Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Words upon our hearts

This image is a quick response (there could be so much more to it, and so many other ways to do it) to this wonderful old Hasidic tale I found in A Hidden Wholeness this morning:

 "The pupil comes to the rebbe and asks, 'Why does Torah tell us to 'place these words upon your hearts'?  Why does it not tell us to place these holy words in our hearts?'  

The rebbe answers, 'It is because as we are, our hearts are closed, and we cannot place the holy words in our hearts.  So we place them on top of our hearts.  And there they stay until, one day, the heart breaks, and the words fall in.'"

What a perfect explanation for all those concepts we have in our heads that just don't seem to have planted themselves yet in our hearts...


Kathleen Overby said...

Ahhh. iLike both the art and the story. Thx.

Maureen said...

This also speaks to the quote you shared about the need for the heart to break.

Diane Walker said...

I'm posting this comment for a friend (my daughter's godfather) who wasn't able to get past the robo-door...

Diane -- I've heard the broken heart story and I love it. A broken heart is not always a bad thing even though it hurts so much. I guess it depends on what it is that breaks our hearts. At the very least it reminds us that we have the capacity to love and that is no small thing since "God is love and those who abide in love abide in God and God abides in them." (First Letter of John)
Your blog is great.