Forty Verses On Reality – Invocatory Verses
i. If Reality did not exist, could there be any knowledge of existence? Free from all thoughts, Reality abides in the Heart, the Source of all thoughts. It is, therefore, called the Heart. How then is one to contemplate it? To be as it is in the Heart, is Its contemplation.
ii. Those who know intense fear of death seek refuge only at the feet of the Lord Who has neither death nor birth. Dead to themselves and their possessions, can the thought of death occur to them again? Deathless are they.
[Sri Muruganar, an ardent devotee of Sri Ramana Maharshi, requested Him to write the essence of His teachings in a poetic form. Ramana wrote 40 verses. He later wrote 40 more, which were added as a supplement. These original Verses contain the gist of Ramana’s Teachings on Non-duality and Self-Enquiry.]