Thursday, 12 December 2013

Renunciation

“Renunciation is always in the mind, not in going to the forest or solitary places, or giving up one's duties. The main thing is to see that the mind does not turn outward but inward. It does not really rest with a man whether he goes to this place or that, or whether he gives up his duties or not. All that happens according to destiny. All the activities that the body is to go through are determined when it first comes into existence. It does not rest with you to accept or reject them. The only freedom you have is to turn your mind inward and renounce activities there.”

- Ramana Maharshi, from 'Gems from Bhagavan: A Necklace of Sayings by Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi', by A. Devaraja Mudaliar

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