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Q&A: The Spiritual Heart

What is the relationship between the third eye and the heart centre?

Let us say that the heart is consciousness and the third eye is light, although there is no actual difference between the two things. The third eye has infinite light and at the same time it is infinite light. The spiritual heart possesses infinite consciousness and at the same time it is infinite consciousness. But infinite light and infinite consciousness are one and the same. This moment the infinite light-which I am calling the third eye-is a building, and inside it the heart resides. But the next moment the infinite consciousness- which I am calling the heart-can become the building, and the third eye will become the resident. They constantly change, because they are not really separate, Sometimes we see light before consciousness, while other times we see consciousness before light. The one which we see first, we feel is the source of the other. But a time comes when we see that light and consciousness are inseparable.

The heart usually embodies sweetness and love, and the third eye embodies power and illumination. But those who are very wise will feel that the third eye is also the heart, for what else is the heart except that which gives us satisfaction? And what gives us satisfaction? Only light! So if light from the third eye gives us satisfaction, then naturally we are dealing with the heart's quality. And what gives us the highest wisdom? Wisdom comes only when we go deep inside the inmost recesses of our heart, where Infinity, Eternity and Immortality play. To possess Infinity as our very own, to possess infinite light and bliss eternally as our very own, is real wisdom. So we can say that wisdom comes from the heart.