HAPPINESS COMES FROM THE HEART
Each of us is connected to the other at the core of our being – in the Heart. In this same way we are also connected to animals, plants, fishes, insects and even rocks and atoms because every aspect of this universe arises from a center and we all share the same center. Our happiness comes from here. The following is reprinted from the Author’s book 108 Hugs for Jesus.
In Hindu yogic science, the heart center or Hridaya, is regarded as the seat of the soul. In Sanskrit the word “hridaya” means “the center.”
This heart portal is the doorway to the Atmasurya or Great Sun of the Atman. The Atman is Brahman (God as formless and pure non-dual awareness) personalized as a universal soul. The Atman could be compared to Christ or Christ consciousness. At the core of existence, it is experienced as a blazing sun more powerful than millions of our suns thus surya means sun. Atmasurya is the blazing sun of infinite being. From this blazing sun of the Atmasurya radiates endless love, bliss and cosmic intelligence.
God is communicating with every aspect of our being including every cell through this portal in our chest. It is from here that God will inspire us, intuitively give solutions to problems and interact with us in countless practical ways if we can learn to remove our ego and develop our communion with the Sacred Heart. The more selfless we become, the more receptive we will be to this divine communion.
When we feel love it comes from here. Thus, the Sacred Heart is a place of great awakening. Herein awaits unimaginable, unconditional love – God’s love. By bathing in these waters we come to know that God loves us with such passion and intensity and that His love is unconditional. It does not matter what we have done or not done, God loves us so completely and without conditions - always. To follow are three quotes from a Hindu scriptural work called The Upanishads which means Breath of the Eternal.
“In the centre of the castle of the Infinite Spirit, which is Brahman, found in our own body, there is a small shrine shaped like a lotus flower in which there is a small space.
“We need to find out who lives there and we should desire to know Him.
“Why is it so important?
“Because this little space within our hearts is as great as the whole vast world outside. Heaven, earth, fire, wind, the sun, moon and stars; whatever is and whatever is not, everything is there, for the whole universe is in Him and He dwells in our hearts.
“The Spirit that lives in that space does not grow old and die. No one can ever kill the Spirit that is everlasting. The love of the universe dwells in the real castle of the Spirit, which we call Brahman (God). The Self, the Atman, desires only what is real, and thinks nothing but what is true.
“Just as the attendants of a king obey their master and are with him wherever he goes, so all love is truth and all thoughts of truth obey the Self.
If we depart this world not having found our Spirit and that love which is Truth, we do not realize liberation.” - Chandogya Upanishad
“Meditating on the lotus of your heart, in the center is the untainted; the exquisitely pure, clear, and sorrowless; the inconceivable; the unmanifest, of infinite form; blissful, tranquil, immortal; the womb of Brahma (God).”
“Bright but hidden, the Self dwells in the heart. Everything that moves, breathes, opens, and closes lives in the Self. He is the source of love and may be known through love but not through thought. He is the goal of life. Attain this goal!”
- Mundaka Upanishad
“O mysterious and incomprehensible Spirit! In the depths of my heart, there is only You—You, for all time.” - Anonymous
To follow is a quote by Ramana Maharshi, a famous Indian saint and mystic who passed away in 1950.
“The godly atom of the Self is to be found in the right chamber of the heart, about one finger-width’s distance from the body’s midline.
“Here lies the Heart, the dynamic Spiritual Heart. It is called hridaya, is located on the right side of the chest, and is clearly visible to the inner eye of an adept on the Spiritual Path. Through meditation you can learn to find the Self in the cave of this Heart.” - Ramana Maharshi
To follow is an explanation of the meaning of hridaya or center of the Self:
"Just as there is a cosmic center from which the whole universe arises and has its being and functions with the power or the directing energy emanating therefrom, so also is there a center within the frame of the physical body wherein we have our being. This center in the human body is in no way different from the cosmic center. It is this center in us that is called the Hridaya, the seat of Pure Consciousness, realized as Existence, Knowledge and Bliss. This is really what we call the seat of God in us.” - T. K. Sundaresa Iyer, Talks with Sri Ramana Maharshi
We may recall the vision of the Sacred Heart described by St. Margaret Mary, a French Roman Catholic nun. She describes the Divine Light of the Sun behind all suns:
“The Sacred Heart was represented to me as a resplendent sun, the burning rays of which fell vertically upon my heart, which was inflamed with a fire so fervid that it seemed as if it would reduce me to ashes.”
In the following quote, Jacob Boehme, (1575-1624) German Lutheran mystic and theologian, advises us that to know God we must return to the center of our own being.
“All our disputations and intellectual speculations in regard to the divine mysteries are useless; because they originate from external sources. God's mysteries can be only known by God, and to know them we must first seek God in our own center. Our reason and will must return to the inner source from which they originated; then will we arrive at a true science of God and His attributes.” Jacob Boehme, Where Is Heaven?