“Everyone is a suicide. The eternal, blissful, and natural state has been smothered by this life of ignorance.”
Ramana: Look, the Self is only Be-ing, not being this or that. It is simple
Being. Be – and there is an end of the ignorance. Enquire for whom
is the ignorance. The ego arises when you wake up from sleep. In
deep sleep you do not say that you are sleeping and that you are
going to wake up or that you have been sleeping so long. But still
you are there. Only when you are awake you say that you have
slept. Your wakefulness comprises sleep also in it. Realise your
pure Be-ing. Let there be no confusion with the body. The body
is the result of thoughts. The thoughts will play as usual, but you
will not be affected. You were not concerned with the body when
asleep; so you can always remain.
(excerpt from Talk 46)
Ramana: While lying in bed in Tiruvannamalai you dream in your sleep that
you find yourself in another town. The scene is real to you. Your
body remains here on your bed in a room. Can a town enter your
room, or could you have left this place and gone elsewhere, leaving
the body here? Both are impossible. Therefore your being here and
seeing another town are both unreal. They appear real to the mind.
The ‘I’ of the dream soon vanishes, then another ‘I’ speaks of the
dream. This ‘I’ was not in the dream. Both the ‘I’s are unreal. There
is the substratum of the mind which continues all along, giving rise
to so many scenes. An ‘I’ rises forth with every thought and with
its disappearance that ‘I’ disappears too. Many ‘I’s are born and die
every moment. The subsisting mind is the real trouble.
(excerpt Talk 49)
Visitor: What becomes of the jiva (individual soul) after death?
Ramana: The question is not appropriate for a jiva now living. A
disembodied jiva may ask me, if convenient. In the meantime let
the embodied jiva solve its present problem and find who he is.
There will be an end of such doubts.
(excerpt Talk 52)
Ramana: The world is not external. The impressions cannot have an outer
origin. Because the world can be cognised only by consciousness.
The world does not say that it exists. It is your impression. Even so
this impression is not consistent and not unbroken. In deep sleep
the world is not cognised; and so it exists not for a sleeping man.
Therefore the world is the sequence of the ego. Find out the ego.
The finding of its source is the final goal.
Visitor: I believe that we should not inflict suffering on other lives. Should
we then endure the mosquito bite and submit to it also?
Ramana: You do not like to suffer yourself. How can you inflict suffering on
others? Just keep off mosquitoes since you suffer by their stings.
Visitor: Is it right that we kill other lives, e.g., mosquitoes, bugs?
Ramana: Everyone is a suicide. The eternal, blissful, and natural state has been
smothered by this life of ignorance. In this way the present life is due to
the killing of the eternal, pristine Being. Is it not a case of suicide? So
then, everyone is a suicide. Why worry about murders and killing?
(excerpt Talk 53, Talks With Sri Ramana Maharshi PDF file)