“Affairs of the Heart”

Through Srimad Bhagavatam and Caitanya Caritamrita we find reference to the “heart” or hrdaya. In these references the heart is far from a central bodily organ that pumps blood to the rest of human body. These ‘affairs of the heart’ are addressed thousands of times in the Vedic literature in a very thorough way – a way that comprehends feelings, emotions, psychology, viewpoints and visions. This concept of the heart is more like a vision. It’s a deep set of feelings that can be material or spiritual. When the heart becomes attached to Krsna we are indeed fortunate. In the Srimad Bhagavatam is said (Prabhupada’s translation) that Vyasedeva was “dissatisfied at heart,” before he wrote his proper version of the book. It’s important that the mundane affairs of our hearts – also sometimes referred to as our attachments, or anarthas – be eradicated to make way for pure devotional service.