No Chest Contains Two Hearts

Peace, one and all…

In the Quran, we read the following words:

‘God has not placed two hearts inside any man’ (Quran 33:4)

In his beautiful spiritual commentary, Sahl al-Tustari makes the following remarks regarding this ayah:

‘The one who has directed himself to God, Mighty and Majestic is He, and is intent upon [Him], [does not] avert his gaze [from Him]. For whoever pays attention to anything other than God is not truly intent upon his Lord’

He then went on to say:

‘[That is, he does not have] one heart (qalb) with which he approaches God, and another heart with which he manages the affairs of this world. [On the other hand], the intellect does have two natures: a nature which is orientated towards this world, and a nature which is orientated towards the Hereafter. The nature which is orientated to the Hereafter is in coalition with the spiritual self, whereas [the intellect’s] worldly-orientated nature is in coalition with the lustful self. It was due to this that the Prophet [prayed], ‘Do not leave me to my self for the blinking of an eye.’ For truly the servant, as long as he is occupied with God, will be veiled from himself, and as long as he is occupied with himself will be veiled from God, Mighty and Majestic is He’.

Oneness (tawhid) is both root and aim, a oneness in which our human diversity expresses divine infinity, and makes it manifest. In order for that oneness to manifest, we must be fully integrated. Inward integration is an essential element in spiritual growth. As this beautiful commentary makes abundantly clear, we are given one heart for a reason – so that we might see and know divine oneness.

HU!

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