To Polish the Mirror of the Heart

There is a beautiful and profound line in the opening Doha of the Sri Hanuman Chalisa which goes as follows:


Shree Guru charana saroja raja nija manu mukuru sudhari

Having polished the mirror of my heart with the dust of my Guru’s lotus feet


Just this line shows the profundity of the spiritual path and what it is we are truly doing on it, for it is all too easy to get caught up in lofty spiritualized fantasies of what it means to become “enlightened” when the meaning of the word itself is allusive to us.  

We hear stories of great mystical events, of celestial beings coming to people, or grand moments when someone has a great understanding, but these events mean nothing to us and it is not these event that are of interest to us.  

What is actually of interest to us, and what we are truly drawn to in someone who we feel has awakened to the “truth” (another word whose meaning alludes us) is the fragrance of love, is the fragrance of acceptance, is the overall sense of peace that they release onto the world.  It is this sense of love and openness that we seek for what good is knowledge of the “truth”, knowledge of the “self” with a cold closed of heart.     Continue reading “To Polish the Mirror of the Heart”