December 22, 2016

Where there is dependency, there will be suffering

Where there is any form of dependency, there will be suffering. Whatever present as a form of dependency (I’m talking about this psychological dependency, internal, that which the thought produces), there will be suffering. What or who do you depend on? What, exactly, if it were taken from you, would make you suffer? What exactly? What would give you pain (emotional pain, internal pain, psychological pain, pain in the “I”)? 

Participant: For me, it is my job, Master. 

Master: If your job is so important like that, it is because you have the valorization of the "person" you believe to be on it. The valorization of the "I" is in this. That which you depend on, by which you would feel pain if it were taken away from you, if you would not have it, it is what fills you in as "someone". We have many forms of dependency, which happen, appear at various levels of our existence. But, these various forms of dependency are just one: the self-importance dependency; it is something or someone who valorizes this self-importance. So, no matter the level of addiction, it is in it that you are "someone". You do not have Freedom while you keep this programming. Your Freedom is present when you are not, and you are not when this programming is no longer present. Only then, one can talk about Freedom. 

 The "I" is a relation with people, things, places, images. Things, people, places, and images always produce this self-importance to this "me," this "I," which arises and sustains itself in this relation. This is basically fear!

That is suffering! You need to take on your Essential Nature, your Real Nature. In your Real Nature, you are unconditionally free ... Free from things, people, places and images.

Notice that your mind (when I say "your mind," I am referring to the egoic mind, so I am not talking about something private, although it is, particularly, something very close to that "person" there, who you believe to be) is, basically thoughts. Your day is filled with thoughts, which are things, people, places and images.

We go to the core here, to the heart of Freedom! It is about Freedom this talk today ... The core, the heart of Freedom is the absence of this supposed necessity of thinking, of thoughts "populating" your head.

There is a little story: There was a street where the streetwalkers, the prostitutes have worked. One day, on that street, a holy man appeared a holiness preacher... He stopped in front of one of those houses and began to speak, loudly, in his preaching: "Repent, you sinners!" In his speech he was clearly showing all the sin in the world, including the sin of those girls who worked in those houses. The story tells that one of them, every time that the man came to the street in the morning and began to preach, opened the window, looked at him and began to cry. In her heart, she said to God, "Oh, God, forgive my sins, forgive my actions, all that this man is saying is the truth ... I am a sinner, you know me!" She still said, "I am not like that holy man who is there, without sin!"

The story goes that this woman, every day, opened her window, listened to that preacher and, in her heart, she remained totally turned to God. The years passed, the preacher got old that woman also got old and both died; they arrived in the sky with the difference of a few minutes.

St. Peter received them and said to the woman, "Give me a hug, my daughter!" After embracing her, he said, "Come in!" When he raised his left hand, the gates of heaven opened and she entered the sky, to her own amazement. The holy man, the preacher, who had just arrived, saw that scene and hurriedly tried to enter the gates too. St. Peter said, "Stop! Where are you going to?" He replied, "I am entering heaven and ... (he still was going to quarrel with St. Peter) why is this lady going in there, too? How does the Lord explain such a thing to me?" The man was going to quarrel with St. Peter...

Ego is just like that... He still wants to quarrel with God and show his rights. St. Peter said, "My son, the question is this: I have been watching you all these years. I saw how arrogant you were by pointing out everyone's sin and asking them to repent, while you have never regretted of your arrogance of seeing sin in everyone other. Your place is not this, it is that there". Then he raised his right hand, the door of hell opened (the crowd was already there waiting for the man), and he continued: "This woman, unlike you, during all her life, in her heart, was deeply turned to the Truth". Saint Peter further said, "God does not judge acts. God has a great interest in observing the heart." This is how the story ends.

You, in your Real Nature, in your True Nature, are not the mind, not the body, you cannot remain that way, confused with what fills you, in this illusion of "being someone." The core, the heart of Freedom, is not to be confused with what most populates your day, with thoughts about the importance of people, things, places and images. You should work this out right now. You must work it! To work this surrender, your Freedom... The Freedom of your Essential Nature, your Self, this Consciousness of Truth. You must work it! You must work the non-identification with that which fills you as being "someone" (like that preacher, who filled himself with the idea of being holier than others, of deserving heaven). Christ, in his words, said: "Where your treasure is, there will your heart be. Do not accumulate on earth!" 

Look at the ego! It searches for  satisfaction by accumulating affective realizations, assets and properties, professional achievements, family and relationships. The ego is always busy, because it is always accompanied by something, and this is its completeness, its realization. 

The core of Freedom is the Void! This is against everything that the ego wants. The ego does not want the Void... The ego wants the fullness, which is the filling that things, people, spaces and places give you; that images, imaginations, give you too. The core of Freedom, the Heart, the Liberation, is you in your Natural State, which is the absence of every form of filling. This is the end of the illusion of this supposed necessity of thinking.
The nature of Freedom is Emptiness, Silence, Consciousness, Meditation. So keep your mind off this idea of "your mind"; remain Silent, without producing images! These images are the ones producing all these conflicts within you.

*Transcribed from a speech in a face-to-face meeting in João Pessoa on July 2016

December 14, 2016

The Guru is this Consciousness

PARTICIPANT: "What should be the relationship with the inner and outer Guru?"

MASTER GUALBERTO: Here, the issue is that there is a large difficulty, for many, to accept the answer we have for it. Everybody says on this internal Guru, but in fact, this inner Guru is just another belief. This inner Guru is only real when it awakens and there is all the difficulty. The difficulty is to accept that this is only possible through a contact with the external Satguru.

It is the external Guru who awakens this inner Guru. Without the external Guru, the internal one is only a belief, like any other belief. What I am saying is that everyone needs an external Guru, which, in reality, is the same internal Guru. But this internal Guru awakens only because of this external Guru, even if the external Guru does not take a human form, as with Ramana himself, but this is a rare case ... these cases are quite rare. For Ramana, the Arunachala mountain was his Guru.

Here, all difficulty is that, when we deal this issue, we can put it from the Guru's point of view or the disciple's point of view. From disciple's point of view, there is the external and internal; from Guru's point of view, there is only the Satguru. So, internal or external no longer appear. It is very interesting this matter, because, from the desire that the mind has to dispense any authority, it sees, also, the figure of the Guru as the authority figure over it. The nature of the egoic mind is this arrogance nature. It takes the illusion of being able to control, to be able to solve alone. The ego believes it can solve alone, the mind believes it can solve this issue alone. But mind is basically unconsciousness, basically sleep; it has nothing, absolutely nothing to do with the Guru, internal or external. The Guru is this Consciousness, this external Presence. By his Grace, that Consciousness, that inner Guru awakes. Then, the Guru will always be necessary. The only need is exactly this Guru, this Consciousness, this Presence. The work is unique, it is one only job.

There is no separation between the outer Guru and the inner Guru, but, from the point of view of those who believe in that, the Guru's external Presence is something essential, because you cannot go beyond mind in your own mind. The mind cannot investigate the mind itself. The outer Guru is that Consciousness, this Presence in the form, and it is only the awakened Consciousness. So, in this relation, that Consciousness, which is the Guru in the form, awakens this Consciousness of the disciple ... this same Consciousness in the disciple. Thus, the work starts and then it can be spoken of a internal Guru. Before that is a belief, only a belief, and all belief is something in the mind, it is part of the mind; part of unconsciousness, it is part of sleep - they are just words, just imaginations ... Words, which are thoughts, imaginations.

It is like the reality of God, that in the mind is just a concept, a thought, a belief and, therefore, one more imagination. God is real in your Being! God is real as Consciousness, not as a belief; as belief it is just imagination. And so it is regarding to the Guru, who is this Consciousness, which is God. The Guru is real only when a work is happening. When a work is happening the inner Guru is real. Otherwise, it's like a belief in God, which is just one more belief and a belief does not work.

Do you follow it? Satsang means being in good company, which is the company of that Consciousness, which is the company of Grace, which is the Guru’s company. If you, who are in this chat room at the Paltalk, could solve this alone, you would have been resolved; It is not how it works. If this "alone" meant Consciousness, you would not need to be in this room, because the thing would already be resolved; this question of the end of separativity, the end of the sense of self, of the ego, the me, plus all suffering, conflict and all misery linked to it, would have already been resolved.

The mind can believe in its ability to achieve It, but it's just a belief, too, another imagination. This action of awakening, the Self-realization, is an act of Grace. As an action of Grace, is an act of Consciousness. Therefore, it is an action of God, a Guru's action. In India this is very clear - it is the Guru who gives you this Awakening. Today, there is a neo-Advaita message going out there, that says you do not need a Guru, that you are already the Guru. However, you see that all those who has performed This, in a direct way, real, and then shared this real vision of Truth, that someone would call him Advaita, they are always talking about the importance of the Guru, praying to the Guru, making chants for the Guru, bathing on this Guru's Grace, making poems for the Guru, as with Ramana, as with Nisargadatta and many others.

Any questions about this, yet? Does anyone have any more questions about it? I would like to ask to you, then: For those who are in touch with the Guru in person, what does it represent? How do you feel it? Some here have never been in a personal meeting. What means to be in this work?

In the mind, we have difficulty in accepting something as simple: that there is only One, and that One is that one Consciousness, Presence. It doesn’t matter if It is in the form of Marcos Gualberto, Ramana Maharshi or Buddha…he surrender to this Presence is what happens when we surrender to the Guru, when there is this surrender of the "I" to the Guru, of this "me" to the Guru. Surrender is the abandonment of this illusion of separation, of this mind that judges, compares, evaluates, and that is full of concepts and prejudices, fears and desires - that's what we hand over, surrender, what we let go before this unique Presence. There is only this one Presence, which is You in your Real Nature! There is only You! It's always that! There is only You in your Being, in this room! There are no people in this room.

The mind, the body and the world appear in this Consciousness, which is You in your Being. These are all objects, whereas this Consciousness is the Reality experiencing all this, which is the subject of all these objects; It is experiencing all this. This Consciousness is the Guru. In this Consciousness experiencing all this, one single Consciousness, there is only this Consciousness.

When you say "the person" or "I", this is only an illusion in which we believe; this belief is this illusion of a "person", the "I". It is all in this imagination. The only reality is that Consciousness. This "I" and that "me" are just beliefs, thoughts, objects to this Consciousness that experiences it. This Consciousness is what remains alone, without any object; It is on It that the objects appear. This "me", "person" is also only an object, a thought, an imagination.

Let’s end up here!? Thanks for the meeting. Namaste!

*Transcribed from a speech of an online meeting on the evening of April 27, 2016.  
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December 6, 2016

The Joy of freedom, peace, silence and beatitude

The egoic mind will never give up its movement. It is necessary that a new element take place there. This new element is a greater joy than this pleasure. The difference between pleasure and joy is that pleasure makes a fuss, whereas the joy, we are talking about, is not this euphoric happiness, which is still from the "pleasurable" mind and the egoic mind. The element that makes possible for your heart to lean toward this silent joy is the element of the own Consciousness. Grace is this element of Consciousness.

While not touched by Grace, you don't have any condition to go beyond the egoic mind. It is possible that the mechanism of pain, conflict, suffering make this attainable when your heart, already driven by Grace, turns toward this Consciousness. So, Grace is the element that makes possible for you to abdicate, to give up the egoic mind in its pursuit for pleasure. This element, which is the Grace, is the element of Consciousness within consciousness.

The nature of the Self is to lean toward what brings greater happiness. The Self always inclines toward what brings  greater happiness, and this is what reminds This that This is - its Real Nature. The Self inclines to that, which resembles its Real Nature!! This silent joy, without bustle, natural, the joy of Freedom, Peace, Silence and Beatitude is what reminds the Self of what It is: Happiness.

Since the ego is very gross, the difficulty one has about inclining toward this joy is because this is not the pleasure the ego knows. Everything it knows is this roughness of pleasure - the gross pleasure of the senses. Eating gives pleasure, sleeping gives pleasure, sensory enjoyment gives pleasure, having sex gives pleasure, and all that the ego greatly appreciates is the gross pleasure of such satisfaction of this supposed separate entity.

The egoic mind’s attachment to it is very strong, it has been there for millennia, and the ego will not give up this, ever, because it is where it stands as "someone"; As being aware of itself, of being an entity, of being "someone", ego will not give up this.

While you have immaturity for That, there is no possibility, no chance. You are in Satsang because you already have the maturity to perceive the illusion of living in this duality - pleasure and pain, pleasure and pain - in this gross thing, which is the euphoric happiness that the ego knows within its achievements.

Due to this maturity, a call from Grace has happened, and that call placed you in Satsang. When you arrive in Satsang, you realize how much it makes sense; It does not make sense for the egoic mind, but it makes sense for your heart... How much that all makes sense! That silent and gracious joy, out of mind, out of pleasure and pain, out of this duality... How much that makes sense in this thing called Satsang! So, the Joy of Meditation, of self-inquiry takes place; the Joy of devotion takes place, of turning yourself to God, to the Truth, Happiness, Freedom and Love.

You are going beyond duality, beyond this gross thing, which is the constant pursuit of sensory pleasure. Taking a sea bath, a sunbathing, eating, all of these are physical, sensory pleasure. So, either pleasure or the pain becomes not so important, because the body begins to be not so important.

The body has too much importance, at unconsciousness, for this ego-identity and supposed idea: "I am the body". So, in such idea "I am the body", the body has importance, and when it is important, then to be on a beach is better than to be somewhere else, or some other place is better than to be on the beach, or to be with someone is better than to be with somebody else.

These differences begin to appear: it is better to be with so-and-so than with other, be in one place than in another... This is because the importance that the body gives to its fulfillment is very large, besides the importance that the ego gives for this body, in this illusion of "being the body", and for an specific fulfillment. So, the body is always in the search of sensations.

Sensation is the egoic life, whether it is sentimental, emotional or physiological, but in the Consciousness, in the Self, it does not matter, it is just another thing. This is like several dishes, different types of food on a table, and all of them have the same weight of importance for you; there is no special one. Thus, the sensory experiences, all of them, become important, but they do not take on this immeasurable importance that the ego used to give them - one thing to the detriment to another.

In reason of that, after much insistence, this continuity of ego in the pursuit of pleasure, carrying  this pleasure with an inbuilt pain (a pain that always accompanies this consistent thing of "pleasure and pain"... "pleasure and pain"... "pleasure and pain"...), it so remains until, by an action of Grace, of this Presence, you are touched by an entirely new element, which is this subtle and silent joy.

It is not a thing gross with this burden of pain on the other side - pleasure and pain. Touched by this joy, the heart leans, because this is the Self remembering its Real Nature. So, there is a possibility that a divine call be taking place for this realization of God.

* Speech transcribed from a face-to-face meeting in João Pessoa, Brazil. Online meetings every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10pm - download Paltalk and join us!