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If there were not, in each religion, at least one word which could reveal the transcendental Supreme Thing in the Heart, as clearly as a mountain on a plain, then all the researches and arguments found in the scriptures of that religion would become nothing but the hubbub of a cattle market.

Sadhu Om: It is asserted in this verse that at least one word or saying [Mahavakya] which easily reveals the fact that Self is the Supreme Reality will be found in every true religion existing on earth. Some of those pointed out by Sri Bhagavan are:

in Hinduism – “Tat twam asi”, “Aham Brahmasmi”, etc.
in Islam – “Ana’l-Haq”;
in Judaism and Christianity – “I AM THAT I AM”.


These words clearly show that God is the Reality of the first person, ‘I’.

Know that the bright light of fire that rises within, kindled by more and more inwardly grinding the mind,which has been made free from impurities, on the stone of heart through [the enquiry] ‘Who am I?’, is the true knowledge “Ana’l-Haq” [I am the reality].

Sadhu Om: If a religion is a true one, at least one sacred utterance of Mahavakya which reveals the transcendent nature of Self,should be found in its scriptures. If such a Mahavakya were not found in its scriptures, it would not be a true religion. For example,Sri Bhagavan used to point out the peerless Mahavakya ‘I am that I am’ which is revealed in the Holy Bible. In the same manner, He also used to point out the sacred utterance ‘Ana’l-Haq’ in the Islamic Religion al-Haq is one of the 99 names of Allah, and means ‘the reality’ or ‘the truth’; “Ana’l-Haq” means ‘I am the reality’, and is a sacred utterance made by Hallaj, a famous Sufi Sage]. Sri Bhagavan used to explain that the final aim of all these religions is to make one know the Self.

Those who always worship the holy Feet of Allah [God] will achieve all benefits and happiness together, having extinguished all the fire of suffering of the imaginary mental life led by them on account of wicked and sinful actions [karmas].

Sadhu Om: Since this is advice given to some Muslims, Sri Bhagavan used the word ‘Allah’ instead of God.

Source: GURU VACHAKA KOVAI The Light of Supreme Truth or THE COLLECTION OF GURU’S SAYINGS translated from original Tamil By Sadhu Om and Michael James

Guru Vachaka Kovai is the biggest collection of Bhagavan’s spoken teachings that was thoroughly checked and revised by him during his lifetime. As such it has a unique place in the Ramana literature.


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Bhagavan Ramana also says that like the beads are stung in the single thread, Atma
(Arunachala), the thread is the common in all beads called religions. 

Arunachala Siva.