April 22, 2017

All you need is to Awaken

This is a beautiful opportunity, a beautiful moment of investigation, which gives us the opportunity to go beyond the limitation that our beliefs are constantly placing us. Therefore, the word for us tonight is the word that gives us the opportunity of Awakening. Here Awakening is to go beyond these limitations, which are our beliefs, our concepts and judgments, our opinions, ideas and conclusions, basically what is happening there inside your head.

Now, while you listen to us, the mind has this conditioning, that old conditioning of listening to agree or disagree, to accept or reject, to internally the mind say: "I agree with it," or "I disagree, I do not think so." This is an example, among others, of this background, of this basis through which we hear someone or read something. That is, we have a conclusion or we already have a preconceived idea about something and we listen to with that background. So, the movement of the mind is this conditioning.

In these encounters I invite you to Awakening, which means to get out of that pattern, to go beyond the egoic mind, that same mind that compares, accepts, rejects, evaluates, concludes. Perhaps, when you first hear the word Awakening, you still cannot realize the implication of it. It is a word that we cannot perceive, at first, the implication and the meaning, not even intellectually, in an encounter like this. All you need is to Awaken, which means the end of all this conditioning, of all the way you come across, meet, with life. Awakening means something different from everything that the egoic mind knows.

For all of us the choice, the will, the control, is the basis of our life. I talk about this egoic life, which is the life charged with this sense of duality, where there is good and evil, right and wrong, liking and disliking, "I want" and "I do not want". So, every will, choice, and every control the mind knows, which the ego knows, is this state we call conditioning, sleeping state, unconsciousness... It is like the experience you have of the world. What is this world basically? The experience that you know about the world, in the world, is the experience of the sleeping state. Your experience of the world, as you know it in the mind, is the experience of sleep. What is the experience of someone who dreams? It is see yourself awake, but you are sleeping. You know it is just like that at night. When you sleep, you are "awake" and walk down the street, get in touch with people, travel, sell, buy, get married, etc. So is the dream, at night, where everything happens, when you have the feeling that it is not a dream, that you are awake.

Your experience of the world, sleeping, in the dream state, is similar to the experience you are having here, now, in this room, hearing this speech. You have the perfect certainty that what is happening there in the dream is with you fully awake. Only when you wake up in the morning you realize that it was a dream that it all happened while you were asleep. Notice what is happening to you right now: you can swear to me that you are awake. However, it is only when you get out of the dream that you realize that you were asleep. In India, they call Maya this magic, this divine trick, this divine joke. While you are dreaming, you are talking, eating, sleeping, walking, doing anything but sleeping. In the dream you do not sleep, you are fully awake, for the only thing impossible in the dream is to sleep, and you never dreamed that you were asleep. You always dream you are awake, is not it so? In that dream, at night, you are doing everything but sleeping, and you are quite sure that you are awake. But when the alarm goes off, and you actually wake up, you realize that all of that happened just inside your head, only in the mind.

You are having the same experience here, listening to this speech, only that at this moment I can tell you that "you are asleep." You will doubt me in the same way, as you would do in your dream. During the "dream," in "your dream," you marry, you have children, your children grow up, you get old; in "your dream" you face an accident, in danger of dying, but you are already old, and at that very moment you wake up. Then you say to yourself: it was a dream. In that dream you got married, had children, got old, were close to die and have just waked up; or you find out that you are still young and single, that all of that was a dream. You can remember this dream, but where is the reality of this world in which you got married, had children, got old and almost died in that accident? Where did this world go to? Where did your children, your wife, your family go to?

This is the reality of the egoic mind: it lives in its dream and has the full certainty, in its dream that it is not sleeping, as now, here. Let us suppose that you dream, that now all of you have a dream. In this dream you are climbing a mountain and I am on your side. Suddenly you slip and fall, but I am on your side and I say, "Relax. This is just a dream. "Of course, if I tell you this during this fall, you will not avoid fear; your fear will be there. You will look at me and say, "But I am falling." You will not believe me. I will repeat it and say to you: "but it is just a dream". You are "sleeping," just "dreaming," but suddenly you are falling, falling, falling, and when you are about to hit the ground, you "wake up." You start laughing, because now you are sure it was just a dream, but you have to be awake to know that it was just a dream, because you did not know it before. There was fear before, the sensation of falling, and even if, in the dream, I could tell you it was "just a dream", you would not believe me.

The same thing is happening now, here. I am telling you that "your life" is just a "dream"; that all your despair, suffering, and all your problems are only part of that dream. All of this is just a dream, but look at you now, at this moment. I am telling you this, but you are there clinging to this disease, to the idea of ​​lack of money, of being poor. You are clinging to concepts such as good and evil, happiness and unhappiness, but they are all concepts, beliefs, ideas that are just inside your head, because all of that is part of your "dream." You are clinging to this "person." I will repeat: you are clinging to this "person". This "person" is just your dream. You are not this dream, you are not this person, you are not this illness or that health, this wealth or that poverty; you are not a bad person, you are not a good person. That is, you are definitely not a "person" because this "person" is only in your "dream". This "person" is also married, it is already at a certain age, or it is single, or it is engaged...

Is that clear?

You are now here, on the Paltalk room, listening to a Guru. You are the disciple or suitor to the disciple, but this is also just a dream, an idea, a belief, a concept. You do not doubt the person you believe to be, that is, you do not doubt this "dream". I am also on your side, as I was there in that dream of the fall, saying to you: "Relax, this is just a dream ". “You are not falling. You are not going to die". Do you remember the dream, when you were about to hit the ground, you woke up and started laughing? It is like here, now. I am saying to you, "You are Sat-Chit-Ananda, Being-Consciousness-Bliss. You are what God said You Are and He said that You are Him. You are not what your mind says you are, for what it says is what that 'dream' seems to be to that 'person' that you believe to be."

Then, do not get attached to your "person" or to other persons, because these are also part of the "dream" of this "person" that you believe to be. They are going to disappear from this dream, along with this "person", who you believe to be and who is also going to disappear from this dream. When the "dream" ends, the persons of the dream end, too. Do not cling to places, because these places are also in that dream. Do not cling to things. Do not forget that this is just a "dream". You have forgotten this, as a matter of fact, nobody has reminded you anything about it, because everyone around you is in the same "dream", giving "reality" to the unreal, believing in the same world of dream where you are. If you believe that this world is real, they also believe that this world is real. If you believe you are suffering, they also believe they are suffering. If you do not get out of this "dream," it continues.

On these days, someone asked me what happens after death. What happens during life is the illusion of life. What happens during death is the illusion of a postmortem life. If you are in this illusion that you are alive, because you are in a "dream of life," this illusion is always illusion. So, the illusion of having a body or the illusion of not having a body, the illusion of being alive or the illusion of being dead is the same illusion - the illusion of a "dream." Every night you die to this world and wake up, awake, to the other world, which is the dream world. This dream world is considered real while the dream is happening, and this world here is forgotten. Notice that you never remember this world here, while dreaming, is not it? You never remember your family from this side, when you have a family in your dream at night. So, what is your real family? Is this from here or the one you have while dreaming at night? While you dream at night, you have no idea of ​​this life and that family this side. So, what is your real life, the life from this side or the life on the other side?

What I mean is that there is nothing like "life here" or "life there", "life on this side" or "life on the other side." Everything that exists is a "dream" and it is in this "dream" that you are born and die. So you ask what happens? First you have to answer me who you are and if you are alive. If you can answer me this question, I can tell you about the "after this life." But first, answer me if you are alive or if you are dead. For I say you are dreaming and in this "dream" you are going to "die." First, you need to know what your "life" is now, here; you need to know if you are alive, now, here. Then, do not worry, because it is just a "dream" like someone falling on a cliff. I am by your side and I say, "Relax, it is just a dream and you are not going to die." Then, understand yourself, realize your own Self, acknowledge what you are now, what life is now. If you know what it is now, every problem ends, including this life and death issue. First, find out if you are alive or if you are "sleeping" thinking that you are alive.

The point is that the "person" wants to know if it can die; but that person is just a "dream"; that is, it is a dream worried about the end of this dream. The "person," which is the dream is concerned with the end of this dream. If you are really worried about the end of this dream, wake up! Wake up now! You only have this moment, which is now, to wake up. If you wake up now, you find out you were never born, that this is just a "dream" and therefore, that you are not going to die, because that is also just a "dream". To be born and dead, just like being dead or alive are just concepts. Here we are not interested in dreams. In some religions, they are worried about "dreams," such as the "dream on this side" or the one "on the other side," but if they are "dreams," they do not interest us. The ego is concerned to survive on a "new dream" after this "old dream." But this new "dream" is just a repetition of the old. Then, if everything is still the same, if the "dream" continues, it does not matter whether in this life or the afterlife, these lives are only a "dream."

So, what does this matter if you do not know who you really are? If you do not know who you really are, it does not matter if "on this side" or "on the other side", on this so-called life, or on this so-called postmortem. If something continues, it is only a repetition of what is here, the continuity of the "dream." Religions are interested in this. Some of them talk about living in heaven, in paradise, in spiritual colonies, in higher worlds, and so on. But it is the same dream, the same illusion, where there is the sense of an "I" present with its experiences, inside the sense of separateness, of separation, living in a private world full of people, of things and places, full of experiences and of the desire to enjoy these experiences. There it is this emptiness, this sadness, this pain, this suffering, but all of this is in the "dream", in the illusion. In this present self with its choices, wills and control is the ego, the "sense of someone", the illusion of separateness.

Therefore, I would say to you that the primary main thing is to Awaken; it is to go beyond this "dream", for beyond it, it is this Freedom, which is Happiness, Love, Peace, Wisdom... which is God's Consciousness. This is the end of the "dream", in this world or in any other world, on this so-called, life or after death. All this ends, finishes, here and now, in your Reality, in your Being, in your True, Essential Nature!

* Speech transcribed from an online meeting via Paltalk at night, on October 19th, 2016 - Virtual meetings every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10:00 p.m.

April 19, 2017

When the sexual matter occupies the place of this totality

Having sex is a pleasure like any other one. It assumes a very great value when, for this one or that one, this pleasure becomes a true pressure valve, taking the place of this affective totality. And here, the affective totality is something that only Love brings.

The ego has transformed every form of pleasure into a form of fulfillment to take the place of something else. Some ones are more fixated on eating, others are more fixated on other kinds of things such as: working, studying or having sex. This is because, in the ego, there is no such a thing of being entire, complete, of being total. 

The sexual matter is a very subtle energy. This energy has a totally different quality, it has the quality of creation, the quality of the manifestation of the continuity of the species, of the life of planet, but this ends up at ego’s beck and call, when it is only seen as a source of pleasure in order to occupy the place of that total affectivity, of that totality of Being.

So, in that sense, as  a fixation it is a pretty stupid thing, it is something at mind’s service, it is something at “this I’s” service, it is a beautiful prison. You need to love and this “to love” is only possible when there is Love, but in this Love there is no "you" falling in love. So, this loving is to keep in touch with life without having any form of fixation and that is Freedom.

The egoic mind is always producing this search for fulfillment: in work, in food, in having sex, or in laziness, which is still part of that ego, part of this lack of being total. This “being total” is Love, it is the only way to love. When this is not present, the mind replaces it with the pursuit of pleasure, sleep, laziness, eating, having sex, anything that it knows.

The fact is that if you continue like this for the rest of your days, you will never know Love, you will never know Freedom, Happiness. Because this always refers to the body, these fixations are always taking the mind to the body, always confirming the illusion that you are an entity to experience - experiencing laziness, work, food, having sex...

You may have known old people who spent their entire lives in these fixations and so they kept on, even at that age. Their minds revolved around these things. It means being located in time and space as an entity present in the body, and you in the body, as a person, are in a prison

You do not need to attend classes about sexuality. In essence, this is the desire of mind in search of new sensation, of new experiences of pleasure. In fact, the mind seeks this because it is in search of food, nutrition, new sensation, new experiences, and this only and even more strengthens the experimenter.

You do not need to attend class about sexual matter; you need to find out that you are not the body. Then, sexuality takes the place that it has to assume, the “eating” takes the place that it has to assume, the work takes the place that it has to assume and the moment of rest or laziness also assumes the place that it has to assume .

The mind has invented all this sort of things because it is very attractive. Mind loves the pursuit of pleasure. This is very exciting for the egoic mind. Do you know why the mind really likes it? Because it places you in time and space as an entity present in the body. The mind will always say, without saying anything: "I am here, I am the body". The mind will always say that you are there, that you are the body. It needs to say this because its life consists in being someone experiencing the sensation, the perceptions, the feelings, the pleasure. The other side of this is pain, fear. The fear of death is on the top of that. The more sexual you are, more fear of death you have.

Being sexual is being the body ... "I am the body". When you are full in your Being, in your Real Nature, you are in “being sexual”, you are in orgasm, you are in Completeness, In Presence... You are in everything, with everything, and you are free of everything, because you are not the body.

* Transcribed from the excerpt from a  talk that occurred at a meeting in the city of Fortaleza on August 2016
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April 12, 2017

How is the Natural State?

Consciousness is not in the time, mind is in the time. Time is synonymous with mind, and time, which is synonymous with mind, is thoughts. Consciousness is your Natural State; In India, they call it Liberation, Moksha, which is the resplendent, self-refulgent state of Consciousness. It is like when you look at the sky, you see clouds and you see the moon between the clouds... It is still dawn and the sun is beginning to rise, to shine on the horizon, but the moon is there and the clouds too, sun begins to shine and spread itself throughout the Earth. The sun is rising, and the moon, which was so bright, begins to turn pale... it goes on paling, paling... So you look and say: Where is it? The brightness of the sun is so great that the moon disappears, but it is there and no longer makes any difference.

The Natural State is something like this: the mind is present; all functions of the mind, natural functions, such as feel, think, get thrilled, ratiocinate, deduce, conclude, speak. In the Natural State the mind is present, all these mental functions are present, but, as the "Sun" is shining, it no longer matters. The Sun is the Consciousness and the mind "is the moon". Once established in this Consciousness, once the "Sun" is already in full noon, the moon does its work without taking away the brightness of the Sun. Then the mind operates in its natural functions, but it does not take the place of Consciousness. The Natural State is like this.

In the unnatural state, which is the state of the ordinary man, "the moon is taking the place of the Sun", it is trying to "do the work of the Sun". Then, when the moon tries to do this, it blends its natural functions, which are to ratiocinate, to conclude, to deduce, to explain, to know, to experience, it takes that and creates the illusion of an experimenter controlling those functions. Thus, the mind begins to take control of what is not its, it tries to assume the place of Consciousness... The moon tries to steal the sun brightness, for it does not become contented only in reflecting the brightness of the Sun; it wants to steal the total brightness of the sun; it wants to be a sun apart - That is the sense of separateness.

That is what the scriptures call the fall of Satan, of Devil. In the Bible, in the book of Isaiah there are words like this: "I will ascend the highest cloud and become like the Most High." It is all a figurative language, of that sense of an identity in control, real, a true identity, lady of everything, and that produces the illusion of space and time for this supposed present entity. Then, this mind that has its natural functions, to think, feel, deduce, conclude, because of this illusion of separateness it creates the sense of an "I" in the body / mind / world experience, thus arising the illusion of the ego.

The mind itself is not evil, since think, feel, conclude, deduce, learn, remember, forget, all of this is quite natural, but at the service of a supposed "entity" present in this, at the service of a separate “I”, complicates everything. That is where Satan comes (Satan in Hebrew, devil or diabolus in Greek). The notion of time and space arises for this identity, not for the mind, but we call this supposed "entity", egoic mind. Putting it in a didactic way, we would call it egoic mind, but the mind itself is only the moon in a sky, where the king is the Sun... The moon only reflects the brightness of the Sun without problem.

That is why on the speeches you see me using the expression "mind," sometimes I am talking about this "egoic mind," and sometimes I am talking only about "mind," not "egoic mind." You can observe, on the speeches, that I make an interchange between the mind and the egoic mind. Sometimes I am saying "mind" dealing with the egoic mind; other times, I am saying "mind" and I am only dealing with the natural functions of the mind. Does not the body have natural functions?! The mind also has natural functions. What we call mind, in this machine [body], is that which operates in an inseparable unity of the body itself; then, in fact, we say "mind", but body is mind and mind is body. We refer only to the more subtle non-physical functions of the machine, such as feel, perceive, the movement of thought, reason, and so on.

Now is space for the timeless, which is the Sun in its effulgence, in its glory. Once established as Consciousness, once this Consciousness has settled in this mechanism, organism, the mind assumes its natural functions. The result of this is: the Now, which is not the now of time, present moment, is only the timeless Now, which is Consciousness, which takes its place. So the past or the future is irrelevant. Since this supposedly illusive "entity" is no longer present, it is possible to remember the past, as you remember a movie, without those old sensations of the moment you watched the movie. Notice that the moment you are watching a movie, you go through various sensations, feelings, and the images and sounds cause impressions. But then, when you remember the movie, you laugh, because it is "a movie" that does not make any impact to you anymore, because it is not a movie, it is just an unimportant memory.

So, the past is this unimportant recollection, which, actually, is happening now only as part of imagination too, because there is nothing, in fact, happening... Not now. When That is resolved, it is seen this way. When That is not resolved and the film returns, which is the past, it still comes back with a load, all that load of imaginary impressions that are felt now, here. Then, the traumas are like this, but not only the traumas; any and all egoic recall works in the same way. It is only imagination appearing at this moment and taking an impression of reality, because it finds a reverberation in this illusion of an "entity" present, still, carrying this past, which is only memory, imagination.

The ego is this: the illusion of an "entity" present, now, which feeling a trauma, guilt, remorse, repentance, is this illusion. Depression is this. Anxiety is this; only that, it only plays with an imaginative memory of a future, the imagination of an imaginary future. So, it is the same process: always the illusion of an identity now, here, feeling. There is nothing here to feel this, nothing, absolutely nothing, only the illusion that "you are real inside the body," and that this imagination is yours, of that "someone" you believe to be.

The Natural State is the consciousness of that instant, but it is a Real Consciousness, it is not the vision of the present moment, it is not the present moment, it is the Consciousness of that instant. In it the memory of the past, the imagination of a future may appear, but this is only an event at this moment, as a thought without any validation, without any truth. Then, it does not change in anything What it is. This rarely happens, but if a memory happens, an imagination, it does not matter. This is like hay on intense fire: it comes and, while you are watching it falling, it has gone. The mind of the Sage works like this: when thought appears, it is already consumed in that Consciousness; then, time does not establish itself, the past or the future. Consciousness is this Presence now.

* Transcribed from a speech that occurred at Ramanashram Gualberto on September 2016, in the city of Campos do Jordão