On the spiritual path, it is important we realise that we have two hearts: the physical and the spiritual hearts and, that each heart affects the health and wellbeing of the other. The physical heart beats within our body, while the spiritual heart beats within our soul. Nurturing the Spiritual Heart is a thematic reading of understanding the Soul in our spiritual advance.
Nurturing the Spiritual Heart Program
On the spiritual path, it is important we realise that we have two hearts: the physical and the spiritual hearts and, that each heart affects the health and wellbeing of the other. The physical heart beats within our body, while the spiritual heart beats within our soul.
We are aware of the importance of a good physical heart to the functioning of the body. We must eat and drink properly. But what of the spiritual heart? What food and drink must it have? It is known that stress adversely affects the physical heart, therefore it is necessary to find ways of replacing stress with inner peace. The spiritual heart is the repository of love, inner joy and peace. Therefore we need to be loving, joyful and peaceful within ourselves, no matter what is happening in our lives and no matter what kind of work we do – at home and/or in the world. When we have these qualities, we give the spiritual heart space to grow and to glow and our radiant heart affects every part of our lives for the better – physical, mental and spiritual.
It is important to nurture and nourish the spiritual heart, to protect it from negative reaction, neglect and abuse. This requires inner strength and resolve to do right action. First, we need to believe in its existence, for it cannot be seen with the physical eyes. Then we need to develop the will power to tend to it, as much as one takes care of anything or anyone else in life. We need to treat our own spiritual heart with love, respect and reverence.
Sathya Sai Baba says, the indwelling Lord resides within each of us, within our hearts. It is therefore proper to ask ourselves, “How am I treating God within?”
To have confidence in the Self, the indwelling Lord, is the first step towards tending the spiritual heart, from which all else follows. Such an understanding will eventually give us freedom from suffering the effects of the inevitable the ups and downs of life.
Sai Baba recommends the following integrated treatments for the spiritual heart, to make it healthy and strong:
Spiritual Practice: We undertake spiritual practice such as meditation, singing bhajans, chanting the Gayathri mantra, repeating the name of God etc., to purify the mind, to create a space through which Divinity within us can manifest.
Education: We learn through study circles and workshops to develop self awareness and to reflect upon the power and wisdom of the Omnipresent Divinity.
Service: We learn and earn the joy that by serving others we are really serving our spiritual heart, by giving it the fertiliser of Love in action.
It is no coincidence that Sai Baba says that Ladies Program should have three strands, spiritual, educational and service. These three ‘treatments’ form the arteries of the Heart of the Ladies Program. By gathering together with a deep sense of unity and willingness to work and grow spiritually, our true and Divine hearts will beat as One.
The following documents are available:
Stage 1. The Spiritual Heart Flower
Module 1. Petals of the Spiritual Heart; Module 2. The Heart Garden of God.
Stage 2. The Spiritual Heart Love
Module 1. God is Love in the Heart; Module 2. Continuous, Intense Love; Module 3. The Sweetness of Love; Module 4. Purifying and Offering the Spiritual Heart; Module 5. Connecting to God’s Heart.
Stage 3: The Spiritual Heart Truth
Module 1. Truth is the Spiritual Heart; Module 2. The Atmic Heart is ‘I’; Module 3. Truth and Surrendering the Heart.
Stage 4: The Spiritual Heart Righteousness
Module 1. The Heart Path of Dharma; Module 2. Purify the Heart Through Dharma; Module 3. Dharma as Duty.
Stage 5: The Spiritual Heart Peace
Module 1. Peace in the World; Module 2. Inner Peace; Module 3. Peace in Silence and Stillness
Stage 6: The Spiritual Heart Non-violence
Module 1. Practising Nonviolence; Module 2. Anger and the Importance of Self Control; Module 3. Transcending the Three Gunas; Module 4. Practising Forgiveness; Module 5. Repentance and Atonement.