October 20, 2017

The seeker is blind

We have something to investigate very paradoxical in this meeting. I have observed that when people come to Satsang, their intention is to get rid of suffering, which may seem quite natural at first. When they arrive at this meeting, they hear that the cause of suffering is the illusion of a present entity. Then, when they discover that the cause of suffering is the illusion of a present entity, this so-called "I", the ego, they put into their heads that now it is necessary to get rid of this "I," this ego. That is what I have observed. It seems reasonable that you now seek this liberation. So, you want to free yourself from the ego since it is the cause of suffering.

And here we face a very delicate subject: you cannot free yourself from the ego! You want to free yourself from the ego because you are suffering, but this suffering is the ego itself, and now it wishes to get rid of itself. That is why the subject of Liberation, or Realization, or Enlightenment is a very delicate subject.

Usually, the person approaches this in a personal way, and then, the person wants to get rid of the "person", the ego wants to get rid of the ego with the dualistic mind, with the sense of the present duality. The point here is: all this movement only strengthens the sense of a present entity. This is not the answer, this is not the path. That is why you can spend your whole life listening to speeches, gathering information about It, and also having experiences because of some meditation practice. However, in the end, this does not result in anything, because the mind is never going to get rid of the mind; the ego is never going get rid of the ego.

All this movement is from the illusion, by the illusion, in favor of the illusion. This movement is the search, a great trap that the egoic mind has created. It disguises itself and falls into its own trap, pretending it wants to escape from the trap. It seems it wants to break free, but its movement is a movement against it. Thus, the movement of the search only strengthens the seeker.

We are living a moment particularly in Brazil where there are many seekers, but they are blind seekers. The blind seeker is the one who walks in the dark. When a blind man walks, he bumps into many objects if he does not have a guide; if there are holes, he can easily fall into them. The search is something like this: a walk in the dark, a road full of holes and no light on it. This is the movement of the "I", of the ego, in the search.

Therefore, being a seeker means nothing. The seeker is a blind man! The point is that everyone loves this search thing, getting entertained with it - reading books, watching videos, etc., these are just entertainments. This is like to be blind and walk in the dark, on a road full of holes. You do not need the search! You need this self-inquiry, self-observation. So, it is not about looking for It in speeches, videos, books or jumping from guru to guru, which is also entertainment. In this way, you are looking for distractions. The work is completely different. The work is in the surrender, in the surrender of the “I” through this self-investigation, which is this self-observation, in a real devotion to God, to the Truth, which is the Real surrender to the Guru. So, the Guru outside, at this moment and only then, is the same Guru inside you. Then, there is neither outside nor inside.

Thus, this self-investigation is the observation of this movement of the egoic mind occupied with its desires, predilections, choices, dissatisfaction, anger, fear, focused on the accomplishment of pleasures, on the pursuit of entertainments, amusements, anyhow, with this whole willingness to a worldly and undisciplined life. Observe that the egoic mind is with its whole energy turned towards the exteriority, in a complete inattention, interested in stupid things such as being engaged in movements of social and political reactivity...

This self-investigation is the work, and it is not a matter of seeking the end of the "I", feeding the "I" with what it desires, such as spirituality, knowledge, experiences and all this sort of things. Here, it is a matter of looking at this, at this impulse, this addicted movement of going outside, of seeking fulfillment and external accomplishments, of being identified with thoughts, with what is rubbish.

If you are serious about it, you will learn to look at that sense of "someone" present, this "me", that “I”, and all the stupidity that it desires, and you will give it up. No matter how much spiritual knowledge you have, if your mind is full of stupid thoughts, if you are constantly yielding to the caprices of the stupidity of this thought. If so, this is not your time yet.

All that I just have said to you is the very action of the Grace... It is paving the way. If your home is already clean and tidy, then you can already receive a guest just as a paved way can receive a plant able to flourish. This "house" can receive a guest, the visitation of Awakening, and that is the germination and flourishing of this Truth. So, you leave the search, abandon the sense of the "seeker" and look at yourself, at all this inner disorder, this mess, to put your “house” in order and pave the way. Then, the Truth, which is already present, can flourish. Talking about a present Truth without this self-investigation, this surrender, this rendition is a great illusion. This is being a blind seeker.

* Talk transcribed from a meeting via Paltalk on June 21st, 2017
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October 17, 2017

The world created by thought

The thought has created this world. Everything that your eyes are seeing here, in this room, has been created by the thought. This outfit you are wearing was designed by thought ... some things the thought produces, materializes, it gives a physical form, palpable; other things, it does not materialize in the physical form, palpable, but it materializes in the form of sensations, feelings, emotions and subjective experiences. This is your world: The world created by thought.

There is nothing external, which is not internal; there is nothing outside, which is not inside. What do I mean by that? That your world is mental; a particular mental world for the illusion of “someone” present in this experience called thought. Do you follow it up? Can you see? What are you feeling right now? Result of thoughts! The thought materializes and makes palpable, visible, the objects outside and it turns real the sensations inside. So what you feel is not reliable, because it is just a thought.

What are we doing in Satsang? We are affirming the Reality of Consciousness and It does not know the world. Do you believe that God knows the world? Some days ago, I was asked who has created this, if it were the mind or if it were God. I thought it a very interesting question. Mind is a word, God is a word, Consciousness is a word. Thought can imagine these three things as distinct things and separate things, but everything is what it produces. It is in the thought everything appears and disappears. But what is it prior to this? What is it prior to and that is during and after? What name can you give to that?

We are investigating the substance of apparitions, which is beyond duality, beyond the thought – which means that it is beyond feelings, emotions, sensations, body and mind. This is where all conflict, suffering and fear end, because the outside and the inside disappear.

The problems are not in the apparitions, they are not the people, they are not in the world, they are not out there, but they are in the illusion that is inside. So what is out there is inside there. There is nothing that needs to be changed that is no longer changing, but there is not anybody doing it. That is, there is nothing being done by somebody or by a new system, because everything is only happening in a natural way. The changes are happening, everything that has to happen is already happening, but it does not have a group, an organization or a movement doing it.
You have spent a lot of time identified with the mind, which means being indentified with thought, with the illusion of this inner side, seeing things that are only in the imaginary of the thought. Being identified means bringing a subjective meaning to the experience. If I believe to understand the meaning of this experience, it is because of this subjectivity – To be identified with this “someone” who knows what is happening outside, which in fact, is only a projection of what the thought is imagining inside.

Another aspect of this identification with thought is sadness. If you have already had a moment of sadness in your life, at that moment you were immersed in a subjectivity of conclusion about an event, which produced this state that you called sad; that is to be identified. There is no sadness in the Natural State. You will never find a sad Sage, because sadness requires a lot of imagination, subjectivity and identification.

Depression, for example, is an acute case of sadness. When sadness comes to a gravest, scathing and strong point, you call it depression. It is an acute case of sadness, that is, of extreme imagination, for a supposed entity present in the experience of this pain of disappointment, of the frustration, of the abandonment, of stress, for which it cannot find the exit. Do you understand now what it means to be indentified? It is to be stuck to this experience as an entity present, so fixed, glued, glued to it, that you become one with this pain, which is purely subjective, psychological; which is purely egoic. So, you become unique, very special.

Why do not I feel sorry for the depressed, the anxious one? Because I cannot do anything by keeping consensus with the illusion ... It is the pure illusion of someone very important, very special, who can be in such an absolute sorrow, that the whole world has to work and he does not; the whole world has to take care of things from day to day and he can retire in the dark room and cry, asking others for medicine and help. The sense of importance is so great that he has to catch the eye of the world saying: "I am an emperor, a king, in my pain, and I do not have to work, take care of life, pay the bills... I do not need to do anything! It is enough to be lying down here and the world will meet all my requests. Everyone will look at me; they will consider me and recognize that this case here is a lost case. I deserve the whole attention of the world!”

You do this on several scales. Here I am pointing to the extreme scale of depression: In the dark room (light off, window closed), with an enormous amount of medicines at your side and a lot of people worried about trying to rescue you from the world, which is a fantasy.

 *Originally published on the official Portuguese blog on April 19, 2017
**Excerpt from a speech that took place during the carnival retreat on February 2017, 
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October 4, 2017

The only thing that really matters is to find yourself

The only thing that really matters to you is to find yourself. Deep down, everything you do, or have done, or intends to do is to meet yourself.

Everything you have done in life is to find Happiness, but This is not something resulted of an external fulfillment. That means you are in the pursuit of yourself, but you do not know. The path that culture, society, the world has given to you was this movement towards outside. It is necessary to turn into yourself, to leave the street and to go back home. The mind only knows exteriority, it only knows the outside. While the mind only knows the outside, something in you only knows the inside.

There is something in you that is the basis of all external apparitions, which sustains all these outward appearances, but It does not confused Itself with them. There is something in you deeply rooted in this interiority. This something in you is this inner Presence, which does not despise the outside, but It does not get lost in it. It is the Core, the indescribable Space of pure Presence ... It is the "Heart"!

Mind means exteriority and misery; Heart represents Presence, Consciousness and Happiness. All your real wealth is inside home, not on the street. The only real thing present, here and now, is this Presence beyond mind and body. This can not be touched by death, and It has not been touched by birth either.

By going outside, leaving home, you have confused yourself with the body, with the mind and with the projects of an external accomplishment, and as a person, as a separate entity, you have become impoverished, confusing yourself with the experience "body-mind-world." You are living in poverty.

In this illusion that you have been born, you carry this illusion of falling ill, getting old and dying. You carry the illusion "I am the body," "I am in the world," and this is not true. This is the illusion of being on the outside, away from home, of being "someone" in the world, of being on the street.

When you come to me, when you listen to my words, or look into my eyes, in that instant, I talk to that interiority, this richness of your Real Nature. In that sense, there is no one talking, there is no one listening. It is Richness meeting Itself, the Heart meeting Itself, Interiority meeting Itself. It is God with Himself! You are God, but you see yourself as a person, outside of your True Nature. Outside of your Essential Nature, you see yourself on the street, you see yourself thrown onto the street, looking for something outside, looking for wealth that is not there.

You want to be healthier, to have more money, more stuff... Everyone wants to win the lottery! You want more power, you want to do something for the world, for others, you want to help humanity, you want to save the planet, you want to leave your name in history, you want to be remembered, recognized, important, famous... On the street, you always want something . On the outside, you always look for more, and this is always more of the same, more of the same things that everyone seeks, more, more, more ...

Happiness is not having more, it is not more power, it is not doing more, it is not gaining more. Happiness is only Happiness, and in it, there is no "you" and there is no “more.” Happiness is the absence of this "you,” of this illusion of being on the outside looking for something. Whoever is “something” has something to lose. Whoever is not “something” has nothing to have and therefore has nothing to lose.

So, my invitation to you is: leave the street, go back home. People are dying, but when people die, they are not coming home, they are only continuing their personal histories, personal dreams, the dreams of this illusory entity - the street remains. It is necessary to die, but to die truly. Truth means coming home, letting go of this illusion of being "someone" sustained, attached, holding, or looking for things. When you die like that, you only die once. That means dying to the past, dying to the future, dying to things, people and geographical places; Leave the time.

*Originally published in Portuguese on May 10, 2017
** Excerpt from a talk transcribed from an online meeting on the night of April, 26, 2017.
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September 29, 2017

How the sages live in the world

Welcome to Satsang. When we are together, it is always a beautiful opportunity to look at this experience of life.

It is important to know that you are not before a teacher at this meeting. Here, there is no teaching. I have nothing to teach you. What we have in these meetings is a moment of investigation, which also accompanies this Silence.

So, we have this instant, which is Meditation and, naturally, an instant of devotion to the Truth. So, it is not a teaching. I have nothing new to tell you. I am not a preacher, a speaker, or a philosopher. I am just investigating with you your own Reality. So, it is not a teaching, it is a statement about your Reality, about Life.

I am talking about You - who is myself - about the Nature of Consciousness, about the Truth of Life. You are this Consciousness, Presence and Happiness. You are not the body, not the mind, not a "person" living in the world. That, which seems to be like this, is not the Truth. It seems you are somebody inside the body, living in the world, but this is not Truth. This is something that is always changing. The world, the body, the mind, the experience of life and history change. This is not you, it is only a temporary, momentary apparition, it is not the Reality, the Truth. You need to find out what in fact, Truly, You are, and this is what we are dealing here, in Satsang.

You must realize this by yourself, through your own experience of the reality about yourself. It is not a matter of listening to my speech and theoretically to agree or to think this is a totally absurd.

You are pure Being, pure Consciousness, pure Happiness, but it is not about hearing, believing and repeating it theoretically. It is necessary to realize your Real State, your Natural State, and that is why I invite you to be in Satsang.

After all, what is life, what is this world? Your sense of reality in this world is the same sense of reality in the dream. But, which one is, in fact, real: your dream or this world? You attach yourself to this world, thinking that your real life is in it.

Likewise, when you dream, you attach yourself to the experience of the dream, thinking that it is a real experience, while, in fact, it is only the experience of a character, of a supposed present entity. This happens both in the dream and in this waking state. So, here is just a dream too. Nothing can happen to you, either in the dream or here.
You are experiencing a very great complication, which is the belief of being someone in this experience called "human life," "personal life." It is necessary to awaken, to rid yourself of this illusion, to let it go. So, this is what we are talking about in Satsang: the end of the illusion of the "I." Everything else is only an experience in the mind, an apparition.

These apparitions in the mind, these appearances, are like hypnosis: a world that seems real, but it is only an imagination, a dream. While you are confusing yourself with an entity present in this experience called "human life," you will be overloaded with afflictions, problems. It will always be happening only for this ego-consciousness, for that ego-identity, for this hypnotized mind, for this sense of "being someone."

Is not it beautiful?

You are confusing yourself with this. One time you are happy, another time you are sad; one time you feel good, in another one you feel bad. You are identifying with the experience "I am the body," "I am somebody in the world."

This is what we are talking about in Satsang: the end of all this, of this illusion, of this lie that mind has produced. You have forgotten that all of this is only a dream, whether it is the dream of living in the world or the dream of living in the experience of the dream, which happens at night when the body sleeps.

How do you rid yourself of all this? Simply observing, stopping valorizing the experimenter present in the experience. You are very addicted to "being someone," in this self-importance of "being present" in doing, thinking, feeling, acting, performing things. How do we release this illusion? By observing everything around us without attaching ourselves to anything, by disidentifying from the experience of "being someone."

To understand yourself means knowing that you are not the doer, the thinker, the achiever, the controller, or the one who decides. Everything is already happening in this Divine Will, it is the Will of God being made. You are only carrying a huge burden on your shoulders, instead of relaxing and surrendering this illusion of responsibility.

How do you do this? I repeat: simply knowing that everything is already being managed, taken care of, done, accomplished by a power greater than you.

This is like a leaf when it falls into a stream and flows downstream. Sometimes, it bumps logs or rocks, but it keeps going down. It has some mishaps on this flowing, but it continues to go down... It does not resist the current; it has no force against the current. You, in the ego, want to fight against Life, or try to cling to one of the "stones" not to continue going down; you want to fight against what Existence has already preordained. Everything is preordained by Grace, by God, but you want to do what the leaf does not do, clinging to a trunk, clinging to a stone, fighting against what is already preordained. You must relax, accept this Will, the Divine Will, and abandon all conditioning.

This is how the Sages live in the world. Sages are those who are surrendering themselves to the Truth of their Being, to the Truth of God. This is devotion, is surrender, and this is the work of Awakening.

Reality arises and happens according to this one Will that does all things, and, therefore, Happiness, Peace, Freedom and Truth are present.

It is when there is no resistance, there is no ego, there is no such sense of control, the illusory sense of the doer, the thinker, the achiever. So, Love, Freedom, Happiness and Peace arise according to this one Will, because there is no "one" struggling against What is, against the Reality, the Truth. You do not have to think about it, to feel it, to make decisions about it; you only need to observe, disidentifying from what appears, happens, moment by moment.

So, when the thought comes to you, just observe it clearly and release it. After all, to whom does this thought happen? To “me." And what is this "me"? It is an idea, a belief, a concept, the illusion of a present thinking entity. Break the habit of "being someone," of assuming those thoughts happening as if they were "your" thoughts, the actions happening as if they were "your" actions, what is happening around you as if it were happening to you... Everything is just happening and there is no one special in it. The conditioning is basically this: you are very important, very special. There it is the illusion. Who am I? What is the source? Where does it come from? To whom is this appearing?

Participant: Master, so, my job, which I cannot stand anymore, is a creation? If it a better job will take place, will it appear naturally?

Master Gualberto: Better or worse are just concepts that the mind creates about what happens, about what appears. You say, "I cannot stand it anymore." Who is this that cannot stand it anymore? As long as there is some form of resistance, there will be some kind of suffering. Resistance to life, as it is presented, is conflict and suffering. So, in the ego, this becomes unbearable. Who is this pain for? Who is this that cannot stand it anymore?

Perhaps, this is a great opportunity for you to realize how much resistance is present before what Existence is showing you. It is your opportunity to go beyond this identification with the sense of an "I" present in this work experience.

There is no conflict, no suffering and no resistance when there is no ego. Resistance, conflict and suffering are the ego! The problem is never what is happening on the outside, but how it is seen, experienced, internally.

* Originally published on June 26, 2017
**Transcribed from a speech on an online meeting in the evening of April 3rd, 2017. Online meetings every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10 p.m. - . BRT (Brasília Time Zone) Download Paltalk app and Join Us!


September 26, 2017

Be still

My work with you in Satsang is to show you that you have never been far from yourself. You have to change your view. You are looking outside, looking at what is apparent; you are looking at apparitions and valorizing them. I am inviting you to look at That which sees everything. Since you cannot look at That which sees, you may give up looking outside. Then, That which sees - where everything is seen - reveals itself as your True Nature

The Sages call this "to be quiet." The thought, the feeling and the sensation come and you remain quiet, then, they go away; a history comes, you keep quiet and it goes away; another history comes up, you be quiet and it goes away.

As you remain quiet and look at What sees, your natural state emerges, and, thus, your look changes, because what is seen is no longer the "outside," but “What it is” is what is being seen. Thus, the meaning of the "I" (which is what gives the value of an entity present to what is seen in the experience) disappears. 

All the problems you have are based on the idea that "you" are there. In fact, "you" are not there. There is only Him there, and He has no problem. You particularize a belief for a particular body or a particular name, and, thus, a particular history arises. How this is fascinating! It is fascinating to realize that there is no one present in what happens. Everything happens in Him, by Him and for Him! It is all His show, it is all His game! 

One is born, another dies; one wins, another loses; one is positive, another is negative; one is male, another is female; one is healthy, the other is sick... This is the game, but it is His game! 

There is no harm, nothing to be regretted. Nothing is lost, destroyed or ends... Nothing ends and nothing begins. This is the game! 

Nothing is really beginning; Nothing is actually ending; nothing is in fact a permanent victory or a permanent defeat. Everything is a game, a game of Him! 

If you choose one part, you deny another. So, you particularize one side, which is what pleases at the most the conditioning pattern of the "person" you believe to be. This is illusion, which is suffering! I know you want no one in your family to die, but I have some news to give you: they will die! And you too, which is worse. This is because you were born... or it seems that way. 

Would you like a perfect health? Impossible! People go on a diet, do exercise, eat properly...They go crazy about this thing of natural and macrobiotic food. They do not eat pudding, chocolate... All natural! Not too much sugar, too much salt... Anything! A perfect health! This does not exist! Everyone is going to die! Even you will die! 

Disenchant yourself from this! Disidentify from the body, because it will die; disidentify from the history, because those who are part of this "your history" will also die. But, all this is a game of Him! There is no you in it! People come to me wanting a model, in order to know what they can and cannot do; what they should eat and what they should not; what to do or not to do; what should be or may not be... 

Just remember this: it is all a game of Him! There is only Him! Stop trusting in the illusion!

*Originally published in Portuguese on June 21, 2017
**Speech transcribed from a meeting via Paltalk
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