“Annamalai Swami: Enquire ‘Who am I?’ or ‘What is my real name?’ The nature of the Self is nothing but peace. If you are not aware of that peace, it means that you are identifying with something that is not the Self. As long as you hear, taste and smell things, you identify with the body. When the perception and the perceiver of them vanish, you become aware of the peace that is there all the time.
Question: I hear the sound. Then I ask myself who is hearing the sound, the answer is ‘I’. What happens next depends on where I am. If I am in Swami’s presence or in the meditation hall at Sri Ramanashram, I feel the presence of the Self and the bliss of peace, but when I am away from Swami, it is not so easy.
Annamalai Swami: You need not hold on to That because you are That all the time. That is enough. You are That. How can you hold on to That, or feel separate from it, or try to get it back, or lose it? If That is your real nature, how can you pretend that you are nearer to it in two places and separate from it when you are somewhere else?”
~ Final Talks