Sunday, July 10th, 2016
What Hurts the Heart…
I was asked to deliver a message from the book Bhagavatam as a component to the morning sadhana (spiritual work-out). Families came to listen from the First Canto of the book. The verse had much to say about heart-cleansing. Our hearts have blockages that are described as knots. Then the purport to the verse, explained by our guru, Srila Prabhupada, addressed what the one major knot is. In Sanskrit it is referred to as ahankara. Ahankara means ego.
Most of us are aware of ego. We all have it and we are all rather good at holding it in place.
In any event, the ego hurts the heart. It is like some illness that you have. You cannot understand the source of the malady, only the symptoms.
We had a beautiful discussion on this subject. Then I got to thinking “That’s what I’m doing almost every day while walking and chanting.” These two functions alone help towards eradicating ego. Although I enjoy both activities, I will admit that they don’t necessarily offer adrenalin effects. No rush. I do, however, see and feel the power they wield, and how it’s all good for taming the mind through which the ego channels itself.
This is one of those unfortunate days where I did not walk, but some funds were raised over the last two days, for promoting our walking (and chanting) cause.
May the Source be with you!