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The Heart Beyond Hearts

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Devotional practices such as prayer and worship often activate the emotional heart first and then, gradually, they awaken the spiritual heart. The spiritual heart is beyond emotions. Spiritual life is a life rooted in the spirit, and the spirit is discovered in the light of buddhi. The light of buddhi is not different from the light of the spirit. Seeing that light is really being that light. It is through the spiritual heart that we enter the realm of being. According to Vedanta, we have become mortal, imperfect, and bound by forgetting our atman nature. In order to recover our apparently lost memory, we have to end the process of becoming and begin the process of being what we always areimmortal, perfect and free.

Keywords: buddhi; devotional practices; spiritual heart



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