Picture: Akaretler – Beşiktaş / İstanbul, year 2016.
‘You can build the mind if there is a heart, but if there is a brilliant mind and no heart, you can do nothing with it. It’s absolutely hopeless. This is why there is such an emphasis on the heart. The physical heart is the physical manifestation of the Anahata Chakra or the center of the Chalice—the heart of the Subtle Body.
Surya-Vidya—thus was the Teaching of the Heart sometimes called. In this definition was indicated the fieriness, the sun-like quality, the centrality of the heart. Verily, anyone who wishes to cognize the heart cannot approach it as only a part of the organism. First of all, one should recognize the centrifugal aspect of the heart and study outward from it, not inward toward it. The solar plexus is the antechamber of the temple of the heart.
The Kundalini is the laboratory of the heart. The brain and all the centers are the estates of the heart, because nothing can exist without the heart. Even the brain can be supplemented to a certain degree. Even the Kundalini can be somewhat nourished by a manifestation of electricity, and the solar plexus can be strengthened by blue light. The kundalini can be opened by using certain techniques, but it will not function like the heart. There is nothing you can do with it that you can’t do with the heart.
The heart stands as the temple of humanity. One cannot conceive of the unity of humanity by way of the brain or the Kundalini, but the radiance of the heart can bring together the most seemingly varied organisms, even across remote distances. This experiment, of the unification of hearts across distance, awaits its workers.
The heart is subtler than the mind. The mind is a coarse aspect of refinement, but the heart is the highest aspect of refinement. Everything is from the heart: Beauty, music, your vision, your hearing, everything. Many times people will say the heart is the most important thing and forget the mind. No, no, the mind is very important, but he is secondary. It’s like the magnetic field, which should have been discovered before electricity because it would be the perfect servant to electricity, as the heart is the perfect servant of the mind. When you have the heart and then the mind, you have the perfect balance. You start from within, discover the heart and bring it out. As Tagore says: ‘ It’s the king of the Dark Chamber that dwells within each person but is invisible because it is such a great and powerful thing.’ The ability to love: This is the magnet of the personality.
The heart in its full significance is a transmuter and a condenser. Often these processes happen to be so strong that human strength cannot suffice to contain and endure the tension. From antiquity has come the prayer about resigning one’s spirit to God. One should understand truly this surrender of the spirit. If you feel an unbearable anguish of the heart, transfer it mentally to the Lord. Thus you may join your heart with the Inexhaustible Source. Such action may be particularly needed when the tension of the entire planet is great. One must be prepared for the most diversified influences, both cosmic and human.
The ability to love is the first opening of the heart, even if it’s a personal love. From the heart you can operate that love and bring it into it’s impersonal expression. When you can love someone unselfishly, the heart is at work, and this is what is called the Cosmic Magnet. This love goes out into infinity, touches the Cosmic Magnet, and returns to radiate from you to all humanity.’
From the Agni Yoga Teachings
of Helena and Nicholas Roerich.
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