Ramana Maharashi was a guru from southern India who is known to have gone into an altered state of consciousness in the summer of 1896. He experienced what he understood to be his own death, and later returned to life. Through his experiences, he focused on self inquiry and his teachings about happiness, consciousness and surrender are acclaimed world over.

Here are 18 of his teachings that will make you introspect your life in a different light.

True words of wisdom, are they not? Let’s take a deep breath and take it all in.