The Heart beyond Hearts

The Heart beyond Hearts © 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 http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Religion and the Arts Brill

The Heart beyond Hearts

Loading next page...
 
/lp/brill/the-heart-beyond-hearts-d4s5EOqOia
Publisher
BRILL
Copyright
© 2008 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
ISSN
1079-9265
eISSN
1568-5292
D.O.I.
10.1163/156852908X271006
Publisher site
See Article on Publisher Site

Abstract

© 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

Journal

Religion and the ArtsBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2008

Keywords: SELF; UPANISHAD; SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCE; SPIRITUAL HEART; MEDITATION; ATMAN

There are no references for this article.

You’re reading a free preview. Subscribe to read the entire article.


DeepDyve is your
personal research library

It’s your single place to instantly
discover and read the research
that matters to you.

Enjoy affordable access to
over 18 million articles from more than
15,000 peer-reviewed journals.

All for just $49/month

Explore the DeepDyve Library

Search

Query the DeepDyve database, plus search all of PubMed and Google Scholar seamlessly

Organize

Save any article or search result from DeepDyve, PubMed, and Google Scholar... all in one place.

Access

Get unlimited, online access to over 18 million full-text articles from more than 15,000 scientific journals.

Your journals are on DeepDyve

Read from thousands of the leading scholarly journals from SpringerNature, Elsevier, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford University Press and more.

All the latest content is available, no embargo periods.

See the journals in your area

DeepDyve

Freelancer

DeepDyve

Pro

Price

FREE

$49/month
$360/year

Save searches from
Google Scholar,
PubMed

Create lists to
organize your research

Export lists, citations

Read DeepDyve articles

Abstract access only

Unlimited access to over
18 million full-text articles

Print

20 pages / month

PDF Discount

20% off