The essence of the Heart centre is described very well by the old Zen Koan "What
is the sound of one hand clapping". When the boundaries of perception have been
removed, and the sound of one hand clapping is understood, God outside of self no longer
The Heart Centre
"does the tree falling in the forest make a
The Zen of Falling Bird Poo
The scientific method (and the Language of words) likes to divide things up into little
pieces in order to understand what life is all about.
Mr Newton observed the effect of Gravity when an apple fell and hit him on the head.
Someone asked why did the apple fall, someone else asked how did the apple fall and
someone else asked why did it hurt.
So the mind observed the event and needed definitions. The simple statement was "the
apple fell and hit me on the head".
The first question - what caused the apple to fall .. there must be some force acting on
the apple to make it fall. "Let me call it gravity".
Then he looked at the observation "the apple hit me on head and it hurt". Now,
mused Mr Newton, gravity did not hurt me, but apple hitting me hurt. If it hurt, apple
must have had some force to cause pain.
And so the mind analysis went on. Concepts were defined by thought. For every concept,
there was a word. The word needed another concept as a definition.
"In the beginning was the word"
Mr Newton looked at the trees covered with apples and saw that every apple had the
potential to hurt if it fell from the tree and hit him on the head .. so
"potential" was invented and defined as what the apple was capable of doing when
it dropped out of the tree.
Oh .. here's another consideration. In order for the apple to hurt, it has to be higher
than my head when it drops. So, it is at a higher potential when it is in the tree than it
is when it hits my head.
"Now, let me see," says Mr Newton ., walking round the orchard and placing his
head under apples in trees .. "the higher in the tree the apple is, the more it
So we have another relationship .. Higher and Lower.
Since then, the scientific method requires defining and analysing. Gravity has been
pulled apart and science argues the nature of the force .. and more words are invented to
describe all of the forces which cause the apple to hurt when it hits someone on the head
from falling out of the tree.
These observations and the words used to describe the observations become definitions and
laws. Both are inexorably linked.
But, continued musing Mr Newton .. (and this is not written in the history texts) .. a
bird poo falling from the tree from the same height as the apple and hitting me on the
head made a different sound and did not hurt as much .. Why ..? There must be something
else other than my first observation at work here.
So we find that the bird poo and the apple are travelling at the same speed when they hit
me on the head .. what is the difference. So the Weight of the falling object comes into
the equation for potential .. and for energy ..
The Mind and the senses
And so develops another relationship, another set of definitions, and another set of
laws .. so that the mind can understand why an apple falling from a tree hurts and a bird
poo falling from the same height does not.
Another definition .. Pain .. where does pain come from .. who is it that feels the pain
.. why are there different types of pain.
(oh .. and I forgot .. I am using different senses here .. sight.. feeling ..
The sight of the apple or poo falling does not cause feeling .. until I am hit on the head
.. hmmm .. we have different senses .. some must be higher and some lower ..
Now let me analyse the nature of feeling .. and so feeling is described in terms of
pleasure and pain .. the more it hurt .. more definitions and more words .. more laws)
Feeling get described as emotion, as words and definitions are found to describe the
effect on the physical senses of the apple and the poo hitting one on the head.
Questions and questions. Each question requiring a new word, a new definition, and a new
law to describe the principle.
Then we have
"What is the sound of one apple falling and hitting me on the head"
"What is the sound of one poo falling and hitting me on the head"
and another set of words, laws and definitions are introduced to explain the observed
Observation > Question > Principle > Definition > Law .. and so it goes on ..
each step dependant on the logical analysis of the previous step in order to create an
God and the Guru
Then someone decides that the man who has more definitions (words) must be more
knowledgeable .. and so people gather round to find out all of the laws .. and another
word is found to describe the one who has the power and potential to attract others
because he knows more big words and can define more laws .. this word is teacher .. and
those who gather to learn are called students ..
all to explain the reason why one poo falling and hitting me on the head hurts less than
than the apple did.
If you take the apple out of the equation, you do not need a doctor to attend to the pain
you are feeling .. but that's another story ..
The various centres of feeling are definitions used to define how the falling object is
defined as it falls from a great height and hits me on the head.
Then, God got invented to describe all of the various reasons and effects and causes
and outcomes .. and anything that could not be defined by some pre known word, definition
or Law became known as "an act of God" .. until someone created more power for
himself by creating new Laws and Principles to define the words that were used to describe
the sound of
"one poo or apple falling .."
The heart of the matter is that, if there is no process of analysis, creation of law,
definition .. all of those things that require the use of the mind to observe and analyse
"does the tree falling in the forest make a sound"
the answer to this is, of course .. only if someone is there to hear it and uses
observation, discrimination .. etc etc etc ... to discriminate, divide, analyse ..
all of which require different centres of feeling which create different effects on the
observer .. even to the point of the fear which says .. "Thank God I was not under
that tree when it fell"
The essence of the Heart centre is described very well by the old Zen Koan
"What is the sound of one hand clapping"
If, in understanding what I have written above, you can understand the Zen Koan, you
have found the heart .. which is beyond definition, analysis, discrimination and therefore
and the pictures that are drawn (the mandalas) for the Heart Centre are visual recordings
(definitions) of the energies and principles which merge together to show that within the
Heart there is no separation .. and this is the Highest Potential.
When the boundaries of perception have been removed, and the sound of one hand clapping
is understood God no longer exists ..
because one is no longer victim to the senses, and the nature of the senses are