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The One Is Real; The Many Are Mere Names And Forms – Ramana Maharishi

The mind turned inwards is the Self; turned outwards, it becomes the ego and all the world.

Cotton made into various clothes we call by various names. Gold made into various ornaments we call by various names. But all the clothes are cotton and all the ornaments gold.

The one is real; the many are mere names and forms.

Association with sages should be made because thoughts are so persistent. The sage has already overcome the mind and remains in peace. Being in his proximity helps to bring about this condition in others, otherwise there is no meaning in seeking his company. The guru provides the needed strength for this, unseen by others.

 – Ramana Maharishi