October 26, 2015
In Satsang we are learning what kind of behavior we need to have when approaching truthfully in relationships, the proper way of having an encounter between us.
We have been emphasizing the importance of having this meeting without the separatist aspect of personalities, since personality is the synonym of belief, ideas, concepts and preferences; that are egocentric and personal states, serving the separatist purpose.
This type of behavior is not the more adequate in a relationship, where the main purpose is to find the unity, the oneness, the non-duality. But if we understand this limitation, we can get rid of it completely.
October 25, 2015
QUESTION: Is it possible a progressive path of non-identification and non-conditioning, that in a certain moment achieves the possibility of having a vision of what the mind is in its totality (non-identification with the mind)?
ANSWER: All and every movement is still a mind’s movement. All and any evolution or progress is still something inside the mind. You can know the mind profoundly, but you are still in the mind’s circuit. When I say “you”, I am referring to the mind, but in Satsang we are speaking of your Natural State, that, which is this Consciousness, and that is outside the mind. Every progress, evolution, growth, expansion, is something inside the mind. In Satsang there is a work happening, but it is a work in this mechanism (body-mind). And it is a direct work of this Consciousness, this Presence, this Grace. It is not a mind’s work.
QUESTION: I feel many conditionings falling in my life, and each and every moment I feel more confident in not having answers, in not knowing anything, but in a more sensitive way, intelligent. That gives me the impression that I am getting closer of this Natural State that you speak of…
ANSWER: This is very curious, a real trap my child. Come urgent to Satsang, your situation is severe!
There is always a great joy in the present moment, in the now. A joy that cannot be found, because joy is not something you search for. The search for the joy in this present moment is the withdraw of this same joy, because the mind “escapes”. The nature of the mind is always to search for something. You are here, now, and have never left, but the mind is never here; it does not find the now, because in the now it disappears.
When I speak about the mind, I am not talking about the intellect, I am talking about the mind. The mind is another name for this separatist sense of the now. Your mind is never here and now, because here and now there is no mind. In the present moment, the mind is always looking for memories, or for that that it idealizes. The present moment is just a means to the mind, an utilitarian thing, which it makes use of.
But in the now is the natural joy, without contrary, without opposite. The joy that has an opposite is still a mental joy, with a history backing it up. Peace is inherent to this Natural State that reveals itself, now, as your Real Nature. Realize or allow this to yourself: Peace, Happiness, Freedom, Love, Truth, which is a non-dual experience of the now, without the separation between the subject and the object, experimenter and experience.
This is our motion in Satsang, all we have here is the now.
October 5, 2015
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October 2, 2015
The Realized’s compassion is manifested in a very different way from what we are used to see coming from the mind. He does not see Himself as the "savior of the world". He does not see Himself as anyone to rescue anyone, nor to release anyone from anything.
Realization, for most of you, is a state, a colorful world where nothing unpleasant, hard, complicated and painful shows up. This is pure imagination. The truth about Illumination, or Realization, is the freedom of not mixing with the mind, with what the mind imagines.
We are always surrounded by things, by people and more people. It seems like we collect everything. We are always storing things and more things. We never stay alone, we don’t accept that, it is too frightening. We are always getting ready to a new event, a new party, a new chat, a new trip, to meet new things… of something that produces sound, such as a mp3 or a radio, or along with a book… always something, we are never alone, and then we don’t find out who we are, the richness of our depth; we don’t find the heart of what we are. If we had found, we would find the heart of all things around us, and of the “people”too, and, in this so called “loneliness”, we would find bliss, the supreme happiness.
This meeting in Satsang is an encounter with this instant Presence, this present Presence. Satsang is the meeting with the Truth of our Real Identity, witch is the Divine Nature of ourselves. When we get closer to Satsang, the most common idea is that we are not mature enough to realize what happens in this space, to investigate That thing we are. But actually, once you have managed to reach to Satsang, you are already ready to look at this. I truly believe that the only requirement that makes you mature enough is the fact that you are here, that you “have been borned”, “that you are experiencing this moment”, being apparently the body. It is not possible to see this without being in this condition, therefore, this condition is the requirement of a certain maturity. And you are exactly within this moment to see this. You can’t see this in a future moment. You couldn’t have seen this in a past time. The present moment, in this present Presence, that is you now, is the instant that everything can be realized. I say that all this is this simple Truth that it’s you. All past impressions are just records of knowledge, experiences, memories in this mechanism; something that happens in this present moment, that is this Conscience. This present moment. For the mind, things have happened. But for this present Conscience, that is you, in your Real Nature, nothing has happened, nor is about to happened. There is no past and there is no future. And naturally, also there is no present.
Only You are the watchman, you are the Guardian of your monastery. Do you know what a watchman does? He cannot sleep.
In ancient Zen monasteries the Master elected someone to be the watchman, the Guardian of the monastery . I think to myself that you have just been elected... Elected.
It seems that it is just now, but it has always been like this. However, now you are aware of it, knowing that it is this way. Therefore, do not sleep! Let the body sleep, but do not sleep! The nature of the mind is “to sleep”. Let the mind sleep. But You, do not sleep! You are not the mind. You are not the body. You get confused with the mind, you get confused with the body, and sleep... And forget that you are a Watchman, which is a Guardian.
Consciousness is the Presence that never sleeps, never sleeps. Mind is unconsciousness, which is never awaken, that never wakes up.
In your Real State, in your Natural State of being the watchman, the Guardian of this monastery [body and mind], everything is complete. That is why they call him "awakened", "Self Realized" – the one who does not sleep.
There is not someone there to sleep. You are not "someone". The illusion of "someone" is to be in a "dream", is to be here in the dream, is to be mistaken. Do not be mistaken. Do not fall asleep. Do not get confused. You are the one in the tower - the Vigil Tower. The one who never sleeps.
The mind has been sleeping for millenniums, not You. You get confused with the mind. It pretends to be you. And it has been doing this with great mastery, for a long time... For a long time.
I know it is not comfortable to leave this dream in which you have never really entered. It only seems to be like this, but this "view" is very true, although it is not real. That is why in India they call it "the illusion of ignorance”. There is no ignorance, as there is no sleep – it just seems to be this way. It is because this is very convincing, very persuasive... Such is the ability and the power of illusion.
In India they call it Maya, this game of illusion, of misconception. Having that said, stay there, in your place, leaving everything in its place. This is to be Awakened, Self Realized, Consciousness - being the Presence - it is the Awakening, or any other name that you have for It.
Forget the names!
All of them!
Just play with the names,
and "have fun with the forms."
Nothing is oppressive!
Nothing is heavy!
Everything is in its place!
The Watchman does not interfere, he is just a witness who watches with quite acuity, attention and patience, "without being asleep".
IT IS NOT WORTH TO SLEEP!
We often do this: we take the speeches of someone who has realized the Self and create a system. Then, we turn it into knowledge, into a system of beliefs, becoming part of our background, of our spiritual culture. But there is nothing like that! There is not a “collective I”, not an “individual I". There is no burden of an "I" inside, in an experience of the outside’s world. Everything that appears, only appears... It is the illusion of an inside "I" against an outside’s world. And this illusion is based in the thought, in the images of the thought. Disregard the thoughts and the notion of an "I" experiencing the world ends. So, there is no burden, the Self is pure lightness.
When I am involved in an intellectual activity that requires thinking, I cannot see in myself a sentence being formulated to be expressed, so I get as surprised as you do. I listen to it at the same time as you do. I am always in the point zero. For example, when I tell you a story, I hear it at the same time as you do. When I begin to talk in Satsang, I know it will come, it will flow. For example, when you are looking at the bottom of a well, you look down there and cannot see anything. You let the bucket down in the water hole to bring up water, and then you pull back and take the bucket of water, and then two, three buckets, and so on. Dealing with Consciousness is something like this: you do not know in what depth you will find water, but the well is never dry; you do not know what kind of water you will find either.
Let's give an example for you: the pain of losing a father has to have a story. And for every body-mind mechanism is a specific story. In a family, for example, when somebody dies, that "somebody" who has died for the others "somebodies’", the others "selves", the others "peoples", from that family, that "somebody" who died has a certain importance.