SEED QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION: How do you relate to the distinction between the boss and the attendants? Can you share a personal story of a time you were able to understand from both the heart and the head? What helps you integrate your head with your heart?
Intellect gives us the discerning power-gives us wisdom ( or Panya)--helps us to distinguish between right and wrong actions. However the intellect acquires its power when the mind is quiet. We acquire this discerning power when the mind is quiet since we look at things with the help of intellect through the prism or lens of mind. We can not see things clearly when our prism or lens is clouded. It is important to tame or quieten the mind in order for us to acquire discerning power. Our mind is always under constsnt agitation--lots of thoughts bouncing around--just like Brownian motion. These random thoughts take away our Wisdom. Finally I think that we often loosely use the term heart instead of mind--it is a part of our physical existence that regulates blood flow in our body. Probably we mean mind when we use the word heart. Similarly we often end up using the word brain instead of intellect.
" What is most important is always hidden' These words resonate with a saying I had learned from my dad a long time ago.. It is in Sanskrit: Dharmasysa tatvam nihitam guhayam-the essence of harmonious land joyful living resides hidden in the cave of our heart. Heart is the source of the mystical, nurturing, and loving-kindness energy that creates, sustains and flourishes our purpose of living.Living from the heart creates deep and happy connections with all living beings regardless of the differences.
We seem to be giving more emphasis on the mind or head in many areas and aspects of our life.In the world we live in, science and technology are more valued than what is created form the heart. This creates imbalance in our life. It deprives us of the joyful, peaceful and happy dance of life. We need both-heart and head; compassion and intellect. When head overtakes heart, we suffer. We need a dialectical balance between both.
We need to cultivate discrimination for making wise choices. Meditation brings us closer to our heart and helps us embrace life more deeply and meaningfully with ease and simplicity. Mind creates achievement; heart creates fulfillment.Like the author says, "A spirit of service fills our being and overflows. What we are seeking begins to find us."
Recently, we had a very animated discussion in our family. My youngest grand daughter is in the last her of high school. Her older sister and her best friend are in the medical field. They kept on advising her to go for medicine. Her uncle and the other grand father are in the engineering field advising and encouraging her to go for engineering. All of them were advising her to make use of her high intelligence and high academic performance. None of them were mentioning anything about how her heart feels. What her intuitive voice was whispering to her. All of them love my grand daughter and want her to be a great achiever using her intelligence. My suggestion to her was to meditate and listen to her voice with an open mind and open heart and follow what feels deeply and clearly right. She knows how I have chosen my path.At the end of our discussion, we all wished her well.
May we take time out, meditate, and listen to our inner voice quietly when we encounter confusion, conflict and uncertainty!
Jagdish P Dave
A boss is in charge, and an attendant serves. Thinking makes a fine attendant and a terrible boss. I like Chesterton's statement that "The madman is not the one who has lost his reason, it is the one who has lost everything but his reason." I've learned to be suspicious of reason. And I believe what Oscar Wilde said, that nothing worth knowing can be taught. It must be learned, probably through experience. My learning through experience involves my heart and head, making for personal and deeper learning. One's head and heart are naturally integrated, and the problem is when they become separated, like so often happens in school. That's what makes learning in school so inefficient. I now know that all of me thinks, not just my head. 'Heart thinking' is different than head thinking -- both are useful and knowing that helps me listen to both, with heart getting priority. And the top dog is the soul, the source of both head and heart, but that's a different story.[Hide Full Comment]