain the mind from going outside [through the senses], and fixing it always in its Source, the Self, which is known as the Heart, so that the vain ‘I’-thought will not rise again.**
From ‘Who Am I?’:
As thoughts arise, destroying them utterly without any residue in the very place of their origin is non-attachment.
~Who am I?
As thoughts arise they should be destroyed then and there in the very place of their origin, through inquiry.
~Who am I?
*Note in the original translation by Prof K. Swaminathan, this asterixed part of GVK verse 186 states ‘not without’. I have changed this to ‘not outwards’ to make the teaching clearer when the verse is read out loud in the video
**I created this version of GVK verse 389 myself by combining elements of two translations to (hopefully) make the meaning of the verse clearer. I hope you agree:
Prof K. Swaminathan’s translation reads as follows:
389. The method of self-enquiry is To turn the outward-going mind Back to its source, the Heart, the Self, And fix it ever there, preventing The rising of the empty ‘I’.
Michael James/Sri Sadhu Om’s translation reads as follows:
389. Restraining the mind from going outside [through the senses], and fixing it always in its Source, Self, which is known as the Heart, so that the vain ‘I’-thought will not rise again, is the Atma-Vichara [Self-enquiry].