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Advice About Self-Enquiry

For going within, there is no map and there is no guide.

By Prof. G.V. Subbaramayya

THERE ARE MANY GUIDELINES FOR GOING OUTSIDE. We have doors and there are road maps to guide us. But for going within, there is no map and there is no guide. Just as the Upanishads say, “The bird has no path; where the bird flies is the path. The fish has no path in water; wherever it swims is the path.” Similarly, you have to dive within and find your path. None of the scriptures can help you; none of the theoretical knowledge that you have will help you. You can achieve it by having complete faith in yourself. How beautifully the bird flies! Does it worry about the path? Does the fish hesitate? Then why do we hesitate? Plunge within! My master Ramana always said, “Dive within, plunge within and go inwards.” Dive within with full faith in Bhagavan and you are sure to find the inner guru waiting for you with open arms.

Prof. G.V. Subbaramayya

Text copyright © V. Ganesan. Text reprinted from Ramana Periya Puranam by V. Ganesan.

Photo: Sri Ramanasramam catalog number jh_71.

Gurram Venkata Subbaramayya (Telugu; 1899‒1970) was a direct disciple of Sri Ramana Maharshi, professor of English, college administrator, and author of numerous books and translations. See the biography below for more information.

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This page was published on May 14, 2017 and last revised on May 16, 2017.


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