Life; a constant struggle between mind and heart, where human being gets crushed between the argumentation of these two. Throughout his life, man faces many challenges where he must take some decisions. That is where this mind and heart row starts. These two continue to whisper in the ear until man gets confused and exhausted. So what to do? Whom should he follow?
Considering the image presented here, it is giving a message that in every aspect of life, a man should make a balance between his heart and his mind, between his desires and responsibilities, between love and intellect, between needs and wants, and if he doesn’t make a balance, he will fall down, he will not be successful or he’ll be making wrong decisions all his life.
But there appears another different point, and that is; there come points in life when we have to give more preference to one of them. We face times in life when we have to listen and follow either the ‘reason’ or the ‘softness’ of heart. There we have to slightly drag our self to one side. In relationships, where heart gives good advice as Meher Baba says:
“Love can attain what the intellect cannot fathom.”
And in workplaces where mind guides us better. And there are certain circumstances; the third condition, when we have to listen to both of them, and then take a middle route.
The point is, it all depends on the circumstances. We need mind and heart at separate occasions, and both are necessary for a man. Because:
“Body is purified by water. Ego by tears. Intellect is purified by knowledge. And soul is purified with love.” -Ali Ibn Abi Talib (R.A)
Consider this quote of the famous Sufi Saint Shams Tabrizi, from “The Forty Rules of love”. He says in Love’s world, intellect has no place. Sufis call this term as “Ishq”, Divine Love. He says:
“Intellect and love are made of different materials,” he said. “Intellect ties people in knots and risks nothing, but love dissolves all tangles and risks everything. Intellect is always cautious and advises, ‘Beware too much ecstasy,’ whereas love says, ‘Oh, never mind! Take the plunge!’ Intellect does not easily break down, whereas love can effortlessly reduce itself to rubble. But treasures are hidden among ruins. A broken heart hides so many treasures. -Forty rules of love by Elif Shafak
Another writer has beautifully quoted a cute fight between mind and heart like this:
“It’s impossible.” said pride.
“It’s risky.” said experience.
“It’s pointless.” said reason.
“Give it a try.” whispered the heart.
Literarians always prefer the heart and also write melancholy out of its decisions then. 😀 The Alchemist writer Paulo Coelho’s claim still possesses weight as human nature is like that:
“You will never be able to escape from your heart. So it’s better to listen to what it has to say.”
This fight continues throughout a man’s life and successful is the one who knows when to listen the heart and where to give preference to the reason. In the end, we have to use both of them at different circumstances in order to live our life using both love and intellect.
I would like to end with this quote:
“Love provides the person with the purpose of his life. Intellect shows him the means to achieve that purpose.”
– Leo Tolstoy