This is what we are really searching for. The heart lotus.
The Chandogya Upanishad speaks of such a lotus. It represents what we are looking for when we get on the path. “Within the cave of the heart, there is a lotus, and within it dwells that which is to be sought after, inquired about, and realized. What then is that which, dwelling within this lotus of the heart, is to be sought after, inquired about, and realized?” The search for the answer has been undertaken by countless others and it’s always been the same path that leads to the heart lotus. What is this lotus? Is it the heart chakra? Or, is it more than the heart chakra? The literature tells us this lotus represents the very essence of who we are. Our truth and reality. It is akin to God, a God that does not belong to any particular religion or belief. But the very Divine Source, the ocean to our drop of water.
And that’s what the awakening journey is all about. This is the basis of our quest. It is our ardent desire that drives us to seek to merge with this source who dwells in the lotus of the heart. It is to awaken and to make our way home. Meanwhile, we live out our life span in this world, each a lotus in this pond we call our lives, where deep down in the mud, in the network of tubers and roots, we are all connected. We are truly one in our happiness, struggles and quest. Whether you have a teacher beside you to guide you or you are all on your own with only your inner teacher as your guide, either way will still get you there. It’s the inner work you are willing to do.
So let us take that first step today and be the change that we hope to see in the world. You want more kindness? Love? Wisdom? Compassion? The work begins here, right where you find yourself, not some mountain cave or monastery, and it starts with our mind and heart. Search you may on the outside and yes, you have to honour the search but, at the end, what you want to find is right inside your mind and heart. This two must first be transformed before all else. This journey or quest is as much an outer as well as an inner one. You will find yourself having to let go of what’s not working for you anymore and then how you live your life on the outside will tell you how much more work there is to be done on the inside. The Buddha taught it and so did the yogis and Christ. Their teachings will help you find your way to the heart lotus.
The only way out is in.