© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2008 DOI: 10.1163/156852908X271006 Religion and the Arts 12 (2008) 186–189 www.brill.nl/rart RELIGION and the ARTS Th e Heart beyond Hearts Swami Tyagananda Ramakrishna Vedanta Society, Boston Abstract Many religious traditions ascribe to the term “heart” a meaning that goes beyond the phys- ical and the emotional levels. In Hinduism, the discovery of the spiritual heart is generally seen as a precursor to higher experiences that transcend the mind and the senses, and cul- minate in the vision of God. Th is essay brieﬂy describes the Hindu view of the spiritual heart, where the heart is located, and how it is experienced. Keywords Atman, meditation, self, spiritual experience, spiritual heart, Upanishad W hile “heartless” is a commonly used, legitimate word in the English language, it is literally an impossibility. No human being is really heartless, unless the word is used in a metaphorical way. Everyone has a heart. In fact, not just “a” heart but more than one heart. Th e heart we are most familiar with is the anatomical heart, a hollow, muscular organ that pumps blood throughout the body. Our second heart is the emotional heart, which is the seat of emotions
Religion and the Arts – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2008
Keywords: SELF; UPANISHAD; SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCE; SPIRITUAL HEART; MEDITATION; ATMAN
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