The Spiritual Heart – its role in our spiritual growth

The spiritual heart plays a very important role in our yoga sadhana. It is the chakra situated between the lower and upper three chakras and acts as a portal. Within this portal is a knot or granthi which must be untied before real spiritual progress can be made. This has been the most important lesson I learned in my yoga sadhana.

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The spiritual heart – the abode of love

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The heart chakra or Anahata is located in the centre of the chest, round about where the sternum is and it is often depicted as a 12-petalled lotus that is emerald green in colour. Contrary to what many folks might think, the heart chakra is not a thing we can tune but acts like a portal which we won’t be able to penetrate until we have learnt the important lesson of love. All spiritual paths lead to one realisation and that is love is everything. There is no spirituality if there is no heart.

The cosmic heart – abode of divine Love

Then there is the other heart. Located maybe about a foot above our head. This is the Cosmic Heart which is connected to the Crown Chakra or Sahasrara. It is the home of the incarnated soul or your higher consciousness. The home of divine Love. We need to work at drawing this down to our spiritual heart. If we were to look at Christian paintings, we would see a little bud of a flame above the saints’ heads. This golden flame may be known as pentecostal fire but essentially it is the same thing – divine love. To get to our Cosmic Heart requires us to first open our Spiritual Heart. Only then can we draw it down so that it can take up residence in our spiritual heart. This drawing down can be felt and tasted. It can be seen in the mind’s eye.

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Twin hearts meditation – to create an open conduit

It was from my pranic healing teacher, Master Choa Kok Sui, that I first learned about the essentialness of these two hearts which combine to form the Twin Hearts. The Twin Hearts meditation technique that Master Choa Kok Sui taught is to help us draw the two together. The goal of the Twin Hearts Meditation is to create an open conduit between the cosmic and spiritual hearts. Otherwise, there is no self-realisation. In my experience, this has been an important technique that has helped and continues to help support my efforts in creating a better version of myself every day.

twin hearts meditation

Master Choa has since passed on but he was a great yogi from the same tradition of Raja Yoga that my teachers belonged to. His teacher was also a master Raja yogi, Mahaguruji Mei Ling. Paramhansa Yogananda, Swami Vivekananda, the Buddha and all other great yogis have taught the same thing. There is no spirituality until we learn the truth of love. The path of the yogi is truly the path of the heart.

Related article: Twin Hearts Meditation.

Chandogya Upanishad – the lotus in the cave of the heart

The spiritual heart is mentioned in the Chandogya Upanishad, Part 8, Chapter 1, v.1-2:

“There is this city of Brahman, and in this city is a shrine, and in that shrine there is a small lotus, and in that lotus, there is a small space also known as akasa. Now what exists in that small space, what is to be sought, that is to be understood.”

“This inner shrine, guha or cave of the heart, of all human existence, is to be found.”

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The spiritual heart is likened to a lotus that grows in the cave of your heart. Your yoga sadhana will take you there at some point or other. There is no escaping the fact that we will be confronted with our ability to love or the lack thereof. Why is that so? Because the universal truth is that love is everything and that is why we are here for, to learn this important lesson on top of other things. Many of the elements in our yoga sadhana are there to support and help us on this path of learning and growth. Nothing describes this path better than the 3 ‘knots’ or ‘granthi’ which we must do our best to untie. Of the 3, the spiritual heart is said to be the most difficult but most essential. Love is indeed the greatest lesson for all of us. The path with heart is one where we will be given many lessons to learn to forgive, forget, let go, be wise, kind, and compassionate not because we want to achieve the goal of self-realisation but truly, it’s the only way to live as a yogi. Otherwise we are just bluffing ourselves.

The 3 knots or granthis

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