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Ramana:

175. The only worthy occupation is to thoroughly absorb the ego by turning Selfward and, without allowing it to rise, to thus abide quietly, like a waveless ocean, in Self-Knowledge, having annihilated the delusive mind-ghost, which had been wandering about unobstructed.

176. The truly powerful tapas is that state in which, having lost the sense of doership, and knowing well that all is His Will, one is relieved from the delusion of the foolish ego. Thus should you know.
(The last sentence may also mean, ‘Therefore, acquire such tapas’.)

source: Ramana, Guru Vachaka Kovai PDF p. 75

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My Comment:

I notice that here it is said “…thoroughly absorb the ego by turning SelfwardThis sense of absorbing the ego changes the idea of having to annihilate, or suppress, or fight the ego. The ego structure as a behavior pattern of the limited self, is of course part of who and what I am and so to attempt to divorce myself or separate myself from ego is illusory. When awareness is no longer obstructed by ignorance then ego is naturally absorbed into the greater Self. 

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13. Association with the Unreal (Ramana, Guru Vachaka Kovai PDF p. 59)

“Know Self, which is eternal Bliss. Cherishing the ephemeral body as well as trying to know Self is just like using a crocodile as a raft to cross a river.”

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116. Know that the thick veiling of a jiva’s forgetfulness about all the troubles caused to others or by others during his innumerable past lives is due to the Grace of God [for his own peace of mind].

117. “When the remembrance of even a few miserable instances in this lifetime can make one’s life a hell, should not forgetfulness alone be loved by all?”

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single vast Space of Consciousness

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97. “The body exists only in the view of the mind, which is deluded and drawn outwards by the power of Maya. In the clear view of Self, which is a single vast Space of Consciousness, there is no body at all…”

110. “If one enquires to the very end, “Who is this jiva, (individual soul) ‘I’? it will be found that it is non-existent, and Shiva will be revealed as being nothing but the Supreme Expanse of Consciousness.”

source: Ramana, Guru Vachaka Kovai

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