The heart of wisdom is attained by the wisdom of the heart
The heart of wisdom is pure love for the all-attractive Supreme, Krishna. Such love is the most cherished and most confidential fruit of wisdom, for it alone fulfills our heart’s longing for happiness eternally and perfectly.
The wisdom of the heart is the intelligence that comes from the innermost recesses of our heart, wherein reside our core values and defining principles. Ultimately at the very heart of our heart reigns Krishna as the infallible guide in our journey through the mazelike material existence. The most evolved wisdom of the heart refers to the wisdom that comes from him, being the best counsel coming from the mentor par excellence.
The Bhagavad-gita (10.10) points to the link of the heart of wisdom with the wisdom of the heart. When we serve Krishna affectionately, he provides dynamic divine guidance – the wisdom of the heart. And this wisdom aids us in making choices for approaching and attaining him with pure love – the heart of wisdom.
When we serve Krishna affectionately, he provides dynamic divine guidance – the wisdom of the heart. And this wisdom aids us in making choices for approaching and attaining him with pure love – the heart of wisdom.
Lest this sound merely hypothetical or rhetorical, the essential point is the synergy of the head and the heart that characterizes bhakti-yoga. Understanding Krishna’s supreme position inspires us to serve him wholeheartedly, as the Gita (10.08) indicates. When we serve him with our heart, he empowers our head so that it can discern the best way to go closer to him. This benevolent counsel and the resulting proximity with Krishna enrich our heart with further devotion, propelling us towards life’s supreme perfection.
Thus, bhakti is no mere fleeting feeling of the heart that spurns or sidelines the head. Rather, it is the rich, refined and resonant emotion that resides at the summit of wisdom, having integrated the head in its ascent to the zenith of human experience – pure eternal love for Krishna.