Some Verses from
Garland of Guru's Sayings
17. To those who look within,
the highest good gained by the Master’s grace
is wakeful sleep, the fourth state,
the undying flame, the sweet, uncloying fruit, forever fresh.
25. Alienated and deluded from your true being as Awareness,
do not pursue appearances, deeming them as real.
They are false, since they must disappear.
Your own being as Awareness is real, and cannot cease to be.
34. The bewildered mind, which mistakes the body for oneself,
conceives the transient world of names and forms,
makes it seem real and lovable,
and promptly entraps one in the strong, illusive bondage of desire.
51. Only those who have utterly renounced the world and all attachment,
and rejoicing in Self-luminous Awareness,
have minds pure and free from illusion’s power
only they know the sense in which “The World is Real”.
52. If mind turned towards Awareness and concentrating on Awareness,
seeks the Self, the world made up of ether and other elements is real, as all things are Awareness,
the one sole substance of true Being.
60. With mind turned inward,
drown the world in the great void and dispel illusion.
Beholding then the void as void,
destroy the void, by drowning it in the deep ocean of Self-Awareness.
71. How piteous is the spectacle of people wandering aimless in the world’s ways,
and ignoring the discipline that leads to permanent freedom.
77. What does one gain, you well may ask,
by giving up the “immense wealth” of worldly pleasure,
and seeking only “mere” Awareness?
The benefit of true Awareness is the unbroken prevalence of peace within the heart,
the bliss of one’s own natural being.
97. Only the mind deluded by illusion’s might, and looking outward, sees the body.
The true Self knows no body.
To call the Self of pure Awareness, the body’s owner or indweller, is an error.
108. In the mere presence of the Lord, Himself free from all traces of thought,
individuals set out in numerous paths of action, work away,
and wearied, turn inward and return to freedom.
115. Though thus Reality is one,
all schools concede at first, three primal entities, God, individual and world,
because the discursive, outward looking mind
cannot straightaway, face the unity of Being.
125. Like one who takes a crocodile for a boat,
and with its help tries to cross a river,
are those who, while they pamper the trivial flesh,
claim that they are earnest seekers of the living Self-Awareness.
(Give up the thought that this frail body is the Self-Awareness.
Pursue the Self-Awareness, which is eternal bliss. To seek It,
while cherishing the perishable body, is like trying to cross a
river, using a crocodile for a raft. – Sri Ramana.)
127. Those who desire, like, and live, the trivial life the ego knows,
reject, as if it were unreal,
the natural life of infinite bliss within their own hearts,
ever present for their enjoyment.
128. Those who forget the harm the false world does,
and cling to it as real and comfortable, mistake a floating bear for a boat,
only to be crushed and drowned in the sea of births.
130. When will the fool, who thinks the body and the world are permanent,
and clings to them, find peace?
Only when this foolishness leaves him,
and like a limpet, he clings to that Self-Awareness within.
From then on, he shall never know pain.
131. Those who enjoy the ego’s life of false phenomena, perish and die.
The state of grace, supreme Awareness, the life lived in Self-Being,
this alone is the bliss worth seeking.
132. Why do people call me learned?
What is the mark of real learning?
Learning that all collected knowledge of things is empty ignorance,
a nd that true knowledge is the search for the Knower.
133. He, who by questing inward for the Knower,
has destroyed the ego and transcended so-called knowledge, abides as the Self.
He alone is a true Knower, not one who has not seen the Self
and therefore is an ego still.
134. Those who, learning to forget completely all objective knowledge,
turn inward firmly, and see clearly the truth, abide serene.
Those who try to recall forgotten things, pine bewildered,
fretting over false phenomena.
140. True poetry, springs only from the calm heart’s clarity,
which follows the elimination of the ego,
by inward search, and finding out that none of the five sheaths is I.
144. Unless by one means or another mind dies out
and certitude from true Self-recognition comes,
the knowledge which mere learning brings, is like the horse’s horn, unreal.
185. How to make the mind,
which now looks painfully, at forms and features without,
By asking who is this “I”, this mind, which sees this trivial world,
and thus directing it towards the Self-Awareness.
186. Poor seer who suffers endlessly,
because you still perceive the object, not the subject,
please look inward,
and taste the bliss of non-duality.
187. O heart of mine, it is not wise to stay out.
It is safe to stay within.
Conceal yourself from illusion, which plans to draw you out and to destroy you.
188. Do not perish running out in search of wonders,
and dancing there with pleasure.
Better with the light of grace to look, look within,
and find certitude in being and abiding as your true Self-Awareness.
191. Not like a boat’s sail, outspread wide and worn away by wind and weather,
but like the humble anchor, sunk in the vast ocean’s depth,
the mind should plunge and settle in the heart of wisdom.
190. You pilgrims, who without discovering what is within,
proceed from place to place, forever hovering like a bird,
the Self supreme is but Awareness, Absolutely still, centered in the Heart.
192. For the man of Truth, seeking experience of the supreme state,
the heroic action needed, is to draw in, the outward darting mind,
and fix it firmly in the Heart.
193. If the mind turned outward and distracted,
starts observing its own being,
alienation ends, and the vestige ego,
merges in the light of true Awareness, shining in the heart.
245. The world’s many and various bright objects, give pleasure,
only to bring grievous evil.
Unlike these, inner purity alone has true beauty.
Hence, the wise regard and marvel at the sage, the living embodiment of truth,
as God made manifest, here on this earth.
237. Some fortunate, through former deeds,
naturally disdain pleasures, of this world and the next.
To these alone, does true Awareness come with ease.
247. What else is death, but straying from,
the perfect state of Being the immortal Self,
home of eternal love and supreme bliss,
the heaven of true Awareness?
288. Grasping aright the ineffable grace of the supreme Teacher,
being unentangled in the illusory world that stands in front,
abidance in mere Being, is true bliss.
291. For those who seek eternal life, the assurance stands:
the five senses retracted like a tortoise,
the mind turned homeward to the Self-Awareness,
and there abiding, is pure bliss.
293. Know that these countless things are pictures in a dream,
and none is real, apart from the beholder.
Shun this phantom world of names and forms,
and dwell in the pure, blissful being of Awareness.
327. Steadfast clinging to the wisdom learnt,
the mind restrained and withdrawn from the field of the false senses,
in the clear light of Truth,
such practice is the only true teaching.
328. Sensible people shun the company of empty talkers
who are not content to humbly tread the path of righteousness,
and uphold in practice life’s ideals,
who instead proudly mouth vain words.
329. Many are the ills that flow from mixing with mad folks
afflicted with confused minds and rattling tongues.
The best friendship is with those good men whose minds are dead
and who abide in the pure silence of Awareness.
330. Give up without delay, O mind,
the friendship of worthless folks with speech perverse and wicked ways.
From now on, live in the company of sages steadfast in their state of motionless stillness.
Hence, gain new life by dwelling in the company of those
who live in the purity of true Awareness, free from all falsehood.
331. Since every vice springs from the false pleasures
of swerving from the Self-Awareness,
the completion of virtue, is the perfect peace of pure Awareness,
following the end of the ego, which is fed by such false pleasures.
337. Awareness which survives,
when all illusions, the mirage-like world,
he who beholds it and the sight his eyes drink in,
are destroyed without a vestige,
this Awareness, this and nothing else, is Knowledge.
343. Those who, diving deep within, have found the Self-Awareness,
have nothing else to know. And why?
Because they have gone beyond all forms, and are Awareness without form.
368. What is That, forgetting which,
we have fallen under the powerful spell of this false world?
Unless we know That, the Real,
there is no chance for the death, and disappearance, of our pain.
372. Good hearts, that yearn for dear contentment,
to swim across this poverty of heart, it is good to gain serenity of mind,
instead of gathering piles of tangible things.
389. The method of Self-inquiry is:
to turn the outward-going mind back to its source,
the Heart, the Self-Awareness, and fix it forever there,
preventing the rising of the empty “I”.
391. Those who do not dive into the Heart and there confront the Self,
in the five sheaths hid,
are only students answering out of books, clever questions raised by books,
and not true seekers of the Self.
393. One who has wisely chosen the straight path of Self-inquiry,
can never go astray;
for like the bright, clear Sun,
the Self-Awareness reveals itself to whomever turns towards it.
415. To recognize through reason, the Supreme,
and in the heart, renounce the relative,
to act without a sense of “I” and “mine”,
is the sage’s way of life divine.
418. The only true and full Awareness is
Awareness of Awareness.
Until Awareness is Awareness of itself,
it knows no peace at all.
420. The knowledge that ignores the Self, the Knower,
and holds as true the field perceived, is but illusive foolishness.
No matter how much one has learned,
true knowledge is the merging of all indicative knowledge in Awareness of the Self.
421. The one true light there is, is pure Awareness.
Other kinds of knowledge clinging to it, and claiming to be real,
are ego-born conceptual clouds.
To trust them is sheer foolishness.
422. All other kinds of knowledge are base, trivial.
The only true and perfect knowledge is the stillness of pure Awareness.
The many differences perceived in the Self, whose nature is Awareness,
are wrong attributions, and not real at all.
423. What sort of knowledge is this wretched Bodily-mental knowledge of objects?
Would those who long for pure Awareness hanker after this?
To know pure Awareness is true wisdom.
All other knowledge is mere folly.
424. What if one knows, the subtle secret, of manifold inscrutable mysteries?
Until one knows the Awareness which reveals all other knowledge,
does one know the Truth?
427. What is lifeless and unreal, needs for support pure Being-Awareness.
The mind deluded and impure, forgets its oneness with the Self-Being-Awareness,
and then looks for some other object of Awareness.
428. Not like other things unreal, but always by its Being real,
the Self as permanent Awareness, has no other dwelling place, than in its own radiant Awareness.
429. While in truth you are that Awareness,
you do not abide as such, but suffer,
since you only recognize this worldly life alone,
which rises from yourself, this sole Awareness.
How shall I describe this foolishness?
430. Those who have not searched and found the truth of their own natural Being,
will perish, deluded by alien forms.
Live as one sole Being-Awareness.
Everything, except for this, is false appearance, the realm of illusion.
431. How can any treatise thrust some wisdom into that human-seeming heap of clay,
which keenly watches things perceived and not the Self, Awareness?
432. Is it not because you are yourself Awareness,
that you now perceive this universe?
If you observe Awareness steadily,
this Awareness as Teacher, will reveal the Truth.
435. True natural Awareness, which does not go after alien objects, is the Heart.
Since actionless Awareness shines as real Being,
its joy consists in concentration on itself.
436. Incomparable liberation, is the truth of clear, shining Self-Awareness,
when, all differences destroyed by concentration,
knowledge being but Awareness,
becomes merged in the Self, which is Awareness.
451. The deeper into the Heart one dives,
the greater grows the bliss enjoyed,
the intense bliss of the sole Self-Awareness,
which once appeared in various forms.
452. Once you are well established in the Heart,
true Awareness rises bright.
Then you live like an unsetting Sun,
Resplendent with the light of Truth,
enjoying the blissful peace of eternal Self-Awareness.
454. In the false, frenzied ego life,
created by the mind, constricted to some thought,
who can enjoy the clear, bright, bliss of pure Awareness, free from thought?
455. For those who have enjoyed the supreme bliss of profound sleep,
devoid of every object,
it is foolishness not to cherish pure Awareness,
and to long for some other object,
pretending it could give dependable relief from suffering.
500. Worth pursuing is Self-inquiry,
worth enjoying is the infinite Self-Awareness.
Worth giving up is the ego sense.
To end all sorrow, the final refuge is one’s source,
the Self of pure Awareness.
502. The apt speech of one firmly established in the Heart,
prevents the bewildered and confused devotee’s mind,
from wastefully running in the desert of the senses,
and points the way inward,
to permanent liberation.
522. “Of fate and effort, which is stronger? Which will yield? Which will prevail?”
Those who wage this war of words are wholly ignorant
of That from which the world and the ego both appear
and into which they disappear.
523. Some there are who endlessly jump and, sweating,
shout full throated refuting or elaborating doctrines,
instead of biding in clear silence, inquiring into That which is,
and in the Heart enjoying it.
524. None can perceive the Sun, the Self, by arguments.
Irritating mental disputes are but conceits that cloud the light of truth
and make the eyes swim in dizziness.
525. Far from revealing Truth, words only darken and conceal It.
To let the Truth shine of itself, instead of burying It in words,
merge in the Heart both word and thought.
526. Let not your intellect become a slave
to the mere sound and fury of controversy.
Enter the Heart with mind clear, concept free,
and realize your natural Being as the Truth.
529. The individual’s thirst will vanish,
only when the habits-predispositions-tendencies of the frenzied mind die,
and the direct experience of pure Awareness comes.
530. True, non-dual experience of the Self supreme as pure Being
is called direct Knowledge.
False dualistic knowledge too is called knowledge though qualified as indirect,
even as a demon might be called “virtuous”!
531. From questing inward in the Heart comes knowledge which destroys all false illusions.
Searching books for pure, clear wisdom is like trying to cook and eat the picture of a gourd.
532. Can hunger be appeased by eating food cooked over a painted flame?
The end of pain, the bliss of peace results from egoless Awareness,
not from “verbal wisdom”.
533. Never through argument,
but only by abiding in the heart as pure Awareness,
which lights up and shines within the mind,
can one enjoy the thrill, the throb, the bliss supreme of being the Self.
538. Knowing aright the nature of the Self,
and abandoning the non-self as void, unreal, is wisdom true.
All other knowledge is ignorance, and not wisdom.
536. O worldly folk, who long for, and run after, an endless series of temporary things,
it is true wisdom, to seek and know, That one thing,
on knowing which, all other things will cease to be.
537. For those who see with keen insight the subtle Truth,
what is there to gain from knowledge of gross material things?
What the imperishable inner sense perceives,
surpasses by far, the sight seen by the physical eye.
538. Knowing aright the nature of the Self-Awareness,
and abandoning the non-self as void and unreal, is true wisdom.
All other knowledge is ignorance, and not wisdom.
549. When the full identity is reached,
the Self-Awareness is all, and there is no “other”,
the various common perceptions,
in the absence of self-inquiry and Self-Abidance,
are all seen as mere mistakes.
550. Like a dream,
this “waking” world is but a mind conceived appearance in mind space.
Hence, greatness lies, in firmly ending indicative knowledge,
and the foolishness of fondness for outer objects.
551. Only those foolish folk,
who have not searched and found the Truth supreme, the Heart,
flounder in fear, in the treacherous illusion.
Those who have known the supreme bliss,
the boundless flood of heavenly brightness,
fear no more.
554. The deeds we do in a dream do not touch our “waking” life,
and they slip away when we “awake”.
Our deeds done in this clouded ego life, disappear and leave no trace,
when we wake up, in the divine white light of Self-Awareness.
560. “A dream in a moment comes and goes. This ‘waking’ life is enduring.”
Such argument is but the trick played by mind and illusion conspiring.
581. Knowledge is multiple and various,
say those who know objects,
but not freedom from, the dire delusion of differences.
When the five senses, driven outward by desire, are pulled back,
then, true, full Awareness comes,
and there is no “other” to be known.
584. The only Being is Awareness,
and Bliss is nothing but Awareness.
Pleasure from elsewhere is mere delusion.
Apart from the Self of Being-Awareness,
how can real joy come from objects merely fancied?
586. Not knowing the bliss of Self-Awareness,
people highly rate sex and other similar pleasures.
Living thus, they yearn for these, even when they die.
587. Forgetting the pure bliss eternal,
welling up in the heart for our enjoyment,
foolish people yearn for honey driblets,
squeezed from objects, worse than broken rice.
589. Sense pleasures, sought and found by blind, unguarded fools,
are fit only for contempt by those who long to taste the rich,
ripe fruit of immeasurable sweet, supreme Bliss.
594. Non-existent illusion, this alone,
seeming to be real and powerful,
makes fools of even the cleverest folk,
and smiles inwardly, with wonder at its own success.
599. The innocent bride thinking that betrothal is full conjugal union is filled with joy.
Even so the learned who have yet to turn within and taste true bliss,
claim that the “verbal wisdom” which they prattle is non-dual Knowledge.
600. Those whom from books have learnt about the Truth supreme,
esteem themselves supreme in Wisdom,
and fail to seek the Knower and taste the bliss of Self,
but they test and measure the silent sage. What foolishness is this!
605. Those who with minds far from mature,
yearn for and wallow in sense pleasures,
why would they seek, why would they join,
the company of saints whose conquest of the senses is complete and final?
611. Seeing this mind-projected world is sheer delusion,
then taking it as real,
and swerving from the sublime truth of one’s own Being as pure Awareness,
one but proves oneself insane.
612. Undeluded by whatever may come and go,
unwinking, watch the Self-Awareness,
because the little fault of forgetting for one moment,
one’s true Being as Pure Awareness,
brings tremendous loss.
615. Except the Self-Awareness, nothing exists.
But then the deep delusion that the body is one’s self,
makes one let go the solid, non-dual bliss of immortality,
and fall into birth and death.
630. Having felt the sun’s fierce heat,
the wise one stays in the shade,
and those who know the fire raging in the world,
will never leave the Heart and turn again towards the world.
638. If, instead of looking outward at objects,
you observe that looking,
all things now shine as I, the seer.
Perception of objects is mere illusion.
643. The Self, the sole Reality, the light of pure Awareness,
shines clear as “I, I” in the heart.
This dear, dear Being, directly known, alone is true,
not the things perceived by the eye and the other senses.
644. Those who do not keenly seek and recognize
the Being Awareness shinning incessant in the heart,
sink deep into delusive illusion,
due to the denotative knowledge piled up by the mounting ego.
645. The import of the teaching “Know the Self”
is only giving up the illusive knowledge of the non-self.
For bright like the true Sun, shines Being-Awareness as “I am, I am”, in everyone.
647. If you refrain from looking at this, that, or any other object,
then by that overpowering look into Absolute Being,
you become yourself the boundless space of pure Awareness,
which alone is real Being.
649. Do not wander endlessly searching in vain for certitude
through strenuous study, listening, learning.
In love surrender to the Love supreme, the Lord,
and reach and hold the supreme state of Real Being.
657. Worship of the Formless is for him alone
who has left behind the notion “I am this form, this body.”
One who is still identified mentally with his body-form, worships only form,
though he may think he is worshipping the Formless.
673. Destroying through discrimination, the basic error that I am the body,
an object, and rejecting it, and the world as mere false mirages,
the surviving Awareness that shines alone as Being, That I am.
678. Absence of mental craving for sense enjoyment is true fasting.
Abidance in the Self is true worship,
hence, those with pure, clear wisdom,
cherish as most precious, this fasting and this worship.
682. Those who love,
deeming they are this putrid body of flesh,
that in a brief while turns clean food to filth,
are baser than the swine that feast on filth as food.
(Those who deem themselves the body, that soon converts clean food to filth,
are worse than swine that feed on filth. – Sri Ramana)
686. Instead of plugging holes, and keeping Awareness still within,
to break the lock, and spill it through the senses, is despicable,
like demolishing the bank and draining out the tank,
to devastate the land.
688. What is conquest of the elements?
Destroying the ego, the attachment to the body,
made up of the five elements,
and scorning with contempt the flaws of the flesh,
which have nothing to do with the true Self-Awareness,
but are only based on the five elements.
692. Since it was one’s own past effort,
that has now ripened into fate,
one can with greater present effort, change one’s fate.
694. Even in this worldly life one’s labors bear no fruit
without abundant faith.
Hence till one merges in the bliss Supreme and boundless,
one’s strong zeal in spiritual practice should never slacken.
697. They say that fate can never bind those heaven bound.
What does this mean?
Not an iota of the past can touch those,
who dwell unceasingly in the firmament of vast, boundless, borderless, full Self-Awareness.
708. Till in the seer’s Awareness objects disappear,
till firm and clear one knows the truth of Self aright,
what use is it to mouth in vain the words “I am God, I am God”?
709. Instead of wandering about proclaiming “I am God”, abide as the Supreme.
For such abidance in the Self, not loud repeated noise, puts an end to sorrow.
710. For curing a dire malady, one must consume, not merely name, the medicine.
Even so, the bonds of birth won’t snap by merely muttering “I am That” and so on.
742. In the Self, he stands firm fixed who dwells
and truly meditates on himself as pure awareness.
749. The universe out there appears when scanned.
When not scanned, the universe disappears.
Turning away from this,
search keenly for the Self-Awareness within the Heart,
and think no more of birth.
750. What we incessantly think of, that we become.
Hence, if we keenly seek the Self-Awareness,
and think of nothing else,
the malady of birth will cease,
and all thoughts will end.
755. If without wasting time,
one starts and keeps up steady self-inquiry,
one’s life becomes at once ennobled,
one is no more this wretched body,
and there wells up within one’s heart,
a sea of supreme bliss.
756. Barring fruitful self-inquiry there is, for real mind control,
no other spiritual practice whatsoever.
The mind may seem to be controlled by other methods,
but after a while it will spring up again.
763. Only a one-pointed mind, turned inward,
succeeds in Self-inquiry.
Weak, faltering minds, like green banana trees,
are not fit fuel to feed this fire.
764. Seeing that desires, bring in their wake, increasing sorrow,
noble ones, renouncing all desires, begin direct self-inquiry
and attain the infinite bliss, of the Self-Awareness within.
775. He who, being ignorant of the truth that he is “I, I”, the Self-Awareness,
regards this body as himself,
can only perish with the perishing flesh,
caught in the web, the dreamlike web,
woven by his own illusions.
780. Swerve not from your true state,
thinking some thought,
but if you do,
do not commit the same foolishness again.
Do nothing you may regret later,
even if you did it once, never repeat it.
783. O mind, you wander far in search of bliss,
not knowing your natural state of freedom.
You will regain your home of infinite bliss,
only if you go back the way you came.
784. Until you taste the bliss at the Heart’s core,
the five senses will never subside.
Till these distracting senses utterly die,
you will not gain true Being’s bliss.
785. O heart of mine,
instead of being confused by this conceptual world,
enter within, and seek the source.
Then in the realm of pure Awareness,
you experience sheer non-duality,
where the one Self-Awareness,
shines as all things.
786. If in an earnest seeker it is a fault
to slip from the high summit of pure non-dual Self-experience,
would it be right for him to interfere in other’s affairs?
790. To err is human.
When those strong in virtue err,
they do not hide it in their pride.
Instead, they own up to their lapse,
and quickly reform themselves.
802. Only he who has attained immortal life, can save the world.
For the ignorant one to help another, is but the blind leading the blind.
(Only a liberated sage can save the world. The blind cannot guide the blind. – Sri Ramana)
804. The true physician is one’s Self-Awareness.
Hence, people tell the would-be Teacher:
“Before you start prescribing medicines for us,
first cure yourself (of blindness),
and then come to us.”
822. The boat moves in the water,
but water should never enter into it.
Though one lives in the world,
the world should not occupy one’s mind.
825. The tamarind fruit grows unattached to its dry shell.
Even so, the wise renounce at heart,
and quite forget the wondrous charms of this false world,
which only ruins those who trust it.
826. A superstructure raised, without a strong foundation,
soon collapses in disgrace.
Hence, earnest seekers first ensure by every means,
their own stern self-discipline
through devotion and detachment.
829. Even the strongest willed aspirant,
does not know how long his life will last.
Hence, when you feel the body and the world turn sour,
renounce them all at once.
833. Seeing how transient the world is,
Lord Buddha gave up wealth and kingship.
When one has seen how false and fleeting
that which is perceived by the senses is,
how can one still be worldly minded?
834. Courageous ones, who know no fear,
renounce the world, and find the world to be worthless,
and so gain true wisdom.
Others are foolish folk, blinded by falsehood.
835. Renouncing this phenomenal world,
which seems to, but does not, exist,
we gain (the great Ones say) the Self,
the shining, unseen, Awareness.
836. After we have renounced whatever can be renounced,
That which abides, and cannot be renounced,
is True Being shining in the Heart,
the fount, the flood of Bliss.
847. What is liberation, the bliss supreme attained by few?
And what is noble renunciation?
What is Death that brings immortality?
What is the highest achievement?
All are but this one thing:
the ending of the foolish, false illusion that “I am the body”.
862. Losing the false ego in awareness,
and firm abidance as awareness, is true clarity.
866. When the sense that “I am the body” dies,
all troublesome illusions and confusions vanish once and for all.
Within the explored heart,
the non-dual Self of pure Awareness appears as “I, I”.
876. Until the snake illusion goes,
its ground, the real rope, will not be recognized.
Until the world of false phenomena disappears,
the Self-Awareness, its ground, will not shine clear.
877. Only when the world illusion goes,
does the blissful light of Self-Awareness arrive.
Life lived in this bright, blissful light, is our true natural life.
Other ways of life are full of trouble and fear.
878. Self-Awareness alone is the true Eye.
One has direct immediate knowledge, only of the Self-Awareness .
But minds averted from the Self-Awareness,
look through the senses at a world other than the Self-Awareness,
and mistakenly think it can be known directly.
884. A woman with a necklace around her neck imagines it is lost,
and after a long search elsewhere,
touches her own neck and there finds it;
even so, the Self-Awareness is here within.
Probe for it within and find it.
885. Except the path of Self-inquiry, probing the mysterious I-sense,
no other effort or action, however strenuously pursued,
can take one to the fount of bliss,
the treasure shining in the heart,
forever as the Self-Awareness.
902. The primal ground whose being is silence, That I am.
Why take the trouble of thinking “That am I”?
Meditation is stillness; it is the extinction of the “I”.
When “I” is gone, where is the room for thought?
905. Is there a greater foolishness, than the aching foolishness,
of supposing that the Self, the I of pure Awareness,
which does not see this changing world at all,
is subject to some change.
906. The troubles that result from change,
can never touch the Self-Awareness,
as changes and flaws in earth, water, fire and air,
do not affect the element ether,
which pervades and transcends them all.
908. Of all the many qualities desirable,
in an earnest seeker of imperishable liberation,
none is more essential than love for the bliss of solitude.
911. Within, without, and through and through all objects,
the ethereal sky is present and yet is bound or affected by none.
And unless one knows one’s Self as the pure transcendent Self-Awareness,
one cannot but get caught in the world’s illusive bonds.
916. It is true wisdom to restrain the mind
from flowing out into any of the five senses,
the home of every sorrow and pain,
and to contain and keep it still,
like a once roaring ocean, now lying calm and tranquil.
917. As in the sky covered with thick clouds,
no eye can see the glorious sun,
one fails to see one’s Self-Awareness,
when the mind firmament is darkened by a dense cloud of thoughts.
918. He who has vanquished thought,
only he sits like an emperor on the neck of the majestic elephant, knowledge.
Know for certain that the mind’s movements alone
give rise to birth and every cruel pain and sorrow.
921. None can confront and overcome the mind.
Ignore it, then, as something false and unreal.
Know the Self-Awareness as the real ground and stand firm rooted in it.
Then the mind’s movements will gradually subside.
924. I shall assert with certainty,
that when the mind as thoughts has ceased to function,
it remains as a temple of Awareness-Bliss,
hidden till then behind the veil of time.
927. For those whose mind has not completely subsided,
the false knowledge already theirs has only served to pile up sorrows.
Gaining more such so-called knowledge, only deepens illusion’s darkeness,
and does not help life at all.
953. Our real Being, the Sun that never can see the darkness of illusion,
knows no trace of pain or suffering.
Misery is what one brings upon one’s self,
by fondly thinking that one is the body, not the Self-Awareness.
954. Blissful and auspicious is the Self-Awareness, our real Being.
One who knows this, sees in life no trace of suffering or pain.
Misery is what one brings upon one’s self,
by foolishly thinking that the body, not the Self-Awareness,
is one’s true self.
955. Not seeing one’s self as the One Self-Awareness,
one always suffers fear and aguish.
Destroy the “I am the body” thought,
and in Self-Awareness firmly fixed,
abide in real non-dual Being.
956. The goal, the Truth, is Self-Awareness.
Reaching it is the annihilation of the painful illusion of birth.
960. Those who, unlured by the false senses,
abide in the heart lotus in waking sleep,
enjoy the bliss of true Awareness,
which is liberation.
Others but slumber,
lost forever, in the illusive world’s dense darkness.
966. That which Is, forever shines in Grace as I,
the Self-Awareness, the Heart.
Can that be blamed for lacking Grace?
The fault is theirs who do not turn within
and seek the Self-Awareness, in love.
967. Mind turned inward and ego dead,
there shines the Self, the Being-Awareness,
and though transcending form and feature,
It appears as Teacher.
Thus does God, the Self-Awareness,
bestow as Teacher, His Grace.
970. Why should God’s glance of Grace,
which falls on all alike, seem to avoid some “sinners”?
The universal Eye avoids no creature.
We are blind, for we look outward, not within.
971. When the intellect, withdrawn from questing after outer objects,
returns to its own natural home,
the Heart, our Being-Awareness-Bliss,
restored to us, abides forever.
974. Unbroken Self-Awareness is the true bright path of devotion or love.
Knowledge of our inherent nature,
as indivisible supreme Bliss,
wells up as love.
984. The strong one who abides in Being,
knows neither fear or doubt.
993. While the mind exists, creeds too exist.
When the mind turns inward in Self-quest and gets caught up in the heart,
no creed can survive in that peace.
997. What scope is there for speech or breath
in silent union where the two, the “I” and “He”, have merged in one?
When “I” is gone, and when two pairs of lover’s eyes have met and mingled,
of what use are spoken words?
998. Only those who have experienced this union with the Self can know Its bliss.
How else is one to know it?
Those who have the experience, know nothing but That,
lost in stillness, like honey bees drunk with honey.
1006. Non-dual infinite Awareness,
where the error of seeing, hearing, and knowing various objects
has been destroyed,
this is the purest bliss supreme.
1007. You who in eager search of Truth,
roam over the world looking for saints,
when you examine what they teach as definitive,
it is only the empty sky of pure Awareness.
1008. Seekers hurrying round the world in search of teachers,
find at last that their paternal gift
is only the marvelous sky of ‘mere’ Awareness.
1012. When the false notion “I am the body” dies,
what abides is what’s worth having,
the vast, bright, silent void, the Self-Awareness.
Why is it so? Because in truth,
the only state free from all pain and all desire is pure Self-Being.
1016. The inner light, self-luminous, shines all the time as I, as I.
To go from place to place in search of That,
is like looking at noon, torch in hand, for the bright Sun
which hides the full moon from our sight.
1017. The “I” is false; “this world is false”;
the seeing of “this world” by “I” is false.
The primal ignorance of illusion is also false.
The sole reality is the bright, marvelous inner space, Being-Awareness.
1023. When the villainous mind,
instead of being bewildered by objects appearing there without,
looks inward, questing “Who am I?”,
and rests firmly in its ground, the Self-Awareness,
this is our true, authentic Being.
1026. Being is by its nature supreme bliss.
It is the treacherous mind’s fond, eager search
all day for pleasure in alien objects
that insures the loss of our inherent bliss.
1027. Having found that Self-relish is the highest bliss,
the wise abide as Self-Awareness alone.
But those who do not know
that the sole, certain, supreme bliss is in Self-Awareness alone,
they stay forever worldly minded.
1028. Those who cannot see that Bliss is their own Self-nature
roam bewildered like the musk deer in the forest.
Those who have know the Self-Awareness,
instead of wandering in the world,
abide in their own natural state.
1029. Bliss is the very nature of the Self-Awareness.
Self-Awareness is infinite Bliss.
Knowing this firmly,
abide in the Self-Awareness,
enjoying bliss forever.
1038. Awareness is not a quality of the Self. The Self is without qualities.
Awareness is not an action of the Self. The Self does nothing.
The Self, our Being, IS Awareness.
1039. That which unaided shines within as “I AM, I AM” without a break,
the strong, true Being free from all adjuncts,
this pure Awareness, is our firm, authentic nature.
1059. The Self, the home of blissful Awareness,
is a vast ocean of serene peace.
He whose mind turns inward and dives deep within it,
gains the infinite treasure of its grace.
1062. The ever-present Self-Awareness,
the radiant gem, this is the rarest, richest treasure.
Look within, and find and hold it fast.
Your poverty, the grand illusion, source of every trouble on earth,
will vanish without delay.
1063. Not knowing the value of this treasure,
people perish through mere laziness.
The great ones who have found the clue and traced and gained it,
they enjoy eternal bliss.
which is but a state of dark illusion.
1065. Though one should win at one stroke all the powers people yearn for,
all one’s learning is just wasted,
if one fails to undo the primal knot,
and to reclaim the one sole, perfect Jewel,
1066. True wealth is but the gracious silence
of steady, unswerving Self-Awareness.
This bright, rare treasure can be gained
only by those who earnestly strive for the extinction of all thoughts.
1067. As the pearl fisher, with single thought, weighted with a stone,
dives deep into the sea and grasps the pearl most precious, and rejoices,
dive into the Heart with stern non-attachment,
gain the Self-treasure,
and so end all suffering and sorrow.
1068. In that flawless state of Being the Self-Awareness,
without a sense of “I” or “mine”,
the still abidance in and as pure Awareness,
this is the noblest victory worth winning.
1069. The pure unflawed Awareness of Being
is the transcendent state wherein both mind and breath find bliss.
This state of supreme grace,
surcharged with peace,
serves also as the medicine which to the sick, restless mind
restores healthful peace.
1076. To search amid bewilderment some other truth than the Truth supreme,
the Truth of Self,
is the foolish barber’s vexed exploring
instead of swiftly sweeping out, the rubbish on the floor.
1077. To those who dwell within the Heart,
loving the Self-Awareness,
bliss comes surging up, mounting ever higher,
as love, Self, grace, Awareness, peace and liberation.
Bliss is the real nature of the Self-Awareness.
1079. Only when the Self-Awareness is gained,
is permanent, perfect, blissful peace attained.
In this Self-sovereignty,
non-dual, heaven-like, all pervasive,
no desire and no fear can exist.
1085. The darkness of illusion never touches
the seer who knows his true identity as pure Awareness,
vast as the sky, bright as the sun.
Only the blind, who think they are bodies,
suffer from dark ignorance.
1088. Why do you suffer in vain,
believing you are hemmed in by the body?
Even in sleep, when you are free from thoughts of separateness,
your being abides intact and whole.
1089. You desire life. But you do not know how to live.
Thinking that sinking in this deep, void,
vain, illusive waking-dream is “life”,
you proudly claim you “live”.
Pierce this illusion,
go, grasp the Truth, eternal life.
1091. Abiding as Self-Being,
living a life that is a steady unhindered flow of true love
welling up in the heart,
this is the bright, joyous Selfhood,
which ends forever the inveterate, false, deceitful ego.
1093. That Heart which truly knows the Self-Awareness,
is full of love whence supreme Bliss wells up forever.
There, desire and its shadow, sorrow, have no place.
Such a life, whose nature is pure,
flows serenely calm from Being.
1094. The only goal worth seeking
is the supreme bliss of Self-Awareness.
Constant remembering and abiding as That,
within the Heart,
amounts to completeness of life.
1095. Such a life of Grace alone,
is life lived in full, real Being.
This worldly life of false phenomena,
full of fear,
is sinking deeper in illusion,
not authentic living.
1096. Those whose five senses no longer turn towards the world,
which once seemed real,
those who have learned to live without their mind being moved
by the illusive universe of forms,
they need perform no penance.
1103. It is folly to waste one’s life running in all directions
searching different goals.
Learn to practice firm abidance at the feet of the Self supreme,
the eternal and auspicious silence, which alone can still the ego’s restlessness.
1117. Those whose minds are merged and lost in one non-dual fullness,
will never be bewildered by this false, phenomenal life.
In that blessed, supreme state of Being pure Awareness,
That exists alone without an “I” or “this”.
1118. The sage whose knot of doer-ship has snapped,
finds no more “duties” to discharge.
In his Awareness there is no other and no objects,
hence no doubt and no delusion.
1120. Those who live within the Heart,
the life of pure Awareness,
find no happiness in the trivial pleasures of the senses.
Is not that still, silent state of Being,
the one boundless and unbroken supreme bliss
of absolute Self-Awareness?
1121. The river that has merged in the ocean,
will never lapse again into separateness.
No more will he who has reached his Being as Awareness,
forget the Self and be reborn.
1124. If once the primal knot is cut,
never again can one be bound,
for this is one’s natural Being.
This is the divine state,
this is the supreme power,
this is the serene peace.
1154. The sage abiding in Self-Being,
asleep and yet awake,
immersed in the still, deep, immutable ocean of supreme bliss,
will never lapse back into this ruinous world and suffer.
1155. The learned man who, letting go the Self, the real Being,
sees and cherishes this dream, this false, illusive world,
may be a scholar.
Something different is he who has gained the clarity of Knowing the Self;
he is a Knower.
1157. Holding in their hands the mirror,
the scripture which declares “The Self alone is to be known”,
many study with care the text and commentaries;
only a few seek the Self and gain true life.
1158. Far different from the scholar learned in books of wisdom, is the Seer.
Those who seek freedom from the bondage of ignorance had better leave scholars alone,
and enter the presence of Seers established in the Self supreme.
1161. What need is there for any thinking for those
who in the thought-free bliss of Self-Awareness, live their lives?
All they experience is bright stillness.
In this supreme state, there is no “other” and nothing to gain.
1176. What is true religion?
It is not speculating with the inconstant mind and endless speaking:
“That is Being. No, that has no being. That has form. No, that is formless.
That is non-dual. No, it is dual.”
True religion is the silence, the experience of deathless Being-Awareness-Bliss.
1181. If we look deep, these troublesome questions and answers
both belong to the language of duality.
In silence, the transcendent speech of non-duality, they have no place at all.
(In the language of duality alone are questions and answers. In non-duality they are not. – Sri Ramana)
1183. What is the bliss supreme attained by keen inquiry,
and what is the Self in the Heart?
It is pure silence, free from false dualistic knowledge.
1184. Shining as the bright void,
devoid of concepts raised by the villainous ego,
this is the true experience of infinite Being-Awareness,
the one non-dual bliss of pure silence.
1186. Uninterrupted and whole minded concentration on Self-Awareness,
our true, non-dual Being,
this is pure, supreme silence, the goal;
Not the lazy mind’s inertia,
1192. The ego image moves reflected in the mind’s waves.
How to stop this movement, how to regain the state of stillness?
Don’t observe these movements, seek the Self instead.
It is wisdom to gain and abide in silence.
1193. The Seers declare that pure silence
is firm abidance in egoless, true Awareness.
For such thought-free silence,
the means is clinging to the Self-Awareness
within the Heart.
1194. When one refrains from looking out and noting outward objects,
and instead abides within the Heart in Self-Awareness,
the ego disappears.
The pure silence that then shines forth is the goal of Knowledge.
1197. When the ego, shaking off all tricky concepts,
finally merges in the silence of the Heart,
the fullness of blissful, bright Self-Awareness, this,
this is what the sages call transcendent speech.
1200. True silence is the state of being Self-Awareness in the heart ,
when the false, foolish sense that one is but the body, is no more.
Mere verbal silence, undertaken without inquiring “Who am I?”,
is no better than a mental trick.
1201. When the mad craving for false, trivial objects is no more,
and the ego is absorbed in its source and lost,
the life of true Self-Awareness,
that now shines forth, is supreme bliss.
1202. Those in whose Heart, pure silence shines,
and the perennial, blissful nectar of Self-Awareness overflows,
will never look at or get lost in this world,
and its false, trivial, maddening pleasures.
1209. When, the dense darkness of ignorance is gone,
the Heart’s wide open firmament is filled with serene, clear, bright peace,
and an inner fount of love springs up,
which is true devotion,
the pure auspiciousness of Self-Awareness.
1222. That which alone abides and shines as pure Awareness,
perfect peace, is the eternal Self.
the supreme state of Being That,
this is the fullness of liberation.
1223. Firm, steady abidance in the serene peace
gained by the quest for Self, the Awareness,
the sole ground supporting all appearances,
and the consequent relinquishment of all objects as unreal,
this alone is liberation.
1224. Unless there is a final end
of so called “knowledge” of things out there,
one cannot gain release from bondage to the sense-created world.
This “knowledge” being destroyed by firm abidance in the Self-Awareness,
what remains is the supreme bliss of liberation.
1225. The foe desire, is the sole cause of our laughable bondage to birth and death.
Know and use the means to end desire.
Pure Being, free from all desire, this alone is liberation.
1234. Reality is one and only one.
This permanent and perfect Being,
has been described variously by sages
who with keen minds have searched the Heart,
and there experienced It.
1238. The Self, who is pure Awareness, transcending thought,
is only known to heroic seers,
who with minds extinct,
abide thought-free within the Heart,
and not to those whose minds are still engaged in thought.