Our essential and ultimate nature is Hridaya, the Spiritual Heart. It is the indescribable aspect of our being. It's a different term for atman (the Supreme Self). The Supreme Consciousness, the ultimate Subject, the pure “I,” is the Spiritual Heart. It's the Witness Consciousness, our own observer of all our thoughts, feelings, and experiences, as well as the entire Universe in both its inner and outer dimensions.
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Do we have a spiritual heart?
The physical heart is the biological organ that we are all familiar with. It continuously circulates blood, supplying oxygen and energy to all cells. This heart, which is placed in the left chest, is essential to the body's survival. The Anahata, or heart chakra, is an energy center in the subtle body that is placed in the middle of the chest. For the most part, something is partially stuck or blocked, resulting in bodily and emotional difficulties. The spiritual heart, which is somewhat to the right of the body's midline, is the most important heart. Only serious spiritual searchers who are on a quest to understand the True Self inside can glimpse this heart.
What are the characteristics of a healthy spiritual heart?
Gratitude, hope, forgiveness, and love are among them. We will have a healthy heart if we discipline ourselves to be grateful every day for what God has done, if we hope when things seem hopeless, if we forgive those who hurt us, and if we love our adversaries rather than just those who love us.
However, having a spiritually healthy heart, like our physical heart, necessitates more than knowledge. We may recognize the importance of being appreciative, hopeful, forgiving, and loving. But how can you cultivate genuine appreciation, hope, forgiveness, and love in your heart?
This necessitates a spiritual heart transplant in the spiritual sphere. God must develop a new heart within us, which He is more than capable of doing. We all have spiritual heart disease from birth. “The heart is more deceitful than all else, and it is desperately sick; who can comprehend it?” says Jeremiah. (Jeremiah 17:9)
“I will give them a heart to know Me, for I am the Lord,” he says later, “and they will be My people, and I will be their God.” (Jeremiah 24:7) “Moreover, I will give you a new heart and place a new spirit inside you,” He promises in Ezekiel, “and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh.” (Ezekiel 36:26).
God brought His son Jesus into the world to help us develop a healthy heart full of gratitude, hope, forgiveness, and love. He transforms a calloused, bitter, and resentful heart into one that overflowing with gratitude. Our physical hearts will eventually stop beating and our bodies will perish. However, God's spiritually healthy heart will live forever.
Why is the heart important spiritually?
We're starting a new series this week on the kind of heart Christians should have.
The heart is a muscular organ that pumps life-giving blood to all areas of the human body via the circulatory system, which is made up of several blood vessels (arteries, veins, and capillaries). This gives our bodies with the oxygen and nutrition they require to survive.
A healthy heart pumps the appropriate amount of blood at the appropriate rate, allowing the human body to function as God intended.
As a result, I believe it is reasonable to state that the human heart is one of the most vital organs God has given us.
I believe it is also acceptable to claim that the heart is one of the most essential spiritual organs. But the heart I'm referring about isn't the physical organ; rather, it's the spiritual component of the body that houses emotions and wants.
What does God say about a pure heart?
According to what Jesus said, “The pure in heart are blessed, for they will see God (Matthew 5:8).”
This benediction, one of the beatitudes that opens the Lord's Sermon on the Mount, serves as a powerful reminder that pleasing God requires more than just doing the right things. It's a question of the heart. While mankind may judge by appearances, God judges by the heart (cf. 1 Samuel 16:7). And while we may deceive ourselves about the state of our hearts, God is never deceived. As the adage goes, “In his own eyes, a man's actions are right, but the Lord considers the heart (Proverbs 21:2; ESV).”
Part of Jesus' Sermon on the Mount included a reminder of the necessity of getting one's heart right with God. Adultery is wicked, but Jesus also warned us that lust is a filthy interior sin of the heart (cf. Matthew 5:27-30). While murdering others was undoubtedly wrong, Jesus told out that another sin of the heart, anger, would also lead a person to hell (cf. Matthew 5:21-22). We shall be held accountable for our actions in the body (2 Corinthians 5:10), but we will also be held accountable for our thoughts.
The blessing that Jesus bestows on those who have a pure heart makes sense: if we are evaluated by our hearts, then those who have pure hearts will be the ones who will enter heaven. The blessing granted, like several other beatitudes, is a figure of speech describing redemption. “Be comforted,” “Inherit the earth,” “Receive Mercy,” and “See God” are all different ways of conveying “They will be in Heaven.”
On the other hand, if our hearts are not clean, we shall not be in heaven on the last day (cf. Psalm 24:3-5). The Pharisees and scribes were given this warning by Jesus. He advised His followers that they wouldn't be able to enter the Kingdom of Heaven until they outperformed the Pharisees in holiness (Matthew 5:20). Pharisees, he subsequently warned, were blind guides who would lead their followers to disaster (Matthew 15:14), and that they were keeping themselves and others out of the Kingdom (Matthew 23:13). According to Jesus, part of the problem, if not all of it, was that the Pharisees' inward parts were wicked, despite their external piety. As a result, Jesus offered them a colorful description, saying, “Woe to you, hypocrites, scribes and Pharisees! For you are like whitewashed tombs that appear beautiful on the outside but are full of dead people's bones and filth on the inside. So you, too, appear upright on the outside but are full of hypocrisy and wickedness on the inside. (ESV; Matthew 23:27-28) ” The Pharisees were a religious sect “I have a heart condition.”
Despite this, “Although “heart difficulties” can be difficult for males to recognize at times, there are specific warning indicators we can look for to determine if we have such a problem.
There is, of course, the issue of sin. The Pharisees' hearts caused them to reject Jesus and want to kill Him. Such behavior does not come from good hearts. Instead, as Jesus said, “Murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, and slander are all bad thoughts that flow from the heart (Matthew 15:19; ESV).” When we observe a spouse cheat on his wife, a man steal from another, or someone spreading lies and gossip, we may reasonably conclude that there is a heart problem at the root of the action. It's pointless to complain that our hearts are in the right place when our feet are speeding down the wrong road.
A pure heart will give birth to pure words and acts. We can't get salt water out of a fresh water spring, and we can't get fresh water out of the ocean, thus we can't obtain righteousness out of a wicked heart, and wickedness won't arise from a pure heart (cf. James 3:10-11).
However, there is a solution; one that is pretty obvious. The Bible exhorts us to, “God will draw near to you if you get near to Him. Purify your hands, you sinners, and your hearts, you double-minded (James 4:8; ESV).” Despite the fact that our hearts are sinful, God gives a way to cleanse them and knowledge to fill them with pure and pleasant things. It begins with a recognition of what we've done and why we've done it, followed by repentance as we draw near to God and allow Him to wash us clean.
Our continual prayer, like the Psalmist's, should be, “Create in me a pure heart, O God (Psalm 51:10).”
How do I awaken my spirit?
The spiritual journeyand the resulting “spiritual awakening” we seekalways appears to take place in some exotic location or following a spectacular incident.
Perhaps you believe you need to travel to Peru to drink ayahuasca or leave your spouse to get the spiritual awakening you seek?
From the comfort of your own home, you may connect with your spirituality and awaken to the lessons that are meant for you over and over again throughout your life.
How do you examine your heart?
Your doctor will check your heart rate and rhythm by feeling your pulse. Each pulse corresponds to a heartbeat that circulates blood via your veins.
Your doctor can use your pulse to determine the strength of your blood flow and blood pressure in various parts of your body.
By feeling your pulse, you can detect how quickly and how regular your heart beats. The amount of times your heart beats in one minute is your heart rate.
- Place your index and middle fingers on the opposite arm's inner wrist, right below the base of the thumb. A tapping or pulsing sensation should be felt against your fingers.
Using a stethoscope, your doctor can hear the opening and closing of your heart valves in addition to monitoring your pulse.