The mystery of the heart is something we really think little about unless something goes wrong with it and then, probably more than any other type of ailment, a kind of fear sets in upon us. Only under those conditions do we really begin to try to understand what the heart means.
The heart is described anatomically as a hollow muscular organ of conical form, about 5 inches in length, three and one-half inches in breath, and two and one-half inches in thickness.
It varies somewhat in weight, being from 10 to 12 ounces in the males and from 8 to 10 ounces in the females. The organ is placed obliquely in the chest, with its apex directed forward, downward and to the left, and is divided by a longitudinal muscular septum and a transverse constriction into four cavities, of which the two upper cavities are called auricles and the two lower cavities, ventricles.
The heart may be considered as a double organ, of which the right side is devoted to the circulation of trebled through the lungs and the left side to its distribution by the aorta and its subdivisions throughout the entire body.
The heart is an epitome of the whole body. It therefore consists of three cavities of the body – cerebral, thoracic, and abdominal- as well as the three divisions into mind, body and spirit.
The pulse has often been referred to as the heavenly breath; w1 it is the rhythm of the Infinite. The drum of Shiva – the drum that beats in every man.
The heart is in reality, as has always been represented in symbolic art, a symbol for not only of the power to maintain life, but a metaphorical symbol used to represent the love of God. Both the heart and love are the seat of life, and the heart through its mysterious workings gives us a key to the extraordinary tenacity of life.
The heart beats from the cradle to the grave. It is for the most part a self-renovating, self-restoring function. It serves the body to distribute, as the light of this energy does for life and survival, continuity to every cell in the body. It is the nourisher. It is the central spiritual power by means of which the billions and billions of little lives within ourselves can be compared with little villages along the shores of a great river.
The great arterial river, which flows out of the heart, is for the preservation and the healing of nations. We do not realize adequately in our interrelationships with others that the failure of love destroys thought. The mind is very much like a child and it is the mind that decides that it is running everything. It forgets that if the heart stops for a minute the empire of the mind falls apart.
The heart is not only the temple of God in the microcosm; it is also the Holy City, the Jerusalem of the Jews and Christians, the Mecca of Islam, and the Benares of the pious Hindus. Among all the organs in the body the heart remains chief and king.
The great most precious part of our body, to which God especially looks.
The heart has preeminence over all the members of our body, and that the supreme power over our whole life is entrusted to it.
The body is in the heart as the oak is in the acorn.
The idea of a temple is a symbol of a spiritual universe in the midst of a material one. It was the heart of the cultural life of the community, supporting the well being of man as the heart supports the physical body.
In the book of Hermes it is written that the eternal power placed itself in the mysterious pyramid of the heart and that the pyramid of Giza was an ancient mathematical formula to represent the heart of life.
The heart is in constant motion and is the source of every motion noticed in the body; it rules over the other members, and communicates to them through its own pulsations the force required for the functions.
Every motion in the universe thus has its origin in the motion of that sphere; and the soul of every animate being derives its origin from the soul of that same sphere.
Even if the head is severed from the body the heart will continue to beat for thirty minutes. It will beat for some hours if wrapped in cotton wool and placed in a warm place. The spot in the heart, which is the last of all to die, is the death of life, the center of all, the first spot that lives in the fetus, and the last that dies.
Here it is the pacemaker; here it is that mysterious thing which flavors the melody of life without discriminatin. We may say it has its own internal discrimination, but it does not play favorites with any part of the body. It serves them all as the one powers which gives them life and makes possible the continuance of their existence, as does the sun.
It is actually in a sense the symbol of the presence of the Divine in us all.
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