Sunday, January 25, 2009

Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi on Reading books on Vedanta

Question : Should I give up my business and take to reading books on Vedanta?
Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi : If the objects have an independent existence, i.e., if they exist anywhere apart from you, then it may be possible for you to go away from them. But they don’t exist apart from you; they owe their existence to you, your thought.

So, where can you go, to escape them? As for reading books on Vedanta, you may go on reading any number of them. They can only tell you, ‘Realise the Self within you’. The Self cannot be found in books. You have to find it out for yourself, in yourself.

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