Books ?

All the texts say that in order to gain release one should render the mind quiescent; therefore their conclusive teaching is that the mind should be rendered quiescent; once this has been understood there is no need for endless reading.

In order to quieten the mind one has only to inquire within oneself what one’s Self is; how could this search be done in books? One should know one’s Self with one’s own eye of wisdom. The Self is within the five sheaths; but books are outside them. Since the Self has to be inquired into by discarding the five sheaths, it is futile to search for it in books. There will come a time when one will have to forget all that one has learned.

– a dude named Ramana.

5 responses to “Books ?”

  1. “There will come a time when one will have to forget all that one has learned.” – My Chemistry Exam.

    BTW, Why do you want to search yourself ? Its useless.

    Have you come across this philosophy.. even Ramanar has told this.. Kapila Maharishi has written about it. The art of REALIZING THE PRESENT ?


  2. Hi LG – Back after loooooong time. This is a classic from Ramana Maharishi. My chitappa follows his teachings closely and this was one of his earliest favorites. Shed the known to query the unknown. 🙂


  3. creation is always out of struggle.
    if u just want to shutdown the system as the sucking eastern philosophies say. do it.