Here are some selected quotes I came across recently from a great Indian Saint, Sri Ramana Maharishi (1879 to 1950). I don’t know much about Him, though His status living Brahman is obvious. I especially enjoy His practical advice for life, summarized in the two quotes below:
“You need not aspire for or get any new state. Get rid of your present thoughts, that is all.”
“The degree of freedom from unwanted thoughts and the degree of concentration on a single thought are the measures to gauge spiritual progress.”
This is very similar to Sri Guru Dev’s [Brahmananda Saraswati’s] perspective. It is spoken in two simple sentences, one as the path, and one as the result.
However, the only awareness that rids one of their cluttering thoughts, driven by the unknown, is unbounded awareness, life in the three worlds, Brahman, Totality. The entire path and reward of spiritual development, covered in two brief sentences. This is precision!
Please enjoy these other gifts from Sri Ramana Maharishi:
“Silence is also conversation.”
“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.”
“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.”
“The greatest error of a man is to think that he is weak by nature, evil by nature. Every man is divine and strong in his real nature. What are weak and evil are his habits, his desires and thoughts, but not himself.”
“Think of God; attachments will gradually drop away. If you wait till all desires disappear before starting your devotion and prayer, you will have to wait for a very long time indeed.”