What is the Guru? Quotations of Ramana Maharshi

“So long as you seek self realization the Guru is necessary. Guru is the Self. Take Guru to be the real Self and your self as the individual self. The disappearance of this sense of duality is the removal of ignorance. So long as duality persists in you the Guru is necessary. Because you identify yourself with the body you think that the Guru is also a body.You are not the body, nor is the Guru. You are the Self and so is the Guru. This knowledge is gained by what you call Self-realization.” (Be as you are, The teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi, p. 95)

GRACE IS ALWAYS PRESENT.
THE SADGURU IS INSIDE YOU.

“O Guru! You were always with me, watched over me during many lifes and determined my way until I was liberated.” (Kaivalya)

“A spiritually-minded man thinks that God is all-pervading and takes God for his Guru. Later, God brings him in contact with a personal Guru and the man recognises him as all in all. Lastly the same man is made by the grace of the master to feel that his Self is the reality and nothing else. Thus he finds that the Self is the master.” (Be as you are, The teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi, p. 96)

“Peace, the one thing which is desired by everyone, cannot be attained in any way, by anyone, at any time or in any place, unless stillness of mind is obtained through the grace of the sadguru. Therefore always seek that grace with a one-pointed mind.” (Be as you are, The teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi, p. 97)

“The Self manifests externally as the Guru when the occasion arises, otherwise he is always within, doing what is necessary.” (Be as you are, The teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi, p. 95)

“Look upon him as your Guru with whom your mind gets attuned. The one in whom you have faith is your Guru.” (Be as you are, The teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi, p. 93)

“Guru is the Self. Sometimes in his life a man becomes dissatisfied and, not content with what he has, he seeks the satisfaction of his desires through prayer to God. His mind is gradually purified until he longs to know God, more to obtain his grace than to satisfy his worldly desires. Then, God’s grace begins to manifest. God akes the form of a Guru and appears to the devotee, teaches him the truth and, moreover, purifies his mind by association. The devotee’s mind gains strength and is then able to turn inward. By meditation it is further purified and it remains still without the least ripple. The calm expanse is the Self. The Guru is both external and internal. From the exterior he gives a push to the mind to turn it inwards. From the interior he pulls the mind towards the Self and helps in the quieting of the mind. That is the Guru’s grace. There is no difference between God, Guru and the Self.” (Be as you are, The teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi, p. 91)

“God, who is immanent, in his grace takes pity on the loving devotee and manifests himself according to the devotee’s development. The devotee thinks that he is a man and expects a relationship between two physical bodies. But the Guru who is God or the Self incarnate works from within, helps the man to see the error of his ways and guides him on the right path until he realizes the Self within.” (Be as you are, The teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi, p. 91)

“Liberation is not anywhere outside you. It is only within. If a man is anxious for deliverance, the internal Guru pulls him in and the external Guru pushes him into the Self. This is the grace of the Guru.” (Be as you are, The teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi, p. 93)

“The Guru is absolutely necessary. The Upanishads say that none but a Guru can take a man out of the jungle of intellect and sense-perceptions. So there must be a Guru.” (Be as you are, The teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi, p. 94)

“If you want to perceive the real nature or form of the Guru you must first learn to look upon the whole universe as Guru rupam [the form of the Guru].” (Be as you are, The teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi, p. 93)

“Guru is only one. He is not physical. So long as there is weakness the support of strength is needed.” (Be as you are, The teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi, p. 94)

“For one who, due to rare, intense and abundant love, has complete faith in the glance of grace bestowed by the Guru, there will be no suffering and he will live in this world like Puruhuta [a name of Indra, the king of the gods].” (Be as you are, The teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi, p. 97)

“As for grace, grace is within you. If it is external it is useless. Grace is the Self. You are never out of its operation. Grace is always there.” (Be as you are, The teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi, p. 97)

“Without the Guru’s grace neither dispassionateness nor realization of truth can be attained.”

Where is the Guru? – Inside.

“O Master thou were inside me in all my past incarnations and thou eventually revealed thyself as human being to speak the language which I can understand and to guide me.”

“God, grace and Guru mean the same thing that dwells in all and is eternal. If the devotee delivers himself to the Guru that means that he does not retain the least sign of individuality, so that there is no rason to feel miserably. The eternal being is nothing than bliss. This will become obvious then.”

“This false has to disappear. Its destruction is the fruit of service to the Guru.”

“Realization is eternal and is not evoked anew by the Guru. He just helps to remove ignorance, that’s all.”


“The Guru does not cause Self-realization. He just removes the obstacles. The Self is always realized.”

“So long as you believe you are this person you believe in God. If you pray to Him, He will come to you as Guru. If you serve the Guru, He will manifest as the Self.”

The externally visible Guru causes the mind to go inward.

It is said that the prey which has fallen into the jaws of a tiger is definitely lost. This remark relates to the meeting with the real Guru. Who comes within the ambit of the Guru’s gracious look, cannot escape from this grace.

The essential help is the grace of the Guru.

God and the Guru will only show the way to release. They will not by themselves take the soul to the state of release. In truth, God and the Guru are not different.

2 comments


  • a.gopinath

    very very good collection keep it up

    23. November 2015
  • Gurmani

    My question is a sincere one. In trusth if all is one, then who is the one making the mistake of not realizing. For example if John does not realize that he is John, then John is the one himself needing help . Only after he is awakened he realizes who he is. Then he is the one who was asleep ?

    13. April 2016

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