November 7, 2017

After all, what does being here mean?

The common notion is that you are present here as a "person", and as a "person", you carry your fears. Both the pursuit of pleasure and the escape from fear presuppose the "person" present. Basically, fear is the attempt to reject pain and desire is the attempt to find pleasure - this is always from the point of view of the "person". However, what is the point of view of the "person"? Illusion is the presence of the "person", but since there is no "person", there is no pleasure or pain, no desire or fear.

The thought transforms the experience of pain into a history. However, the pain is not in the past or in the future - you cannot take pain from the past or the future and bring it to that moment. So, notice this: as a "person", you are never experiencing the pain from the past. All you have now is only a memory, which is a history of pain; it is not pain. You can bring the history of pain and thereby build a "person" in this present moment with trauma, guilt, pain... but, that is only in thought. The pain of the past does not come at this moment, but the memory does, which, in fact, is only the thought imagining "someone" present here. The pain of the future does not come here either, but the thought produces the illusion of a present pain here based on an imagination.

The truth of Liberation is the realization that this is a great fraud, a great lie, a great delusion. There is no "person" at this moment. There is not a person there! There is no "person" to enjoy pleasure or to suffer pain, there is only the fantasy, the imagination, what thought creates for this "you" you believe to be... "Someone" desiring or “in fear of” - "desiring" means in the search for pleasure and "in fear of”, in that escape from pain.

Everything is imagination! Everything that is out of the reality of this present moment is taking place in the imagination. In the imagination, there is a present pain, but it is not the pain of the past; there is an apprehension about the future, but it is not the future.

Participant: Master, the difference between pain and suffering is that pain is something factual and suffering is the hihistory that thought creates about it, isn’t it?

Master Gualberto: Pain does not happen to "someone". It is for "someone" that the history of pain happens. Pain validates the presence of a supposed "someone" - "supposed" because he is not there, and this is basically suffering. The egoic mind is an imaginary patient seeking treatment, seeking healing. That is why you cannot realize this Liberation, because you do not exist to be released. Liberation is to know this, that there is no "one" for Liberation. This is Liberation!

You do not deal with the past or with the future; you only deal with the imagination, which is thought. Therefore, the pain is not in the future, it is not in the past; pleasure is not in the future, it is not in the past. The movement of the egoic mind is the movement of the past and the future - the present is the past and the future imagined as memory and desire, dream. And where are you? Where is the time if everything is thought? Is not that simple?

Therefore, your history is not to be told, it can only be imagined through memory, and your dreams, which are your desires, are only the imagination of a future that is not real, because you are not real, you will not be there!

So, here we have the answer. What is it like being here? The answer is another question: how can you be here?

Participant: I closed my eyes here, now, and I do not feel anything... It is nothingness! Totally nothingness!

Master Gualberto: But, you are in this "nothingness"! You are in time! You are transforming this into knowledge, which is time, which is memory. You are missing the very essence of the talk. The talk is for You, not for the mind; the talk is for your Essential Nature, which is out of time, out of mind, out of the known. But, what does the mind do? The mind is greedy! It wants to turn that into a knowledge in order to remember it later and, then, to seek and use it as something practical, as its thing.

The secret when one is before a Jnani, an Awakened, is not being. This is only possible when your attention is so deep, so clear, that there is no memory left, no residue, no scar, no mark of that expression, either visual or auditory. So, You are, because You are here when "you" are not. When "you" are there, the memory, the knowledge, the notes are... Here is the mind! When "you" are not - that is when You, in fact, are - there is no "someone", there is no "person". This is Meditation!

This is a subject that requires your attention, only that attention is without "you"; it is not part of you, it is not a busy memory, a busy intellect, a busy feeling ... It is You! Your look, your hearing, your feeling, the totality of your being in it! 

In your True Nature, Essential, Real, there is no pain, no pleasure. It is not in time! In time, it is the memory, the imagination. Memory is the past, and imagination is the future. There it is the "person", but, here, the "person" is never!

What is left? What remains? What is it before, during and after? That where the before, the during and the after appear; where the past, the present and the future appear.

This means that your history, which is only memory, which represents the pain being remembered or the pleasure being desired (past and future) is not real! The Real is where it appears, where it happens. The Real is that which remains, That which is, but it is not that which is in time, is That which is timeless. It is "staying without staying", "remaining without remaining". How it is beautiful to see that there is no "person"!

You have to take your notepad to bring the "person" back with all the information it has acquired, which is only in memory, recorded in an imaginary history of "someone" who has learned something, who has acquired something. Learning means taking it, acquiring it. You cannot learn it! It is not possible! The Truth is very alive, something imponderable, untouchable, unattainable!

Do you think I deal with you about the Truth? I deal about the end of the illusion! About the Truth itself, I do not deal, It flourishes! It is You as your Being, but it is not verbalized - it is not possible to be verbalized by words that the thought has constructed. The Truth, no! The end of this illusion, yes! I deal with you about the end of this illusion, the end of the known. The known is the illusion, it is what shapes the time as memory, as imagination, and your life is only memory, imagination and knowledge. This, so-called "your life" is like this: a personal life. But, there is no "person"! So, your life is an illusion!

There is no "someone" here! "You" are not sat there – there is the “sitting down”, but not "you"! It is when "you" are not there that the Now is, and in the Now, there is only Beatitude, Love, Silence, Peace, Freedom, Happiness, because there is no desire. Happiness is the absence of desire, the absence of fear, the absence of pleasure and pain.

*Originally published in Portuguese in July 14, 2017 
**Speech transcribed from a face-to-face meeting on August, 2016
 in the city of Cabedelo, state of Paraiba, Brazil. 

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