Deepavali - quotes from Sri. Bhagavan Ramanar

Happy Diwali

Quotes from Bhagavan Ramana Maharishi:

Bhagavan Ramanar. The Hindu com
Above image: Ramana Maharshi  (30 December 1879 -14 April 1950) was a well-known Indian sage and jivanmukta (liberated being).  He was born Venkataraman Iyer, but is most commonly known by the name Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi. He gave much importance to ''self-enqiry. According to David Godman, the essence of Ramana Maharshi's teachings is that the "Self" or real "I" is a "non-personal, all-inclusive awareness.

Rmamanar Quote.

"He is the king of hell who says that he is  
the body which is hell itself. He is Narayana who ascertains who Naraka is, and destroys
him with his vision of wisdom- Gnana Drishti
That is the auspicious day of Narakachathurdasi".

Sri Ramanar onDeepavali.

"The false belief that this hell-like house called body is me, is Naraka himself. To destroy that false belief and let the self shine as Self, is Deepavali". 
                                          ............Bhagavan Ramanar

The following two verses explain the significance of Dipavali (the festival of lights):  The Translation by by Prof. K. Swaminathan given below:

The demon Naraka (ego) who rules hell, (has)
The notion ‘I am this body’,
‘Where is this demon?’ enquiring thus
With the discus of jnana, Narayana
Destroys the demon. And this day
Is Naraka-Chaturdasi.
Shining as the Self in glory
After slaying Naraka,
The sinner vile who suffered much
Because he deemed as “I” the wretched
Home of pains, the body of flesh —
this is the festival of light,