Saturday, November 30, 2013

Diet for an unhealthy heart

Material Compassion, lamentation, hankering, tears and fear are the shields of an ignorant person to justify the weakness of their heart. Inadequate and improper foods make our body weak and prone to various bodily diseases. Similarly if we do not nourish our heart with a healthy diet then it becomes weak and prone to material diseases. The virus of lust, greed, pride, anger, envy, illusion and false ego easily attacks a diseased heart. Happiness gives way to helplessness and we constantly struggle to do the right thing in our life.  Sometimes such a person even succumbs to his lower self and indulges in despicable activities.

Heart gets nourished by a pure spiritual diet. Dollops of spiritual food should be fed to the heart at regular intervals; it will make our heart strong. Our intelligence and will-power will flourish in such a spiritual environment.   The list of spiritual foods necessary to nourish our hearts has been given by Prahlad Maharaj:  

Sravanam kirtanam visnoh

Smaranam pada – sevanam

Arcanam vandanam dasyam

Sakhyam atma – nivedanam

(Srimad Bhagavatam 7.5.23)

“Hearing and chanting the name of Lord Visnu, remembering and serving his lotus feet, offering worship and prayers to him, becoming his servant and best friend and surrendering everything to him are the most important spiritual activities”.

If we spiritualize our life as per the above process then we would never succumb to petty weakness of the heart. We will always be blissful and will carry out the prescribed duties of our life with dexterity.

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