Gems — 21 February 2017

A quote by Ramana Maharshi.

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

Ramana Maharshi (30 December 1879 – 14 April 1950) was an Indian sage born in what is now Tiruchuli, Tamil Nadu. At age 15 he was attracted to the holy hill Arunachala and a year later he had a death-experience in which he became aware of a ‘current’ or ‘force’ (avesam) which he recognised as his true ‘I’ or ‘self’.

Six weeks later he left his uncle’s home in Madurai, and journeyed to the holy mountain Arunachala, Tiruvannamalai, where he took on the role of a sannyasin and remained for the rest of his life. He soon attracted devotees who regarded him as an avatar and came to him for darshan, and in later years an ashram grew up around him.

Ramana Maharshi gave his approval to a variety of paths and practices, but recommended self-enquiry as the principal means to remove ignorance and abide in Self-awareness, together with devotion (bhakti) or surrender to the Self.

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