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Mike: Hi, Daniel. Could it be said that peace seems to grow as the subtle body becomes used to [as it were] knowing that at its essence it is the self and has nothing more to achieve in life? I feel like I am in a safe cave, protected regardless of what the jiva may be doing. Maybe this is what is meant by the “heart cave” that the ancient and not so ancient sages speak of? Just a question about the “after-effects” of true assimilation.
Daniel: When the subtle body (mind) is conditioned with correct thinking, meaning when its understanding is in line with the nature of reality, then peace floods the mind. Self-knowledge takes place in the subtle body, therefore a sense of completeness/peace is experienced in the mind. The mind is the instrument where contemplation and assimilation takes place. Good for you, Mike.
This is all that Vedanta does, it aligns our thinking to match that of reality. It grounds you in your “true heart,” the heart that never stops beating, the heart that is free from beating.
The heart is a symbol of the self, the seat of consciousness, and the physical heart is located in it, meaning that the physical heart is known to it. Vedanta calls the “cave of the heart” the hridaya, which means the place of the ayam, the “I am,” the true “I.” The cave symbolizes ignorance, and the light of the awareness resting in it removes the darkness.
~ Much love, Daniel