What is the spiritual heart?


Most of the meditation techniques given by Sri Chinmoy involve the heart chakra, which we also call the ‘spiritual heart’.  This is a kind of inner tool which we can use during our meditation.  It is different from our physical heart, although located in approximately the same place in the centre of the chest.  The spiritual heart is a source of great energy, peace and poise.  When we concentrate and meditate in this spiritual heart our silent communion with our inmost self offers us spontaneous self-knowledge.

“It is better to meditate on the heart than to meditate in the mind.  The mind is like Times Square on New Years Eve; the heart is like a remote cave in the Himalayas.  If you meditate in the mind, you will be able to meditate for perhaps five minutes; and out of that five minutes, for one minute you may meditate powerfully.  First you may get joy and satisfaction, but then you may feel a barren desert, or your mind will be crowded with thoughts once more.  But if you meditate on the heart, you acquire the capacity to identify yourself with the joy and satisfaction that you get, and then it becomes permanently yours.

There is a vast difference between what you can get from the mind and what you can get from the heart.  The mind is by nature limited; the heart is unlimited.  Deep within you are infinite peace, light and bliss.  To get a limited quantity is an easy task.  Meditation in the mind can give it to you.  But you can get infinitely more if you meditate on the heart.” – Sri Chinmoy

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