Ramana Maharshi (30 December 1879 – 14 April 1950) is widely acknowledged as one of the outstanding Hindu gurus of modern times.He was born Venkataraman Iyer, in Tiruchuli, Tamil Nadu, South India, and given the name Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi in 1907.
In response to questions on self-liberation and the classic texts on Yoga and Vedanta, Ramana recommended self-enquiry as the principal way to awaken to the “I-I”, realise the Self and attain liberation. He also recommended Bhakti, and gave his approval to a variety of paths and practices. Read More On Wikipedia
When there are thoughts, it is distraction: when there are no thoughts, it is meditation.
Concentration of the mind is in a way common to both Knowledge and Yoga. Yoga aims at union of the individual with the universal, the Reality. This Reality cannot be new. It must exist even now, and it does exist.
The degree of freedom from unwanted thoughts and the degree of concentration on a single thought are the measures to gauge spiritual progress.
Happiness is your nature. It is not wrong to desire it. What is wrong is seeking it outside when it is inside.
Realisation is not acquisition of anything new nor is it a new faculty. It is only removal of all camouflage