Sunday, July 22, 2007

The heart connecting

There is a quality of beauty that unfolds from this friendship. It is a bridge, which links the manifestation of diversity, which lies at the very heart of Creation. By being the Eternal Friend, the Indwelling Lord or Sat Guru, who is found at the center of the mandala, accompanies the disciple on the spiritual way, but does not destroy the individual freedom of each seeker. To be a friend, is to be a fellow pilgrim. We recall the image of Christ who is often depicted as on the way to that final destination which culminated not in the Cross, but in the Resurrection. Jesus appears after his death to the two disciples on the way to Emmaus. He shares with them an understanding of the hidden meaning which lies at the heart of the whole Biblical tradition. He shows the disciples how every image in the Prophets points to the Truth of his life and death. But having given them the key to his story, he makes as though to continue on his path, reluctant to stop with them at their resting place in Emmaus. Later, they finally come to recognize him in the breaking of bread. But in the very moment of recognition, he disappears. It is then that his friends, whom he had reprimanded for being “slow of heart to believe” now confessed: “Did not our hearts burn within us, as he talked to us on the road?”

Finally speaking the yoga of the heart, is to be found in an openness which sees the Reality through a shared vision on the Way. The yoga of the heart is about deep feelings that cannot be simply defined by dogmatic statements. It is a way of understanding which works through images, and the intuition, rather than rational, discursive thought. It is a way of being hospitable, and of meeting God not through a direct vision, but through a friendship, which unfolds slowly, by traveling together with Christ on the journey of life.

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