September 28, 2016

Without a full focus, the Awakening is not possible!

Once again, we turn ourselves to this moment. Once again, we place ourselves available to this moment. This moment is the only one.

It is time of the investigation; it is time of this Consciousness, where this space of pure Awareness arises. When your entire being is this, then, this is meditation. It is a moment of Consciousness, Presence, of Perception.

Notice that we are not talking about the presence of an agent in this thing. Perception, Consciousness, the Presence, is not the presence of someone, it is not the presence of an author, it is the Consciousness in Itself, It is Meditation in Itself, it is this Presence in Itself.

In these investigations, the only thing that matters is “That” which notices, “That” which witnesses. “That” which realizes is where the realization takes place; “That” which witnesses is where this Presence happens. So we are not talking about someone in it, we are not talking about an agent present in this, we are completely discarding this belief.

We are emphasizing this present Reality, this impersonal Reality, that Reality without an author, without an agent, without someone who speaks and someone who listens. We are dealing with this impersonality. The only Reality is this impersonality. We're talking about “That” which you are truly, “That” which perceives all passing phenomena.

Here, the art of Liberty, the art of Realization, is to assume this reality. Everything else is a great movie. Everything else is just a novel; it is just a TV show. Do not mix yourself up with it, do not  get disturbed among all this, do not trust in it as if it were real, that is what  we are dealing with.

If we make a real and true exploration, - what we call investigation – we will get to this Perception, this Presence, this Meditation, this Reality.

So, here it is about literally to disregard all thought as if they were real and separate from this single Reality, being “real” as an author, as a responsible entity, as the substrate. 

Thought is only a phenomenon. It has only this reality - the reality of the phenomenon. So what gives identity, what gives credibility to this entity is not real; and that entity is not real. Therefore, the thought appears as being the thinker, and that is just a phenomenon. Here, the point is to make it as if it were  a truth, which is what you do when you imagine like this. Thus, it becomes the truth of the mind, the truth of the illusion.

Perhaps to disregard the thoughts is not so simple. However, this is the only way to go beyond them. It is not simple because, for a long time, you have been considering the thought as the truth to this supposed thinker who you believe to be. 

Because of this, it may not be so simple. It is a long time in it, much investment in this illusion of being someone. However, there is no other way. It is needed devotion to the Truth! Surrender! A complete surrender to the Truth!

We need all our attention applied directly to this. To be simply with this Presence... To be with this Consciousness and to be in this Consciousness. That is what I consider “to disregard the thought”. This is Meditation!

This is when the action of the own Consciousness takes place, the action of the own Presence, which is Grace. It is the Divine Grace making this possible. Only by an action of this Grace, it is possible to go beyond thought. The thought does not go beyond itself.

This moment is a moment like this. It is a time to wean you from living in the mind, from living identified with the illusion of "I".

This moment is called Satsang. So I have been talking that Satsang is Meditation. You do not separate Satsang, which means "encounter with what is", from the own Meditation, which is Presence, which is Consciousness.

Right now, in this moment, you have this Grace, the Divine Grace, the Grace of Presence, the Grace of God. That is why it is fundamental being along the one who is settled in this State, as we are doing here, now.

When you are in Satsang with a living Master, you are before the Grace, in this Grace, in this Presence, in the facilitation of this Silence. Therefore, I invite you simply to remain with this Presence.

This moment is a very precious moment because it is the unique moment. It is the moment of reality, the moment of a complete emptying of the entire contents of the mind, the mind in its content. There is not much to say.

There is not much to say, because everything is already being said in this Presence, in this Consciousness, in this Silence, which is meditation, which is self-inquiry, which is devotion.

Notice that none of this appears in a separate way. The self-inquiry is only possible in this devotion to the Truth, which is surrender, which is Meditation, which is Consciousness, which is Presence.

Therefore, it is a matter of feeling directly, diving directly.

When we are in this willingness, in this deep exploration, this immersion into this devotion to the Truth, we find no separation. The whole notion of world, object, body, and mind disappears, whether with closed or open eyes. In this "hearing" is only "hearing"; in this "talking", it is just "talking”.

Whether with closed eyes, witnessing some thought, without any importance, or with open eyes, seeing some image before your eyes. There is no separation. They are just expressions of this unique Consciousness, this unique Presence.

Participant: Naturally, we tend to generate an expectation about the Realization. Is Maintaining this focus also an identification? Does it confuse our work?

Master Gualberto: The first thing here is:  you do not need to keep any expectation of this Realization. This is something useless. However, it is fundamental to keep this fire. You need to be focused on this work of Awakening. Total focus! Without a full focus, Awakening is not possible, but all and any expectation is something completely useless.

The point is also to know what means to be in this focus. If you are far from a living Master, away from a “face-to-face” work, you have no idea what I am talking about, you have no idea about what means to be in this focus.

So, all that the mind can do is to create an expectation, and this expectation is only the imagination of a work of Realization, something completely useless.

Without being in front of a living Master, you have no idea about what means to be focused, about what is to be in a real job. It is very easy to get lost, even when we are in a job, in front of a living Master. The easiest thing that exists is the focus disappears, that surrender disappears. So, no matter the amount of expectations that we create around it, they are mere imaginations.

Let’s stop here? Thanks for the meeting! Until the next one!

*Speech transcribed from an online meeting on the evening of April 29, 2016.
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September 26, 2016

Darshan: The Look of God

This Space cannot be injured, hurt, hit, it does not suffer change; It does not know one side without knowing the other. I am talking about that Space that is a non-space, here and now, always here and now. This is Enlightenment.

This space is nobody. Someone gets in, someone leaves, someone is born, someone dies, someone comes, someone goes... This Space is just space, nothing but Space. The apparitions of this Space disappear in It; They do not reach, do not dye, do not color, do not alter, do not change, do not make and unmake the Space. This Space is the godsend of Grace; this Grace is this Space of godsend. This Space is You in your Essential Nature. You did not produce the illusion of lack of space. So you cannot produce the reality of the presence of this Space. You can only wait patiently. What has to be already Is.

In India, they call it Darshan. This is a subject that we can always investigate, talk about, make comments, but we will never explore it in a sufficient way: Darshan!

What is Darshan? It is the mirroring of the Presence in the Guru’s eyes, when you look at the Guru. When you learn to look at the Guru it is because you have unlearned how to look at objects and valorize forms. When you unlearn to look at objects and value forms, then you have a real look at the Guru; then you see the Real Nature of the objects, the Real Nature of the forms. And what you find is You in this Space, in this so-called Darshan - the look of the Guru. It is like being bathed by the colorless waters of Bliss, Blissful, Love. When you approach the Guru, unlearn looking objects and shapes and you will see the essence of it, which is this Space.

The Guru is a mirror without dust, without stains; a mirror of a light cleaning, in which you see yourself, in which you find yourself, in which you get rid of all illusions. The Guru is always this space out of moment, at this "now" with no time. In Darshan, in this mirror, you can confirm That. When you realize It, there is no longer "you"; the mirror is broken, and with it, the reflection too. And then everything is one. This 'thing' is not a thing, it is the Space of all things. That is why this is unique.

It is indeed unbelievable the melodious musicality of the power of the Presence of this look. Darshan is the sight of God to God. Only God sees God. There is only God seeing Himself, meeting Himself, mirroring and breaking Himself in that mirror. There is only God!

My statement is an assertion that denies any possibility that you still believe that there is this a "suffering I", a separate identity, a separate being, someone far away, someone away from God. You are what I am, and I am That, and That is All, and Everything is Darshan. Everything is God! There is only Him!

Your Real Nature is the nature of Happiness, Freedom, Peace, Grace, this unconditional Love that fills all things, interpenetrating, which invades all apparitions, this non-spatial Space, this never absent Presence, this Presence always present.

You are this Everything, which is Darshan! God watching everything, God being seen in everything and appearing in everything to be seen. You were born for That! In fact, you were not born, you are born in all things, in all apparitions angels and demons, heaven and hell, good and evil. As a screen that does not change, because what changes on the screen is images; as a screen that does not get wet when water appears on it; like fire that does not burn.

So, all that we have seen, that is being seen, that will be seen remains as Darshan: the sight of God! God seeing Himself beyond all duality, beyond all separateness, and all illusion; beyond knowing and not knowing, ignorance and knowledge; beyond all images, objects and shapes; beyond this mortal body, beyond these thoughts that come and go; beyond these words being placed here and now.

Beyond all this, there remains this "Thing" without name, which is the Nature of God, which is You. There is only You, there is only Him, there is only That, which is This: the Look of God!

*Speech transcribed from an in-person meeting in Ramanashram Gualberto in the city of Campos do Jordao.

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September 22, 2016

Discover that and give yourself complete freedom!

Together once again... once again we are focused, with all our heart, for this moment. This is a time where we can enjoy this moment and turn ourselves to this investigation, which is the investigation of this Present Reality.

You are here tonight in this meeting to find out how you can give yourself that freedom, and that means to be opened to the freedom present, to That which is already present. You cannot build this "thing", but you can become Aware, because This is present. From the moment you realize the importance of remembering What you are, of That which is beyond the body, beyond the mind, you become ready ... ready to give yourself that Freedom.

This means letting life on its own game, on its own destiny, allowing everything appears as it is indeed. When you stop worrying about the interpretation that thought can have about things, at this moment you are free. When the thought comes in and gives a color, interpretation, an assessment, judgment, once again you were captured by the illusion of choices, this illusion to be sure of how things should be and how they should happen. So, let this game with its own destiny and do not get involved with it. This means do not get involved and allow everything to happen because you cannot change it. The nature of the mind is to want getting involved in this mysterious, inexplicable movement and also wonderful that is life. There is no truth on that, there is no wisdom in it. When there is no truth, the illusion reigns, and with the illusion, suffering.

So the issue here is this - discover It. In this way, you will give yourself that complete freedom. Give it to yourself! In silence that is possible. Silence here means "remain unidentified" - the answer to this moment with no fixed idea of how things should be - and this is something very challenging for the ego. The nature of the mind is disquietude. Remember that every thought, every feeling is just part of the game, of what is emerging, appearing at that time and that "I am the one who is conscious of these thoughts and feelings." This "I am that" means "Consciousness", while thoughts and feelings are part of the game. You are that Consciousness! You are the Presence! You are not the body and you are not the mind.

When you lose this identification with the body and the mind, you remain in the spontaneous movement, and you realize that this game is going on, without the need of this "someone" in control and this illusion that thought is what controls and that this is not real. It does not seem reasonable to hear it, but the mind is always searching for results, which it designs in an attempt to fill itself in these results. As much as it tries, however great its efforts, it is still in trouble, full of conflict, full of problems.

There is a higher Power that moves all things - and it is not the mind - which can pose and dispose in a very wise way, and that is what this Power has done. In this sense, you can maintain the illusion of being able to control the results, but, in fact, the results are already determined by this unique Power. So, it is wiser to enjoy it, not being identified with the illusion of an author, of "someone" who knows and can control what happens. Learning to accept this game means getting undressed from this egoic sense, this sense of separation.

This is what we have always spoken, which is what we are indicating, pointing to you. Thus, all decisions simply appear. It is strange to hear this, but they are already happening without you; all decisions appear, simply without you.

Any question? How does it sound to you? How does it sound to you, this invitation to your Natural State, without being confused with the "person" anymore? That is what I call to assume. It is to assume, and not disappear.

Let us finish here. Namaste! See you next meeting.

*Transcribed from an online meeting held in the evening of April 20th, 2016

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