November 18, 2017

What is the worst of all illusions?

In these meetings we are dealing with the veil that is apparently concealing the Truth, the Peace, this Happiness inherent in ourselves, and understanding what we might call "apparent separate entity," which is this constant pursuit of peace and the end of suffering. However, it is precisely this search for peace and the end of suffering that maintains the existence of this supposed entity, this illusory identity.

We cannot do as many others who simply try to ignore this illusion. You are not free from the illusion by shutting the eyes to it or saying that it is only an illusion. This "talk" or belief is not enough. If as a "person" we feel we have nothing to do, we are only deceiving ourselves about Advaita theory. If we feel like "person" and say there is nothing to be done, we are only fooling ourselves.

Nothing can be done, needs to be done, when we are free from this illusion. However, if we are still attached to this illusion, it is still quite significant; it is still very real. So, the worst of all the illusions is, while in the delusion, to believe you free from the illusion; that is, as a "person" we believe we are enlightened.

Nowadays, many people talk about end of the illusion as if there were no more illusion just because they know this subject theoretically, intellectually, because they have had some meditation experiences. They still feel they are persons, but they talk about the end of the person. Nowadays, we have many "awakened" or "enlightened" persons in the world... They are "awakened persons," "enlightened people." I have something to tell you: as long as there is the sense of "person," there is no real Enlightenment, Awakening, Realization.

This is the worst of all the illusions: being in the illusion and not seeing the illusion - this is the very work of the egoic mind, the illusory mind. I am saying that "people" do not attain enlightenment. When there is enlightenment, there is no "person." If as "person" we feel that there is nothing to be done, we are, in fact, in a worse position than the one who has never heard this teaching, because we are denying ourselves and the real way by which we could see how to release our suffering.

It is a beautiful divine game! We need to understand - not intellectually, but experimentally. We need to realize the ignorance clearly. Only then, this shadow can disappear under the light of Consciousness. This is a work of surrender, of burning the ego, of dissolution of this ego-identity, the real dissolution of this illusion. Without this, we are only in the field of belief, concepts, ideas, words, which is useless, which makes the ego more proud, vain, presumptuous, powerful, because now it has a knowledge, an intellectual certainty that others do not have.

There is nothing to be done and no one to do. This must be the result of this realization and not a belief; it must be an unshakable, experiential understanding and cannot come from external confirmation, such as a read sentence or a word heard from the other. It has to be something direct, true! It is a very simple thing, but not as simple as the egoic mind pretends to be, therefore, in this way, it is like the thief dressed up as a policeman, disguised as a policeman. Self-investigation, devotion and surrender are necessary.

Participant: Those who deceive themselves think they are living it. How do we know if there is this experience or if it is a mistake? 

Master Gualberto: You cannot know this in the other, but, yes, in yourself. Never worry about whether or not you can discover this in the other. I repeat it: you have to find this out in yourself. Even because, if someone is living it and it is true for him, it does not mean that this is true for you; and if one is not living it and just says it is, but it is not true for him, it does not change anything to you at all. Here the point is to find out by yourself if It is real and at what level this is real there, in yourself. This is a matter of an intimate honesty. Only your intimacy with Reality is real to you.

Everbody can say anything or can believe they are living anything. But, the question is: and you? Are you in a real life experience or in a mistake? If you are deeply honest about it, Grace will lead you to what is true. When you stand before a true Master, you will know, for the very fact that you are true. If you are not true enough, you may still go round in circles for a while. 

The direct experiential experience has the taste of Reality. If this is not experiential and direct, it is merely intellectual, and this will come out in the course of time, because there is no legitimacy, there is no truth. When the fire is real, it burns, but when it is not real, it is a matter of time for you to discover that it has neither heat nor power to burn anything. It is like a jewel that looks like gold, but when it comes to the expert's hand, it is clear it is not gold. So, become a specialist, increase your "nose." I call this honesty. So, when you increase your "nose," you become a specialist, and just by looking at the fire you see whether it is real or not, whether it has the power to burn or has not. 

I mean that you have in yourself this power of not identifying with the mind and what it creates. Then, your "nose" becomes accurate. Explore any experience, thought, image, sensation or perception in this way. When we explore our experiences in this way, it becomes clearer, more obvious, that this Consciousness is that which witnesses the experience. Since, It does not get confused with this experience, It cannot be deceived by words, teachings, concepts, theories and beliefs. This is not a subject you learn from a teacher. This is not a matter of intellectual understanding. 

Here, only the direct experience, not intellectual understanding, will satisfy us. When we are not mature enough, we remain in this game of words and in the search of knowledge about It. However, when maturity comes, we are no longer satisfied by words, by knowledge and by intellect. Knowledge, word and intellect are still in this dimension of the egoic mind. The Reality is beyond the mind. So, there is no way to get lost and to let yourself be fooled easily by knowledge, intellectuality and borrowed experience. We need an experiential understanding, a non-intellectual understanding.

*Originally published in Portuguese on June 30, 2017
**Transcribed from a speech on an online meeting in the evening of March 28th , 2017. Online meetings every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10 p.m. - . BRT (Brasília Time Zone) Download Paltalk app and Join Us!

November 14, 2017

Life is God, Being, Consciousness!

Our purpose is always the investigation of the nature of the egoic mind. After all, what does it mean? What is the nature of this? What does it, basically, represent this sense of separation? Where, after all, does it appear?

What I have to say to you in this meeting is that we are facing the vision of a mirage, of an apparition that is not real. The point here is that you have been conditioned to accept this [this sense of separation] as a model of life, of identity, which is just a standardization. Realization, basically, is the end of all of it that seems so real. This is so because everyone follows this model. Nobody is willing to question this division, this separation, and every conflict that arises from it. Realization is life without it, without the sense of the "I", without this "I" and its separated world; this "I" and its subjects; this "I" and its dealings; this "I" and their relationships; this "I" and its projects, dreams and everything.

Human culture is based on thought, which has been the basis of this illusory identity, and its confidence in it has been total. Look at your living room now, at this moment, or your bedroom, your house and all the furniture inside it... Thought is the basis of the construction of your world, that gives authenticity to everything you see, touch, experience. Thus, the "reality" of your world is the "reality" of the thought. Even the very body that you experience (the hands, the feet, the head...) is the thought that says it is there, that it is real. This way, your world has been constructed and testified by the thought.

The same way it occurs in relation to the internal impressions you have: your desires, motivations, images (the image you make of yourself and the image you make of the other), the joy of remembering someone or the sadness for not being able to forget something... Therefore, whether from the external point of view or from the internal point of view, your world is mental, a construction of thought. Sometimes it appears in a physical form and sometimes in a sentimental, emotional way. This has been the basis of "your" world.

Do you know what is the difference between you and a Sage? The difference is that you trust in thought and the Sage knows that thought has no reality. Thought has no reality separate from this Consciousness. So, while the Sage stays with the Consciousness, you stay with the thought. If you give up thinking, the "person" you believe to be disappears; the world in which you seem to live also disappears because the basis of your world is the same basis of the "person". The "person" is as real as its world, and the basis, the reality of this, is the illusion of thought. I said "the illusion of thought" because there is no thought.

Reality is this unique Consciousness, which has not been separated as Consciousness and thought. There is an "element" in you that creates the sense of separation, this illusion of there being "someone" and the thougth, "someone" and the world. This "element" puts all confidence in thought and, of course, suffers, creating the mirage of which I spoke right now. The One who is Awake, the Wise, falls no more into this trap, because He no longer sees himself separated from the experience. He does not separate himself from thought as a "thinker", from the experience as an "experimenter", from what he feels as a "person" who feels. Thus, the illusion of duality ends. When there is no more separation, there are no more conflicts, problems, and that means being Awake, being no longer in this "sleep state", of "dream".

You are Life and this is your True Nature! So, what is the nature of the egoic mind? The answer is: illusion! The mind has sustained this illusory element, it has been self-sustaining in this pain, in that suffering, in that conflict. This is not Life! Life does not know this! Life is Peace, Love, Freedom, Happiness! Life is Beauty, it is Grace! Life is God, Being, Consciousness! What the mind knows is misery. The nature of the mind is to be miserable in this illusion. In this nature of illusion, the mind is stupid, and you are not that! You are God, you are Wise!

Your life is miserable because you identify with the mind. This is not your real life, it is the culturally learned life. You are culturally conditioned to be miserable, to compare yourself, to imitate, to have ambition, envy, desires... A tremendous dissatisfaction created by the mind! You are addicted to living like this, in this stupidity.

*Originally published in Portuguese on July 18, 2017
**Transcribed from a speech on an online meeting via Paltalk at the night of June 9th, 2017

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

October 31, 2017

Happiness is not the accomplishment of desires

We are dealing with something simple, but at the same time, deeply challenging. We are dealing with you about the art of Happiness. Satsang is this, and It represents the abandonment of the illusion of the sense of the "person" present. It is important that you remember that life happens without "you" and those thoughts, feelings, all of that is part of life, as well as actions, which are apparently the result of these thoughts and feelings.

What we are saying is that it is not a matter of trying to cooperate with life or trying to create the conditions for happiness, hoping everything to be auspicious. Things do not always have to be perfect as you expect them to be. The perfection you expected in what happens is only a belief, a projection of desire. You cannot expect anything from life, because "expecting" means creating an expectation to be miserable.

Happiness is neither the accomplishment of desires nor the fulfillment of expectations. Happiness is Being! Life is what it is, and that is Being. There is not the sense of "anyone" in Being. I did not say, "to be anything", "to be happy"... Being is Happiness, but it is not being happy! The sense of "person" is always miserable, no matter what it accomplishes in life, because this accomplishment is still part of its misery. You cannot look at the Truth as a mall, where you go shopping and there you get everything you want… you eat in the food court, shop in the clothing stores, buy toys and so on... And now you are "happy"!

Do not look at life as a mall. It does not have what you want, because your desire is miserable and life does not know misery. Everybody seeks Happiness, but they confuse Truth, Life, with a great market where they can get everything they want.

It is not getting what you want that you will be happy, but exactly the opposite: it is no longer desiring, abandoning the sense of "someone" present who desires - this "someone" you believe to be and always misses something: family , success, health, clothing, friendships... This sense of lack is only possible when the sense of the "I" is present, and that is to be miserable.

In Satsang, we are dealing with something simple and profound. Simple because it is easy to get close to it by the word; profound because we have to investigate deeply the illusory nature of this egoic mind, this sense of the “I”. In Satsang, your thoughts, feelings, emotions and all forms of beliefs - at whatever level they appear, inside your head or what you call the "heart" - are discarded. None of this is so important to Be.
To be something, you need to have things, and that makes you a miserable “person”, because there is always fear, dependence, anxiety, worry and suffering. To Be, however, the end of desire is what matters, as well as about the end of ambition, expectation, the search for something, the pursuit of something.

Therefore, Realization is not "accomplishment". Realization is to be here, without future, without expectations, without desires. Then, Happiness reveals itself with the Truth, and definitely it is not a market, where you get everything you want. It is present in Meditation, which is to assume the Truth about yourself; it is to live without the past and the future; it is to have the heart and the mind completely free. So, emotions, thoughts, feelings and physical sensations are simple experiences without "someone" inside fantasizing, imagining and calculating attached to this movement.

Thus, in Satsang, we discover the beauty of living free from the "person" and, of course, from the conflicts it produces by reason of its desires, ambitions and fears. So, Life is what it is! It is not there as a market waiting for you. There is neither separation nor distance between Being and Life... That is Completeness, Wholeness, Happiness.

The question that arises is: "How do I keep going to work, making money, paying bills, taking care of kids and family?" The answer to that question is: there is not "you"! This is the movement of Life! This goes very well without "you" - without anxiety, expectation, desire and, of course, without fear.

Give yourself total Freedom! Give yourself total Peace, total Intelligence, total Truth and total Love! Give yourself the absence of "yourself". This is Realization, but it is not the realization of "anyone" ... It is only Realization! No one realizes [the Self], but the Realization is possible. This is Enlightenment! No one attain enlightenment, but Enlightenment is possible when "you" are not [present], when "what it is" is What it Is! That is all!

*Originally published in Portuguese on July 29, 2017
**Speech transcribed from a meeting via Paltalk on May 26th, 2017
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October 26, 2017

What is the origin of every human’s conflict and suffering?

At this point, you have the clear sense of listening to this speech. What you do not question is whether listening to this speech is actually happening to someone. Therefore, the common belief is that there is an entity present in this experience of listening. This phenomenon of listening is nothing more than a physical phenomenon. The sound waves reach the tympanum and produce information to the brain, a message that interprets in the form of words or thoughts. However, this phenomenon of listening is only a phenomenon of Consciousness, and this does not make real the existence of someone present in that listening. It is only a physical phenomenon.

However, the central idea is, "I am present," "I listen," "I agree," or "I disagree with what I am listening," "he is right," or "he is wrong." Another thought also arises saying, "this speech is very interesting." However, the central idea is that all this comes from you, that there is someone present in this experience of listening. That is, what you are doing in this meeting tonight is not to question the truth of the experience, but the truth of the existence of someone present in it. All conflict, every human’s suffering, is basically based on the illusion that there is an entity present in the experience, whether in the experience of speaking, listening, thinking, feeling, doing or not doing anything.

This idea of being present, this idea of the “I,” of “me,” of ego-consciousness, is a conditioning that you have received since childhood, but this does not exist. "Your" consciousness is not particular to this organism, to that body. Therefore, this phenomenon of hearing is not a particular phenomenon, but a phenomenon of Consciousness, in Consciousness, by Consciousness and for Consciousness. What I am saying, in other words, is that there is neither "I" here speaking nor "you" there listening; it is just one movement, a single phenomenon. There is only one Presence making this apparition possible.

It is like a wave in the ocean... This ocean is Consciousness and this little wave is this phenomenon. There is no separation between the wave and the ocean, between the phenomenon and where it happens, appears, or - going a little further - seems to appear, seems to happen, because, in reality, your mind is this phenomenon, this apparition.

So, Satsang is only an invitation to investigate the reality of this "you" before life, before existence. Your True Nature is Consciousness; it is not a personal thing. It does not have a "person" present; it has only the appearance of this body-mind phenomenon (sensations, thoughts, emotions, perceptions). The "person" is an illusion, that is, the personal identity with a name, a form and a history is an illusion. This is the beauty of Satsang (Sanskrit word meaning "encounter with What is," "encounter with Reality, with Truth"). This deconstruction or the collapse of this illusion of an “I” is something possible before a real work, a true work.

Your only real Freedom, as Consciousness, is Being, and Being is Happiness! Consciousness is this absolute Intelligence, not verbal, not intellectual, not conceptual. This Consciousness, this absolute Intelligence, is beyond duality, beyond this sense of good and bad, cause and effect, goodness and badness... Consciousness is beyond this "I and the world," this duality of an experimenter present in the experience of the world as if the world were the experience of "someone," of this "me," of this "I,” "of this "person." Therefore, a true approach, which is this face-to-face approach in Satsang, brings this Awakening, revealing so this profound Silence, this deep Consciousness, this profound Reality.

Thus, Being is Consciousness, which is Happiness! That is the nature of Realization! To the Jnani, the one who attained awakening, who is in his Being, as Consciousness, Happiness, there is no conflict, fear and suffering. You were born for It - for Happiness, for Consciousness, for Being! However, as soon as this body-mind appears in this scenario [birth], you are overcome by this conditioning, by that belief, this illusion, by this model, this pattern of thinking, feeling. It is necessary to go beyond this conditioning, beyond this duality. You have to assume the Truth about yourself.

This constant search for peace, love, happiness, and freedom on the outside, in things, in people, in places, it is this illusion that ends. That is when the illusion of the identification with the body ends - identification with this idea of being a boy or a girl, man or woman, a young man or a young woman, an old man or an old woman... Then, when that is over, the Truth reveals Itself.

The Truth is this Supreme Freedom, this Love, this Supreme Happiness, which is possible in this Consciousness, which is absolute Intelligence, which is Being! Thus, the Truth reveals Itself in this Being, which is Consciousness, Happiness, Freedom, Love... It reveals itself in this Happiness, which is Consciousness, Freedom. Notice that we are talking about Being-Consciousness-Happiness, a single Presence, the Presence of your Being, your True Nature, which is this Silence, this Grace, which is another word for Beauty, Love, Truth.

After all, who is the one who suffers? Once you identify with the mind, suffering is present. In Satsang, you are invited to go beyond the illusion of the “I,” of separateness, of duality, of suffering. In fact, it is not the body that suffers; the body has pains. Suffering is something psychological, something from this sense of the "I," the mind. You have been getting confused with the body, and it is in the mind that you get confused with it.

*Originally published on June 28, 2017
**Talk transcribed from a meeting via Paltalk on March 15th, 2017
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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!