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Is Your Heart Pure Enough To Witness Spirit?

Is Your Heart Pure Enough To Witness Spirit?

You are not going to follow a path that doesn’t feel natural for very long, nor will it bring the growth you need, however well intentioned you are. There is a center in the body where love and spirit are joined, and that center is the heart. It is your heart that aches or swells with love, that feels compassion and trust, that seems empty or full.

Within the heart is a subtler center that experiences spirit, but spirit is not felt as an emotion or physical sensation. How, then, can you contact it?

According to spiritual masters, spirit is experienced first as the absence of what is not spirit. In India this is described as Netti, netti, which means, “Not this, not that.” Spirit is not caused; it is not bound by time and space; it is not a sensation that can be seen, touched, heard, tasted, or smelled.

This may seem like a baffling way to define something, but imagine that you had never seen the color white, that the whole world consisted of red, green, blue, and all the other hues. Then one day a master came to you with a black shirt and said, “If you wash this enough times, you will see that it is white.” If you ask to see white before you wash the shirt, what you ask is impossible. Black is the sum of all colors, and only if you wash them all away will white appear.

In the same way your present life is one of sensations, not just colors but all the stimulus that comes through the senses. Some of these sensations may be very pleasurable, but none of them is adequate to tell you what spirit is. Spirit lies beneath the layers of sensations. To experience it you must go to the heart and meditate upon it until everything that obscures spirit is cleansed.

Adapted from The Path to Love, by Deepak Chopra (Three Rivers Press, 1997).

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Deepak Chopra

Acknowledged as one of the world's greatest leaders in the field of mind body medicine, Deepak Chopra, M.D. continues to transform our understanding of the meaning of health. Chopra is known as a prolific author of over 49 books with 12 best sellers on mind-body health, quantum mechanics, spirituality, and peace. A global force in the field of human empowerment, Dr. Chopra's books have been published in more than 35 languages with more than 20 million copies in print.


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4:59PM PST on Jan 16, 2012

Thank you so much Dot. Sublime.

2:50PM PST on Jan 16, 2012

no words,
not even a sound
nor a whisper in the still of midnight

not the stars - not the moon
not the space of which the stars are placed

but all - known by the heart
of the universe

knowing love

more beautifully
than 'anything'


6:48AM PST on Jan 2, 2012

Deep meditation helps you to attune your thoughts. This results in healing your heart of life's heartaches

12:04PM PDT on Jul 10, 2011

Thank you.

10:46AM PDT on Apr 24, 2011


8:52AM PDT on Apr 23, 2011

thanks for sharing

6:14AM PDT on Apr 22, 2011

Thank you!

11:15PM PDT on Apr 21, 2011

Thank you Deepak - it's simply one of the most important reasons to meditate... I love your guidance in that it is neccessary to :
"go to the heart and meditate upon it until everything that obscures spirit is cleansed."

10:46PM PDT on Apr 21, 2011

Yes! And please, let's give God respect: PLEASE SIGN THIS CARE2 PETITION:

8:52PM PDT on Apr 21, 2011

There is nothing discrete about the colours... they all merge one into another along the visible spectrum. They do not have sounds or smells associated with them - those are other senses.

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