- The radiance of consciousness-bliss, in the form of one awareness shining equally within and without, is the supreme and blissful primal reality. Its form is silence and it is declared by the self-realised (jnanis) to be the final and un-obstructable state of true knowledge [jnana].
- For those who live in Self as the beauty devoid of thought, there is nothing which should be thought of. That which should be adhered to is only the experience of silence, because in that supreme state nothing exists to be attained other than oneself.
- That state which transcends speech and thought is silence (mouna). That which is, is silence (mouna). How can silence (mouna) be explained in words?
- Sages say that the state in which the thought `I' (the ego) does not rise even in the least, alone is Self (swarupa) which is silence (mouna). That silent Self alone is God; Self alone is the individual soul(jiva). Self alone is this ancient world.
- All other knowledge are only petty and trivial knowledge; the experience of silence alone is the real and perfect knowledge. Know that the many objective differences are not real but are mere super impositions on Self, which is the form of true knowledge.
- The evil forgetfulness of Self which causes one to slip down from that silence, alone is non-devotion [vibhakti]. Know that abiding as that silence with the mind subsided as non-different from Self is the truth of devotion to God.
- Preaching is simple communication of knowledge; it can really be done in silence only.
- The highest form of grace is silence. It is also the highest teaching (upadesa).
1. Be as you are – Ramana Maharishi