November 30, 2017

Investigate this deeply

After all, what do we do in Satsang?

Satsang is a moment in which you have the opportunity to discover the limitation that you place yourself in. This is something basically simple to be noticed and a little complicated to be abandoned. We can even theorize about this and there are many people doing it. This is something that has become quite common - there are many people knowing about this subject; there is a lot of theory being popularized, propagated, divulged.

It is necessary to have an approach of deep discernment or you will continue deceiving yourself or being deceived, because only theory and knowledge are not enough. This is like knowing how to fly a virtual plane on the screen of your video game... You get your little plane on the computer screen and you can pilot it, play at making war, at being a pilot on a warplane. Similarly, you can play with the spiritual knowledge, or Advaita, or Neo Advaita. You can know all about it, and yet you still feel like a separate entity and, deep down, secretly still be "somebody" pretending to be nobody.

I have been talking a lot about this with people who are coming to me; because we are in a moment where the "wisdom" of Vedanta is widely publicized on the internet (there are a lot of people learning about it). Once you learn, you already know Vedanta theory, this subject becomes very interesting and you also start talking about it. Some talk about football, others talk about politics, and others talk about God's Realization, as if This were the easiest thing in the world.

So, you mistake what is simple with what is easy... It is something simple, but it is not easy. It requires work in yourself, a deep investigation of the Nature of Being. Why am I telling you this? Because I see this happening! It is necessary deep honesty, sincerity, and clarity of purpose for real work to happen. I have found some quite rushed... They arrive in Satsang, attend three or four face-to-face meetings, get annoyed at something, go away, they evidently keep reading and studying the subject, and then they soon start talking about it too.

Realization is your Natural State, where, in fact, real and truly, there is no more conflict, suffering, illusion. So, I recommend you to be very honest about it and to investigate, honest, what has created that sense of limitation and is maintaining that false identity present therein. My first recommendation for you all is: investigate this deeply, preferably in silence. One of the basic things, in this real work, is silence.

In the first contact with my Master, with my Guru, I was only 24 years old, and only 21 years later, when the sense of separation finally ended (I don’t know how to explain or put into words the reason why), it came to me this impulse of sharing it. There was no choice, no personal determination, no desire or ambition for power to do this - which is very common in the ego. That is why I have recommended to those who come close to me “to leave the seed on earth"... You put a seed in the ground and you do not dig all the time to see if it has already germinated; you leave the seed there, in silence, and one day it germinates and fructifies by an action of Grace.

Worse than being identified with the sense of a present "I", of living with that sense of self-identity, it is to have a spiritual ego, an "enlightened" ego. This widespread dissemination of spiritual knowledge, due to the globalization of information through the internet, has facilitated this. The nature of the ego is to be ambitious, to seek power, to desire recognition, and this is very complicated. Christ himself said that when a blind man guides another blind man both fall into a hole; the blind cannot be the guide of another blind. So, Christ himself warned against the false prophets, who are the gurus today, and this is already very common in Europe and in several countries around the world. Today there is much knowledge, much is being learned and the intellect can learn everything.

So, I would say to you that are in this meeting, here in this room: have patience! Do not try to accelerate the river... Let the river follow the flow on its speed, naturally. In other words: dig deep, inside yourself! Observe your reactions, this inner movement! Be careful with this trap of your convictions or other's conviction... Do not fall in this trap! After all, it is your life and not the the others’ life. Discover Your Real Nature, the Truth About Yourself! Go beyond duality!

In this sense, Silence is important. Being on a true investigation is very important. A blind man cannot guide you without the danger of falling into the hole with you. In other words: intellectual teaching, a mere theoretical knowledge that the ego has about it, will not help you. When an ego gives the hand to another ego, both remain in the ego.

When you go to India (like us who have already been there), you also see many gurus, a lot of people teaching, a lot of people who have some experience with meditation, some contact with that Presence, and therefore also with some Presence. It is "someone" handsome! When you carry a certain Presence of God, you become beautiful! So you have a certain silence, a certain look... a divine "charm", let's call like this. However, do not be impressed with this, because it is only a spiritual ego and this is not easy to discern.

I'm saying this to you: do not assume this role, nor enter into this game with that ego that has assumed this, otherwise you will be in a trap. This realization is the result of real work in that direction. You can only take the other as far as you have gone.

What I have discovered over these years is that there is little honesty in the ego. The ego has no honesty, sincerity, and patience to accomplish This. So, what does it do? It creates this, it hypnotizes itself... What the ego believes to exist, it creates.

If you go to an insane asylum, you will discover "great characters in history" - "Adolf Hitler" will be there, "Napoleon Bonaparte", as well... One day I visited someone who was inmate and I was introduced to “Pedro Álvares Cabral”. When you believe you are Pedro Álvares Cabral you speak as Pedro Álvares Cabral; if you believe that you are Napoleon, you will speak as Napoleon. If you believe you are an enlightened, you will speak as an enlightened one. And also, if you are looking for Pedro Álvares Cabral, you will find him, just as if your desire to meet Napoleon is very big, you will find "your" Napoleon... It is the search for something fast, without patience, without honesty, without sincerity. So are the two sides of the same coin. This coin is the trap of the ego.

I want to recommend you this: go inside! Be sincere, honest and patient! Surrender to Grace, to your Divine Truth, to God, and He will lead you. If you have this - sincerity, honesty, patience - and a true heart for God, a sincere prayer in your heart, you will not be deceived, you will not let yourself be deceived... There is something inside you that will show you, and "this" something is your own, real and true Guru.

OK? Let's stop here! Thanks for the meeting! Namaste!

*Originally published in Portuguese in August 19, 2017
**Transcribed from a speech on an online meeting at the night of July 17th  2017.
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November 28, 2017

The Recognition of Our True Nature

What we have in these encounters is the investigation of the Truth about ourselves. All our interest is in the question: who am I?

We cannot see the Truth as we can see a tree. We cannot have access to the Truth through the senses, like vision, because they are accessing the "experience of the senses". Truth is not something limited, as a sensory experience is. Although Truth does not exclude sensory experience, It is something greater than that. When we talk about the Truth, we are talking about an experience of recognition of our True Nature. It is the recognition of our own Being. Only this way we can have access to the Truth, which is the access to ourselves, to That what we are, and this is beyond the mind and body, with their capacity for sensory perception.

Our Being is the Truth and it is in It that the Consciousness is present. It is in this Consciousness - the Consciousness of our Being - that the world appears, but also, in It, the world disappears. Not only the world of the senses, of the perceptions and sensations, but also the psychological world (this inner world of thoughts, feelings, emotions) disappears. This work, in Satsang, is for you to access the Truth about yourself. You need to be free from the world - from the external world of the senses and from the inner world, which is the world of the mind.

In this speech, we can go beyond duality, beyond this belief of a separate existence. Every complication, every problem, arises only for the one who sees himself as a separate entity from the world, constantly confusing himself with a character. He confuses himself with the character he believes to be, similar to a theatrical actor who, when leaving the scene, tries to take the character to his real life. He played the role so well in the theater, on the stage, studied so long that character, that he forgot who he really was, his true identity. That is, the curtain was closed, the lights of the theater were turned off, everyone went home and he, now, in the dark of the theater, forgot that he has a house too. He forgot that it was only a theatrical play, that he has a family, that he has a wife and daughter waiting at home... He forgot absolutely everything! He only remembers the character he believes to be.

Do you understand the confusion? Your life is exactly like that, but with the difference that the light of the theater was not turned off, people did not leave and those who were on stage remained on stage, playing their roles as well. Everything is the same play happening and everyone has forgotten who they are. All the actors are living the same drama, the same problem. Everyone is sleeping, hypnotized, dreaming and they continue identified with the history of the characters, with their beliefs, political convictions, culture, education, religion... Each one is living his character: one is the American president, the other is the president of North Korea, and another is the president of Brazil.... They have employees in their homes, which in their role, wash their clothes, clean their houses, and make the food for them. The difference is only in the roles. They seem to have more power than their employees, but from the real point of view they are as disturbed, confused, and disoriented like them.

So, realize that this is happening on a world scale and it has been going on for thousands and thousands of years. In India, they call this Samsara (Sanskrit and Palli term for "continuous movement" or "continuous flow"), which means "the wheel" - the wheel of confusion, disorder, suffering. This happens to everyone. If you do not "awake”, you also continue to "sleep" and sleep here means to be inside Samsara, inside that confusion; which means not knowing the Truth about yourSelf, who You are. If you do not know the Truth about yourself, you continue on that model. So you are born, grow up, marry, have children, become president of the republic, someone important and famous, but you continue miserable, unhappy.

Do you understand this or is it difficult to accept? Anyone here want to become important, famous, rich? Is that your life goal? To then die? Because everyone dies ... Even you are going to die! And samsara goes on. The theater goes on, but you disappear. It is necessary to "awake", because only then you can go back "home". Then, Samsara ends, just like the illusion of being "someone"; the story of this character ends. When this character ends, the suffering ends, and all the mediocrity and stupidity to want to be "someone" and fix the world ends. Everything is Samsara, which is not your business; Samsara is God's business! It is Him who takes care of all this, of this appearance, of this "sleep".

This is paradoxical because God has nothing to do with it, and yet this is a subject of Him. This is not a subject of yours either, but paradoxically it is a subject totally yours. You have to "awake" to see this. This theater never existed and you never existed as a character, but you have to "awake" to know this. When you "awake", you discover that all this is a great divine game, a great fun of God. Verify This is the Realization of the Truth about yourself. This is Being, Consciousness, Happiness! This is to know Yourself! It is to know why you were born, and, paradoxically, to know that you were never born.

*Originally published in Portuguese in July 11, 2017
 **Transcribed from a talk on an online meeting at the night of June 2nd, 2017. Online meetings via Paltalk every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10 p.m.

November 24, 2017

Understand this in your heart

It is necessary that you understand this deeply in your heart: there is no way to find Happiness in objects, in people, in relationships... There is no way to find Happiness by traveling all over the world, as a tourist. This is not in museums, works of art, Disney World, amusement parks, ballet or musical concerts.

Happiness is not outside. Happiness is realized in God! God is Happiness, the Happiness of your Being! Satsang means this encounter with Happiness, because it means the encounter with Being, the encounter with God, the encounter with your True Nature. This is fatal to the ego, to this "sense of someone" present in the experience, in search of something on the outside. Realization is Happiness, because it is the end of duality.

Do you know what the end of duality means? It is the end of the illusion of the separation between "I" and God, "I" and the world - an "I" that the mind projects as being real. God is the only Reality, but not this "God" that the mind projects. The Self is the only Reality, but not this "self" that the mind projects. The real Self is God! The Real God is the Self, that "I Am" that You are! So, you are God! This is the end of duality! God everywhere! It is not that "person-me", that "I" in a world, it is only God, the Supreme Happiness, the only Reality, Sat-Chit-Ananda.

Therefore, our Real Nature is the Nature of God, and that is the only "Thing" you can trust. Your Being has the essential quality for the real and true Happiness: it is timeless, it is self-fulfilling, it has its own brightness, it is immutable, it is not dependent on anything, it is beyond body and mind, beyond duality. Even if your body is sick, even if it is said that your body is dying, it does not affect You. Your Being is the Nature of God, It has the attributes of God: it is non-dual, is timeless, is immutable, is unborn, is omnipotent, is omniscient.

Therefore, realize your Self, your real Identity, the true Self. Realize God! You were born to realize It! I say this because you are accomplishing things that you were not born to accomplish. For the realization of this Happiness, the only real one, you do not need to get marriage, children, fame... You do not need to perform any of these things that you are seeking to accomplish! You just have to realize What You Are! Do realize Your Self! Happiness is your state of Being! True Happiness is just Being! God is the perfect and absolute Happiness! The Love, the Peace and the Joy of God are the real Happiness! It has nothing to do with anything outside, with absolutely anything external.

*Originally published in Portuguese in July 7, 2017
 **Transcribed from a talk at an online meeting on May 8th, 2017 - Online meeting  every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10:00 p.m (Local time: Brazil – Brasilita BRT).

November 22, 2017

You cannot determine the thought

Our proposal in Satsang is to signal out to you what cannot be discussed, questioned, that thing you cannot have any doubt about it. And what is this? Something that is prior to the thought, to any feeling, to any sensation, to any sensory perception. You may have many questions, many doubts, about what revolves around this "your life", but you cannot doubt what perceives all this. You cannot doubt yourself, that Presence prior to any thought, feeling, sensation, perception, or experience of the world, of life.

Notice that all your problems revolve around the surrounds, what is around you, what is on the outside. There is no problem in you! Every problem is in the thought, in the feeling, in the sensation, in the perception, in the emotion about you; not in you. It is in the thought, in the sensation, in the feeling, in the experience, in the life around you that there is a problem. That, which is prior to the thought, has no problem. That, which is prior to sensation, feeling, emotion, body, intellect, mind, ego, has no problem. Is not it like this?

It is easy to see that. Before waking up from deep sleep, you have no problem, because when there is no dream, there is no world, there is no body, there is no intellect, there is no sensation, there is no perception, there is no emotion, there is no desire, there is no fear. 

Participant: I feel anguish, sadness, but I do not know how or why it arises. I also do not know how to solve this.

Master Gualberto: Here, the point is that there is nothing on the outside. You believe the cause of all your pain, all your suffering, all your despair is on the outside. It is not on the outside, but on this false sense of the "I" present in the experience of thought, emotion, sensation, perception, that is, in the experience of the world. This creates the sense of the ego, the notion of the body, the intellect and everything else. This sense of "me", of "someone" within the experience of thoughts, feelings, sensations, perceptions, is creating the whole problem. This is creating the illusion of an external world, which is the illusion of a present inner entity. There is no such inner entity!

You need to be in your Self, in your True Nature, where there is no problem, no conflict, no suffering, because there is no illusion of "anyone" present in the thought, in the sensation, in the emotion, in the perception, in the experience of the world. There is "no one" in the world!! In your Being, sensations, perceptions, thoughts and emotions are a phenomenon without identity. Since there is no identity, it is not happening to someone, so it is something with no importance.

Everything is so complicated there, because the illusion is that everything is happening to you, that all this is personal. When things do not go well, they do not go well "to me" - "I am not lucky", "I have a heavy karma", "The worst always happens to me" ... It is always the same illusion: this "me" in the experience of what it is happening - "Everyone is happy, I am not"; "Everyone is fine, I do not"; "Everything goes wrong"; "Everything wrong happens to me"... And there is the opposite: "I am the best, I am better than all"; "I am the best at what I do"; "I am a unique being, someone very important". There are many examples.

The basic illusion is always the same: "me"; "I and good things to me"; "I and bad things happening to me". The old-fashioned illusion of the "me". Therefore, you must remain prior to the experience, to the experimentation, to the sensation, to the perception of this “me”, prior to the personal and particular thought attached to the history of a supposed present entity. So, you remain in your Real Nature, free from the sense of "me", free from the thinker, free from this illusion. There is no thinker, there is no perceiver. There is only the phenomenon as a momentary appearance, without an author, without "someone" in it.

Notice what I am saying... You cannot determine the thought! You do not know the next thought that will arise! It is so interesting that if I ask you what your last thought was, you do not remember it either. And why not? Because it was not yours. What was your last thought? What will your next thought be?

The remembrance only happens, and the remembrance is the thought happening now. The thought happens now and you call it a reminder from the past, but there is no memory taking place, it is the thought going on. You do not remember things as you want to, you remember when the memory appears. It is easy to see this when you forget something you want to remember, but you cannot do it, because there is no one able to remember it, there is only the remembrance. When it appears, it appears; when it does not appear, it does not appear. The effort to remember does not make the remembrance possible, on the contrary, when you want to remember something, forget about it! And the sooner you forget the need to remember, the easier the thought can reappear. That is the way it is, is not it? It is exactly like this.

The fact is that there is not the thinker bringing the thought from the past or producing it in the present. You do not control thoughts because there is no "you". You cannot stop the thought, increase or decrease the speed of its appearance. They happen because they happen, and you do not know what to do! You cannot do anything, because there is no "you".

So, give up on the illusion of being the experiencer, the thinker, the doer, the controller, the one who determines what will happen in next time, half an hour or thirty years from now, because there is no one there. The best possible option, which is the only one, is to stay here and now free from the illusion of "someone" in that experience. When this is present, the future takes care of itself, and the future is now.

Satsang means Consciousness, and Consciousness is timeless. This means that there is no problem in your Being, in your True Nature. All problems are created, produced, in the illusion of a present entity trying to change, to shape, to adjust, to change what it is present. Therefore, Happiness, Love, Freedom and Peace do not represent an internal state, a personal state. Happiness, Love, Freedom and Peace represent the impersonal nature of this Consciousness, which is You in your Real Being, in your True Nature.

*Originally published in Portuguese in July 5, 2017
**Transcribed from an online meeting on April 10, 2017 - Meetings every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10pm BRT (Brasília Time Zone) - Download Paltalk App and participate. The room is only available at the time of the meeting. Set up according to your timezone.

November 20, 2017

Life carries no history

The basis for the revelation of the Truth is this investigation of yourself, about who you truly are. Until that moment, you are confusing yourself with the illusion of being present in this human experience, for you have been brought up to believe in it. You see yourself as an entity, a person, someone present within the body. It is necessary to go beyond this illusion!

Your conditioning says to you that you are separate, experiencing objects separate from you. The eyes see things outside; The ears are listening to sounds that come from outside; The smell also comes from the outside. That is, the senses are turned outwards, to external sensations, and this is the illusion that there is separation between the experiencer and what he experiences - the experimenter inside and the experience outside. In this way, there are subject and object, and this is not true.

All experience is happening without the experiencer; It is only the experience of this Consciousness. Without Consciousness there is no experience. It is the thought that has a story to tell about the illusion between the experimenter and the thing experienced, but thought is only an imagination, a fiction, another experience also in this Consciousness.

It is very interesting, something very important, because when it is clear, understood, even intellectually, that there is no separation between thought and thinker, observed thing and observer, who listens and what is heard, this is already a basis for us not to trust anymore this illusion there is someone present.

"Someone present" is only a conditioning, a belief. There is no "someone!" For example, here the illusion is that there is separation - "we are here and you are there". So, there would be, in this same room, in this present moment, someone or some in Brazil, others in India, others in the United States and others in Singapore, which is not true! There is only one experience happening right now, and it is this Consciousness. It takes form, sound, the "listening", the locality (Brazil, Singapore, United States, etc.) and so on, but it is the same Consciousness in its expression. A single present Reality.

We are forty-two participants in this Paltalk room [online meeting via the app Paltalk], and here we have five more in person. However, there are no "people" in this room. There is no "one" speaking and "others" listening. What we have is only the experience itself, in itself. The experience in itself is Consciousness, not an experience for "someone." It is the experience within itself, by itself, in itself. This experience is pure Consciousness, pure Presence. This is the basis for the end of duality, of the sense of separation. When there is no duality, there is no conflict, fear, and suffering. Your whole problem lies in the illusion that "you" are there in the experience of this "someone," of this "me," of that "I" ("I and my story", "I and my pain", "I and my problems").

So, the real way of dealing with thoughts is not to get confused with them. In other words, it is not to see yourself as the thinker of them.

Every problem begins because you believe in being in control, being responsible for, but if you observe closely, you will realize that thoughts happen in the same way as the rain: without any control of yours. When these thoughts happen and you believe they are yours, you get confused with the story they tell and, then, you end up existing in this illusion of being someone who has problems.

All these thoughts revolve around this self-image, which is what you believe you are. It is this self-image that has problems - problems with other people, emotional, psychological, health problems; Problems with the past, with the future ... Self-image, this "sense of I" is struggling to change things, which is an illusion. Thus, conflict, suffering and fear remain.

Life carries no history. Life is what presents itself in this present moment, at this moment. Therefore, there are no thoughts about what happens, there is no past, present and future. There is no "one" responsible for or able to deal with it.

In India, they call Maya this illusion of duality, separateness, the existence of an "I" and what happens outside, in the form of people, places and objects; "I and my story"; "I, the world and God". So we need to go deep toward that, to let go of this illusion of duality, of separateness - Maya.

Participant: On November of 2016, one of my best friends got involved in a car accident and died on the spot. She had a five-year-old son... The question is: how could I overcome this fear?

Master Gualberto: It is not about "a fear." We must approach this thing called fear. The fear attached to a particular situation, or to any other situation is always fear. It does not matter what we are afraid of, because there is only fear. Now, why is fear present? That is the question! Why is fear present? Because the sense of separation is present. The sense of separation is based on thought, on what it "tells" about what happens. Notice that thought happens in time. That is, when there is room for time, there is room for thought.

It is when thought appears that fear appears. Thought is the basis of fear; It is the basis of this separation between this "I" and the imminent danger to that "I." The illusion of the "I" sustains the illusion of danger to this "I", and the thought is what sustains this.

Fear is something always connected to time, because it is something always linked to thought. Thought always deals with the past or the future where fear is possible. If there is no past or future, there is no thought, and therefore there is no fear. So, my recommendation here is: Abandon the thought! Abandon the "I"! That is possible now!

*Originally published in Portuguese in May 31, 2017
**Speech transcribed from an online meeting on the night of April 17, 2017
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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 in 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 in 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 in July 14, 2017 
**Speech transcribed from a face-to-face meeting on August, 2016
 in the city of Cabedelo, state of Paraiba, Brazil.