What is the heart? 

In our sacred scripture, the word “Mune”, is used to describe and entity in our bodies that serve many functions, which will be described later.  Mune is often translated to English as chest, heart, spirit, and soul.  For our discussion, we will refer to the mune as the heart. This is not the physical heart that pumps our blood in our bodies, but it appears to refer to an  eternal soul in the Ofudesaki. For our discussion, the heart will also be called the soul.

Is our heart eternal?

From a scientific perspective, we know that when we die, our physical bodies decay, and we cannot take our bodies with us. But we can probably all agree that we continue our journey because of the soul/heart. It is this soul or heart that continues for eternity in heaven or return back to earth (see figure 1)

Where, and what is the soul made of?

Scientists have not located and verified the existence of the hearts/souls in our bodies. Some believe that the soul /heart by itself is energy that contains the core of our essence (See figure 1). This amalgam of energies, collects, stores, distributes and transfer information within and outside our bodies.

Figure 1

What information may the soul contain?

It contains our thought patterns  and our fates that were created by acting on these thought patterns.  You could compare the heart/soul to a software  that is detached from the computer. But when the software is inserted into the computer, the computer can function.  This is like the heart/soul, that  enters our bodies near birth (see figure 2). It programs the mind with the previous thought patterns from the past life; and also it distributes our fates that were caused by acting on these same thought patterns. Our fates are distributed as energy, interacting  with our environment, including all the living creatures and objects in the world, including the energies from other souls.  This is why people and events appear in our lives. It is not by chance the events that occur in our lives, but it is destined by the interaction of the energies. This is why karma does not occur immediately. It waits for the right opportunities, or when all the energies align. This is why justice is not immediate, and why evil appears to go unpunished.

What makes each of us different?

It is the information that is in our hearts that make us different. Our thought patterns are what makes each of us different as human beings. One may say that our physical appearance makes us different, but our physical appearance is only temporary, and it is not eternal like our heart. We distinguish ourselves  by our pattern of thoughts, and our fates, which were caused by acting on these thought patterns. These negative thought patterns are the dusts or evil thoughts of regret, covetousness, arrogance, greed, and self-love (see figure 3). Each of us have different amounts of these dusts, and different amount of fates that are associated with these same negative thoughts.

Figure 3

What is the function of the heart?

The function of the heart is to regulate our behavior, and make our minds pure. In the Ofudesaki, God tells us that the first parents of human beings were given God’s pure mind. This is a mind that will bring upon joy. It is a mind that will make us spirited. But in today’s world, our minds are not pure like the Original mind that was first given.  It is the function of our own individual heart to make our minds pure. But most people do not now this. This is why God tells us throughout the Ofudesaki that we do not understand the heart.  God tells us that we must understand what comes from our hearts.  It is our fates that come from our hearts. These fates are directly connected to the dusts in our minds. They were created by acting on these same negative thoughts. Our fates tell us the condition of our minds. How does this knowledge help us?

What to do when fate appears from our hearts?

God tells us to ponder our own minds, when suffering or obstacles appear in our lives. God tells us not to blame others, but ponder our own minds of evil thoughts. These sufferings are a result of what we have done in the past lives. We reap what we have sowed. If we do not act on our evil thoughts, we can gradually eliminate our evil thoughts, and attain the Original mind that was given to the first parents of human beings. God compares this to the digging of a root to get to the Original mind.  It is not easy like digging a root, but upon accomplishing the attainment of the pure mind, our minds will be spirited.

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