It has been said several times in the Gita – “Oh child, I am present in everybody’s heart” Interpreting it literally, many people hold that in the heart of everybody’s heart there is the soul as well as the supreme Soul.
But this really is not the correct meaning because it runs counter to their very belief in the Omnipresence of God. If God present in the heart only, then obviously He is not in other parts of the body, i.e. He is not omnipresent.
Clearly, the phrase ‘God present in the heart’ has a different meaning.
Now, the word ‘heart’ is used figuratively in numerous senses according to the context.
One of its meaning is ‘center’ as, for example when we say that a particular shop is in the ‘heart’ of the town.
Again, we say: You have deprived the thing of its ‘heart’ and soul, meaning thereby that it has been deprived of its most important part.
When it is said ‘you have hurt my ‘heart’.
The word stands for one’s deepest aspirations’. Similarly, many other phrases or sentences with the word ‘heart’ used in this or a similar sense may be cited.
To take but a few here: He has learnt by ‘heart’ or he rules over my ‘heart’. Again, the word ‘heart’ is also used for desire or wish. It is in this sense that people say that my heart does not permit me and so on and so forth.
In all of these the word ‘heart’ has been used figuratively in slightly different contexts.
Briefly speaking, God has thus been said to ‘present’ in every one’s heart in a figurative sense only and not ‘literally’, i.e. in the sense that souls love God, want to follow His dictates take refuge in Him in their distress etc.
Instead of this correct meaning, however, a literal interpretation is generally taken, which has become the source of great confusion.
That such a literal interpretation is not only wrong, but positively ridiculous in view of the fact that the ‘heart’ as such has become replaceable by another heart from a different body or even by a mechanical device put in temporarily to perform its functions.
What is more, there are innumerable unicellular bodies in the world i.e. bodies without anything like the heart, which would therefore mean that there is no God in them.
This, again, is a refutation of the doctrine of the omnipresence of God, apart from the more obvious one we have already given.
If the ‘True Essence of Bhagwad Gita’ is read in this perspective, everyone will become Arjuna & can win over his/her own vices.
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