” … the Self is like the pearl: to find it you must dive deep down into the silence, deeper and ever deeper, until it is reached.” ~ Ramana Maharshi
“The most valuable thing in the ocean lies on its floor. The pearl is so small a thing, yet so valuable and so difficult to procure. Similarly, the Self is like the pearl: to find it you must dive deep down into the silence, deeper and ever deeper, until it is reached.” ~ Ramana Maharshi
“When Sri Ramana spoke on the subject of silence, he usually used the Sanskrit word ‘mauna’. In using this term he made it clear that he was not indicating a mere absence of sound; rather, he was referring to the unmoving, silent, peaceful state of the Self that is beyond and prior to the antonyms of noise and physical quietness.” ~ An excerpt from Silence in the Teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi, by David Godman.
“Referring to mauna, Sri Bhagavan said, ‘Silence is of four kinds: silence of speech, silence of the eye, silence of the ear, and silence of the mind. Only the last is pure silence and is the most important.” ~ An excerpt from Sri Ramana Reminiscences, p. 62, by Gurram Subbaramayya
Ramana ‘s quotes are from the books, Conscious Immortality: Conversations with Sri Ramana Maharshi and Sri Ramana Reminiscences