In religious literature the words heart and mind is often interchanged. There are phrases like purification of the mind, or the purification of the heart. But are the mind and the heart synonyms? Some believe that the soul is what God calls the heart (not the physical heart). Although science cannot physically locate the soul in our bodies, the soul is said to store the collection of our thoughts and actions. This is like the collection of genes (DNA) that make us who we are. The mind of course gives us the ability to think, and produce good and evil thoughts. The mind is said to be in our control, while the heart/soul is not. Let us go further in explaining the heart or soul.
The heart (unconscious/soul) is initially pure. Our minds sometimes produce evil (greed, arrogance, and self love) thoughts. These evil thoughts are trapped by the pure heart/soul, like the sands in the filtration system of the sewer system. The heart/soul unconsciously tells the mind that these thoughts are not appropriate, and no evil action is taken by the conscious mind. But as our minds are continually tempted by the world, the mind produces more evil thoughts. The heart (unconscious/soul) continues to absorb these evils, but becomes increasingly encapsulated by these dusts. The heart/unconscious/soul becomes cloudy due to the dusts surrounding it and becomes less effective in controlling the mind. The mind then convinces us that these evil thoughts are normal, and we carry out these thoughts, resulting in the suffering of mankind.
The question arises, how do we remove evil from man’s heart? How do we remove the evil dusts that surround our souls? How do we free our unconscious from the evils that surround it? How do we take back control of our minds that cause the world to suffer? God???