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Let heart rule the mind

columns Updated: May 30, 2013 00:15 IST
Rajesh Bhola

The original condition of mind and heart is perfect. The unconditioned mind listens to the heart and delights in the miracles of daily life, savours each taste, enjoys each breath, looks quite spontaneously with eyes of love and rolls down tears on the cheeks in the moments of pain and compassion.

The reason that we experience this bliss only rarely is that we are conditioned through and through by the mind. A spiritual practitioner allows the original nature of the heart to function.

There is great effort involved in fine-tuning of one’s heart in cultivating the mind.

It is like fine- tuning the strings of a musical instrument that will not make good music if the strings are too hard or too loose.

If a person listens too much of the mind, he will be unnecessarily hard on himself because the impulses of the mind come from a place beyond our conscious control; as long as the mind is alive, controls and cravings of one sort or another will arise.

An enlightened person is one with a big mind and a big heart. He is the one with a lot of capacity to take life in the stride and to reach out to people, both in good and in bad times. There are people who have very good minds but cannot respond to compassion for which they need a bigger heart to control over their mind.

Disengage the mind and step into your heart. Go with the heart which will work like a compass and will navigate you through this journey.

It is through our heart that we can change our conditioned behavior. When there is a perfect fusion of heart and mind, we do not hold on so much, and make fewer demands upon existence. We begin to relax, and ease more into the flow of things. We can delight in the good things of life when they are present, and accept change without protest when they end. It is in the deep understanding of suffering by heart that compassion comes to full bloom.