August 22, 2017

Your Real Heart


In Satsang we are dealing with your Being, with this real Being, of your True Nature, That what you are. What do we mean by Being, your Being, your real Being? Your real Being is your real Heart, something beyond this mortal dream - the dream of this "person", of this present entity. We are not talking about the human heart; we are talking about this Divine Heart, your True Nature. When you turn to the mind and its movement, you are out of this Space. It is necessary that you allow this Reality to assume its Space, allow this Space to be assumed, this Reality assuming this Space. The Reality of this Real Presence is only possible when the mind turns to its source and this mysterious power assumes.

This is what we call Satsang: when the end of all questions and all answers comes; when the end of all this restlessness comes. That is the end of this mortal dream experience, where "someone" can disappear in death, and this is something very frightening. I want to remind you of this Void, which is, in fact, fullness. This fullness is this Void, which is the place of your real Heart. It is necessary to go beyond this limitation of the present separate entity with its desires and fears; go beyond these desires and fears.

When the mind returns to the source, to its origin, it disappears in that Void and then all problems end. Problems are only possible for the "person"; for the person and its desires and dreams; for the person and its fantasies; for the person and its mortal dream. Therefore, do not put yourself there in this condition; do not enter into that imagination. Outside this imagination, of this movement of the mind, you are free, it is Freedom. As you are free, you can, as Consciousness, Presence, Truth, express This, which is no longer a personal expression. This expression, which is no longer personal, is the expression of Freedom, Joy, Wisdom, Bliss, something that is pure rest... Resting in your own Being, in your own real Heart.

That is why the issues, the questions, the answers and the worries come to an end. Self-realization means Omnipresence, which is this complete, total Presence of Silence. This Silence interpenetrates everything, it is everywhere. When you are this Realization, you see good and evil, right and wrong, divine and profane, all as part of your Essential Nature. Then, there is no conflict, there is no duality, there is no separation. There are no other people outside this Realization. Therefore, you do not share this illusion of the mortal dream, the dream of being "someone" to see the other. After all, how would you do this, free from the illusion of being someone? How would it be possible to have others?

God is present as the only Truth. There is not the other separated from Him, in every thing, part or place, in each one... And for Him, there is not "each one”, there is only Him. That is the vision of that Omnipresence which I am talking about. It is when you become transparent, when you assume your Real Nature, you assume to be What You Are - God. This Being is Real Completeness, Real Fullness and Real Perfection, which is the perfection of everything, everywhere. Therefore, without the idea of a present "someone" there are not others.

All your struggle, all your despair, all your worry and anxiety are in this illusion that "you are alone" as a present entity, struggling to survive. This is the constant struggle of the ego, because there is so much fear there. There is all this desperation not to die, not to leave this mortal dream; it is the conflict of the duality between living and dying, between good and evil, between truth and illusion.

These meetings have invited you to this perfect, absolute and eternal Peace - eternal in the sense of timelessness and unconditionality. This is possible in this Awakening and you are here for this. Awakening means coming out of this mortal dream, of mortality. That is the end of all separation, and when there is no separation, there is no fear. That is why we call This non-duality; Non-duality is non-separateness and without separateness there is no fear, there is only this Presence, which is Omnipresence.

Notice that we are dealing with you about something that is not an achievement, it is not something that you get; it is something you were born with. Enlightenment is something innate, it is not something strange. That potential is in there, but it needs to be updated. If you keep on confusing yourself with what you are not, you will keep on giving up on This, and that has been the way, the form, the manner everyone proceed. By staying with what you are not, you despise That what you are in your Real Nature. And what is it missing? Investigation! Deep, dedicated, applied and fervent investigation; a real interest on It; a real work in that direction, all your endeavor, all your Heart!

It is like the story of Buddha who spent 30 days under the bodhi tree, for he had made a decision when he went under that tree. He did not want to teach his disciples what, in fact, he did not know deeply and directly, directly and real. He was determined to die or to discover this Thing, there, with his eyes closed, quiet; and only after about 30 days he opened his eyes, which were completely different. There was a sparkle in his eyes, luminosity on his face, his body was so light and so transparent that you could almost see through it. Something had happened. The disciples approached him and asked, "Master, have you seen God?" He said, "No." "Have you seen heaven?" He said, "No." "Have you seen the spiritual world?" He said, "No." "So what happened, Master?" Buddha replied: "The Awakening, the end of this illusion, the illusion of this dream."

Therefore, this realization is not the vision of God, of heaven, of the spiritual world. This is the Awakening of your Real Nature, of Your Essential Nature; the Awakening of that potential that is there. It is the Awakening of this Heart, of Wisdom, of Freedom, of Happiness, of Love, of Peace. This is the end of the illusion of suffering, of separateness, of duality, of the illusion of this "me", of this "I" and with this, the world and the "other" come to an end. This is the real Holiness, but the church, the religion, the spirituality, the mysticism and the esoterism do not know This. The real Sanity is the real Intelligence, the real Freedom, the real Truth... This is Nirvana, the Kingdom of Heaven.

It is necessary to sit down here, in the Silence, and only then you can go beyond all desires, as Buddha did, such as Krishna, Mahavira, Jesus, Ramana Maharshi. That is the end of your story, the end of that person with a name and a story. Are you ready for this or do you still have a lot of things to do, many desires and projects? Do you still feel part of this world, "someone" inside this context of world? Do you prefer and want to continue this story, which I usually call "being someone for a few and having a few for this someone"?

Liberation is the end of the continuity of this mortal dream. If you still appreciate "your story” very much, you are not ready for This and this "your story" will pull you back; you will come back again, again, again and again. It is necessary to have the feet on this world, but the Heart must be outside it... Only the feet walking on the earth, while the Heart is entirely free from this desire of going on. Only when the Heart is completely detached from this, it assumes its place. Your Real Nature is this free Heart and that is where this Presence, this Consciousness, this Reality is.


* Speech transcribed from an online meeting on August 15th, 2016 at night - Access our agenda and schedule to be with us: Visit our website: www.mestregualberto.com - Also take part on our online meetings - download Paltalk app on the computer or smartphone - and locate the room: “Satsang Marcos Gualberto” always opened at 10p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

August 19, 2017

The Path of Self-Inquiry and Devotion




I only know two tools that work for Awakening: self-observation – which is the investigation of the ephemeral nature of the ego, of the temporary and voluble nature of the “I” – and devotion. I would rather say that it is curious to deal with this self-observation, this investigation of the nature of maya, of illusion, of ego, because, in my case, the element which has predominated at the most in this work here (in this body-mind) was devotion. 

I have never been interested in knowing the theoretical and theological aspects of this subject. I had never read about it, I had never heard about it, which has proved me to be very worth, because I have always been taken by surprise within this process, this work of Awakening, and it was like this until the end.

The most direct way to realize This is the complete trust in the Guru, it is the maturity of dealing with God in the form of the Guru. But when you have this maturity, you do not argue with the Guru, because you do not doubt Him. You do not question Him, do not question His love for you. I have already seen many of you arguing with me. So, it has to be through the path of self-investigation.

The path of self-inquiry is the path of the mistrust, the doubt, the fear of surrender, the stubbornness, the intellect. The path of devotion is the path of the heart, of surrender, of non-doubt, of the certainty before the Sacred. A path like this is naive for sure. It reminds a child that until a certain age trusts in the father and mother so much. 

So, this thing of dealing with the Guru, this might be like this for the devotee. The non-devotee, that disciple “placed in the head” - who tries to capture this via intellect – keeps saying: “Should I go? Should not? I wonder this is it! I wonder this is not! Should I trust? Should I not trust?”

Then, he end up discussing with the Guru. The path of devotion is much more direct, but It is much more risky, It can even lead to death, quick death [of the ego]. My path with my Master did not have many mishaps, but if this trusting code is broken, that password is broken; so there is no longer any way to access it.

Self-inquiry is a very arid, very dry, a very impersonal thing. It is a great tool! Devotion is such a very warm, a very personal thing, a thing more intimate. Ramana even said that the Sage is the real devotee. For you, who is God? Who is this Consciousness? Who is this Presence? Who is the Guru? Do not speak to me from a theoretical, verbal, intellectual point of view expressing advaita concepts. Ramana was a clear example of a Sage (jnani) and a devotee.

[Master starts  reading a talk  from  Robert Adams]

“Ramana Maharshi has always said that devotion, faith and self-inquiry are one and the same thing. You cannot just have dry self-enquiry, you have to feel the love, you have to feel devotion, you have to put God first.”

“Unless you put God first, you will only have dry words. And the words will give you a keen intellect. You will be able to recite all sorts of things, memorize books, listen to speeches and remember that, but you will really never awaken. That is why sometimes Advaita Vedanta can be dangerous for some people. However, if they actually read the books about Advaita Vedanta, they will understand that they have to develop a tremendous faith.

“Think about some teachers you know or have heard about. Nisargadatta... He always prayed. He realized He was Consciousness. He was self-realized, but at the same time He chanted, prayed, had devotion. It seems a contradiction because you may say: “If someone is Self-realized and knows that is everything that exists, to whom does He pray?” Try to remember that the whole spiritual life is a contradiction. It is a contradiction because words cannot explain This. Even when you are the Self, you can pray for the Self, which is you.

“Ramana Maharshi always had chanting at the ashram, prayers, devotional hymns. These things are very important. Many westerners, who profess to be atheists, come to listen to lectures on Advaita Vedanta, and yet nothing ever happens in their lives. As long as you do not have devotion, faith, love, discrimination, dispassion, it will be very difficult to awaken.” [Robert Adams].

Robert Adams attained Self-realization when He was fourteen years old while taking a math test in a classroom. When He was a baby, He saw a pygmy in his crib. When He grew up a little more He found a book on the shelf of a bookstore and recognized the pygmy that used to talk to him on the crib.

That pigmy spoke to him until He was seven years old, and at that moment He saw His picture in the book. Look at the pygmy that appeared to him since He was a baby and "have worked" with him until He was seven years old. [Master points at a photo of Ramana Maharshi]

After the age of 14, Robert Adams  went to see Joel Goldsmith, who sent him to Yogananda. When He met Yogananda, Yoganand told him, "I am not your Guru. Go after your Guru, He is in India." Then, at the age of eighteen He went to India and spent three years with Ramana. In the last three years of Ramana's life, He was at His feet.

Learning with the Guru to chant, to pray, to do puja, to give his life to Him, to God is a great tool. When there were no musicians, Robert Adams would put devotional records on a phonograph. One day they asked: Why do you always put these songs for us to listen? He replied: “You must listen to these songs, you are very dry, you need to get a little wetter.” He went on saying: “When a seed is in the earth, it does not bud, it does not germinate. The earth must be moist. It is necessary to make the earth wet. Your hearts are like this. You are very dry, an arid land. No seed can germinate there. So I want you to learn how to pray and to chant.”


* Transcribed from a speech during  the retreat of New Year's Eve 2016-2017 at Ramanashram Gualberto in the city of Campos do Jordão, Brazil - Access our agenda and set up to be with us. Visit our website: www.mestregualberto.com – Also take part in our online meetings - download the Paltalk app on your computer or smartphone – and search the room: satsang marcos gualberto. It is always open at 10:00 p.m. (Brazilian time – GMT-3) on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

August 14, 2017

Meditation is the key, the lock, the door...



It is not a practice, it is not a path, it is not an exercise, it is not a movement... It is to remain in the Source, it is to remain in the Self, it is to remain in the Heart. This is Meditation! It is not a posture for breathing, it is not a physical posture, it is not to sit down, lie down or walk in a special way. It is simply to remain without thoughts, at this instant, now... Always at this instant! Without agitation, without movement, without being impressed by the appearances of the senses. Meditation is Enlightenment; it is to remain in Consciousness. When you are Meditation and Consciousness, you are Compassion, you are Peace, you are Love, you are Truth, you are Freedom. Something radiates from you! It is in the feet, in the hands, in the body, in the eyes, because you are the Source, you are the Heart, you are the Presence, you are the Consciousness, you are God! 

I just teach one thing: Being. The center, the heart of my speeches points only to Meditation. Meditation is the key, the lock, the door... it is this side and it is that side. Meditation is Enlightenment! You do not meditate to get yourself enlightened, because in your Being you are Enlightenment, which is Meditation. You do not sit down to meditate; Meditation settles and you disappear as a separate entity, as someone present in the experience of thinking, of feeling, of getting emotional, of eating, of talking, of sitting, of lying down, of walking, of sleeping, of dreaming, of getting up from the bed, of waking up... 

Meditation is supreme Happiness; it is you in your Self, in your Natural State as pure Beauty, Love, Freedom... this Wholeness... It is everything, everywhere, nowhere, nothing, besides everything... Meditation! Without body, without mind, without world. It is not a girl, it is not a boy; it is neither old nor a child; it is not a newborn, nor an old dying man on the verge of death, or a rather a breathless lady, close to stop; no birth, no death... Meditation! 

It is when thoughts cease, desires cease, and then you are back to the Source. There is no longer the character, there is no longer the history of this character and its superstitions, its beliefs; there is no more heaven, hell or purgatory; there is no Planet Earth, Milky Way, Cosmos or Universe; there is no longer this material plane and the spiritual plane; there is not the crude and the subtle; there is not the divine and the profane, the matter and the spirit... This is Meditation, Consciousness, the absence of the ego, of the sense of the experiencer, and this has nothing to do with the practices of meditation that you know, in which apparently the Meditation happens and the meditator disappears for a moment - ten minutes, half an hour, an hour, two hours of meditation or eight hours. It is only the appearance that the meditator is not there, because the meditator is there, saved. 

What I'm talking about has nothing to do with what you practice around there. I am talking about the Natural State of remaining unidentified with the experimenter in the experience of this instant - the experience can be listening, talking, eating, sleeping, dreaming, doing something... Meditation! Remain in your Self! Look, listen, speak, walk, eat, sit down, get out of bed after waking up, go to the office, go to the clinic, go to military service, occupy yourself by writing a book, or do any other activity, without the author of the present action, remaining in the disidentification of the experimenter in that experience. With eyes closed or open, speaking or in silence, remain without "someone", without that sensor that compares, that judges, accepts, rejects, welcomes, pushes away, loves, hates, likes, dislikes... Remain in the simplicity of your Real Nature. So this Energy, this Presence - which is Compassion, which is Freedom, which is Love, which is Truth, which is Reality - takes Its place. 

No more despair, no more fear, no more desire, no more sadness, no more worry... You are here, in your Being. Now, you can see the world as it is; the beautiful world in its Wholeness, in its Peace, in its Beauty. Is it clear? Can you see? God is One and you are God - this is Meditation, this is Samadhi, this is Enlightenment. Remain in your Being! Listen carefully: REMAIN IN YOUR BEING! 

This sensation, at this moment, is God. What you can see is God, what you can hear is God. God in every moment, God in everything, God in nothing, here and now. God has all the names. What is your name? It is the name of God. There is no surprise to God. Everything you think is God's thing; everything you feel... anything you want is God's desire. There is not you, ever! You are an illusion, only an imagination. So, relax! Stop the worries, stop the fears. 

I was born to do this work, to wake you up from this illusion; from this illusion of being a person. I love all mankind, all people, all places! I am the Love! I do not live for myself, I live for you! You do not understand me, but one day you will understand. One day you will be in your Being, in your Natural State, and you will understand me. All this work, all these encounters with me - hundreds, thousands of Satsangs - will be like a dream you had yesterday. 

Listen to my voice, look into my eyes, sit down with me and discover, in yourself, what I Am, what You Are. Hold my hand, stay with me... Dance with me and be happy with me! I can show you how to be free; I can show you how to be a Sage. No more pain, no more sadness, no more anxiety, no more depression, no more conflict... The most beautiful smile on the face, the bright eyes... Paradise on Earth every day!


*Transcribed from a speech during the Carnival Retreat on February 2017, in João Pessoa – Access our agenda and schedule to be with us. Visit our website: www.mestregualberto.com – Also, take part of our on line meetings – download Paltalk app on your computer or smartphone, and locate the room: “satsang marcos Gualberto”, always opened at 10 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

August 4, 2017

What is the sense of separateness?





What are we basically doing in these meetings? What do we do here? What is our job? What is the real meaning of an encounter where we question our own history, the reality of personal experience? What is the truth about each individual experience, each personal experience?

For you there are two things: one is the very own awareness of what is happening, of what happens, of what is experienced; The other thing is the objects of this experience.

In other words: the thought within itself and someone inside it. Then, there is this awareness of thought and thought itself; the object and that which is present here, which witnesses this object, which observes things; that which is observed and that one who observes.

Therefore, for you the experience is made by two things: the "I" and the "non-I". The computer you have in front of you now is the "non-I", and the one who is seeing and using it is the "I" - there is a witness and the thing witnessed. Your view of the experience is this. It divides itself between subject and object, between the observer and the observed thing, between thought and the thinker. This is how you interpret what happens now in this instant.

What has been said so far - not theoretically, but in a practical way - is the very sense of separation, of duality. Here is the sense of an "I" present in this experience. This is the ego, the "me", the person, it is the illusion of separateness, it is the illusion of duality!

You do not need to learn anything about it. In fact, if you learn something about it, theoretically, you will not do anything about it and may even make things worse. This is just for you to hear, and only in this action of listening, when you perceive this separation as an illusion, it is possible to stop giving importance to this. This is the work to be done. It is not a thing to believe in. This is not a lesson, it is not a teaching, it is not learning. You can not learn Advaita, although there are many Advaita teachers. There is no use of learning this. You investigate this, you do not learn this... Investigate until “this” finds out an experiential space there.

Therefore, this illusion of someone who believes in himself as a separate being, located in the body, looking at the world, looking at separate worlds independent of himself, it is the illusion of duality, the illusion of the sense of separation. The belief about this separate entity living in a world separate from itself is basically the whole problem, all conflict, all suffering. Awakening, Enlightenment or the Realization of God is the end of it. Basically, this is the work to be done. Paradoxically, it is already ready... but it is not. Do you realize that?

Complete surrender to this work is required. You need to leave everything for that, everything that surrounds this story of an "I" present within it, of an "I" living that story.

That is why we are in Satsang. It is not to learn this, to repeat this... It is no longer a knowledge that is being added to all the old knowledge that you have. Absolutely, none of that! This is a Realization, a "settlement" in that State, and This can not be a theory. This Consciousness, this Realization, this Presence is the Awakening.

It is necessary to explore, to investigate and to know ourselves intimately, to know what we are, and this is Meditation. This is not done by the intellect, because it is always limited; it is just a part of that story. Meditation is being beyond objects, beyond the subject, beyond duality. This is the recognition of what we are, right now, at this moment.

Notice that at this moment, the only Reality is this non-duality, this non-separation. There is a Silence present in this instant, which is Consciousness; This ever present Consciousness. It is the only Reality. There is no separation between subject and object, between thought and thinker, between history and the one whose history is been told. Your Real Nature, your True Nature, What You Are knows no duality, and therefore  It knows no conflict, fear, desire, history. It does not know the past, the present, or the future. It is the thought that produces this separation.

Your whole history is pure imagination, a production of thought, the illusion of someone as the thinker, as the observer.

Participant: It is hard to understand!

Master: I would say it is hard to think about it. To understand, no!



*Transcribed from a talk during an online meeting on February, 08, 2017.
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