The Perfect Heart

Just a brief break from the 8 limbs.

As many of you know, I believe that everything happens for a reason and there are no coincidences. I think that maybe after my fifth reading of the Celestine Prophesy I was convinced of this. Many years after beginning my yoga practice I realized that my purpose in life is to have a positive impact on as many others as I can. I knew that my vehicle to carry me on this path was yoga. Whether it is the simple act of smiling at strangers, or teaching others yoga poses or philosophy, or just listening, I am always trying to stay aligned with my purpose. Many of you see me in classes, in person, but I have come across many peoples websites and blogs and follow some of them online. I have never met any of them personally, but there is a reason why I became aware of and follow their lives online. To some I send positive energy, and to others I send advice and comforting comments. This was the case last night. As I was reading a blog in which a young girl in her 20’s had recently broken up with her boyfriend, I could sense her pain in her writing. It reminded me of the writing I did on the kleshas of Raga and dvesha. She was so attached to the pleasure of the relationship, and now so averse to the pain that she is feeling. What it did bring to mind was a story that I had heard many, many years ago. I googled it, and I shared it with her. I will share it with you all here now.

The Perfect Heart

Author: Unknown

One day a young man was standing in the middle of the town proclaiming that he had the most beautiful heart in the whole valley. A large crowd gathered and they all admired his heart for it was perfect. There was not a mark or a flaw in it. Yes, they all agreed it truly was the most beautiful heart they had ever seen. The young man was very proud and boasted more loudly about his beautiful heart.
Suddenly, an old man appeared at the front of the crowd and said “Why your heart is not nearly as beautiful as mine.” The crowd and the young man looked at the old man’s heart. It was beating strongly, but full of scars, it had places where pieces had been removed and other pieces put in, but they didn’t fit quite right and there were several jagged edges. In fact, in some places there were deep gouges where whole pieces were missing.  The people stared – how can he say his heart is more beautiful, they thought? The young man looked at the old man’s heart and saw its state and laughed. “You must be joking,” he said. “Compare your heart with mine, mine is perfect and yours is a mess of scars and tears.” “Yes,” said the old man, “Yours is perfect looking but I would never trade with you. You see, every scar represents a person to whom I have given my love – I tear out a piece of my heart and give it to them, and often they give me a piece of their heart which fits into the empty place in my heart, but because the pieces aren’t exact, I have some rough edges, which I cherish, because they remind me of the love we shared. Sometimes I have given pieces of my heart away, and the other person hasn’t returned a piece of his heart to me. These are the empty gouges – - giving love is taking a chance. Although these gouges are painful, they stay open, reminding me of the love I have for these people too, and I hope someday they may return and fill the space I have waiting. So now do you see what true beauty is?” The young man stood silently with tears running down his cheeks. He walked up to the old man, reached into his perfect young and beautiful heart, and ripped a piece out. He offered it to the old man with trembling hands. The old man took his offering, placed it in his heart and then took a piece from his old scarred heart and placed it in the wound in the young man’s heart. It fit, but not perfectly, as there were some jagged edges. The young man looked at his heart, not perfect anymore but more beautiful than ever, since love from the old man’s heart flowed into his. They embraced and walked away side by side. How sad it must be to go through life with a whole untouched heart.

Contemplate this…… It is part of the human condition…….



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