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The teachings of Ramana Maharshi always center around the question "who am I" intended to lead one to his inner Self. The atma vichara, the questioning of the self, should start from here and now and must be continued indefinitely until the course of thought stops and one seizes the real Self.

Many tried to link Maharshi's teachings to the Vedanta or other spiritual disciplines as well, still they arise from his teenage experience with the fear of death which opened him the door to the understanding of the real Self, the Eternal.

When one reached the awareness of the real Self, one is freed from any karma , that is, he transcends the body and the world. This is the final aim of the disciple.

Here's the main teaching of Ramana in his own words:

Who am I?

Ask yourself, day and night, "who am I"? Analyze your entire personality. Try to see where the idea of "I" appears? Continue to meditate in this way. Some day, the wheel of thoughts will slow down and an intuition will appear as through miracle. Follow that intuition, let your thoughts stop and you will attain your goal. (Ramana Maharshi)

Commentary

Ramana used to say that people need mysteries and thus they created the religious systems. But they need delusion too and in this concern they created the fake meditation methods. With Bhagavan, meditation procedure is very simple and aims at the realization of the Self. Nothing less or more!

In short, all we have to do is to meditate, day and night, that is, to scrutinize our mind with the question "who am I"? Step by step, we will start to see beyond our thoughts as they will cease by themselves. Our mind will remain still and clear, in its native shape, pure like the sun on an empty sky at midday. This is our Self.

Ramana Maharhsi's solution in searching our inner Self is simple but, unfortunately, we  are infinitely complex!

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