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The heart speaks through the eyes

"The ear tends to be lazy, craves the familiar, and is shocked by the unexpected; the eye, on the other hand, tends to be impatient, craves the novel, and is bored by repetition."
~ W. H. Auden, an Anglo-American poet, born in England, later an American citizen, regarded by many critics as one of the greatest writers of the 20th century.

That nearly spherical mass set in two cavities of the skull: be it amber, blue, black, brown, gray, green, hazel, or violet; is the first feature that we notice about a person, as well as in most animals. An animal, or a human; eyes have the power to speak a great language. One look into them and you can understand a person. It is no wonder why they are the windows to a person's heart; and the heart fortunately has an interpreter - often an unconscious but still a faithful interpreter - in the eye. The eyes tell what the heart feels.

The eyes tell a story no one will ever understand unless of course people take the time to, actually look deep into those two oceans of emotion. Onelook into the eyes can reveal if you are hiding sadness behind a smile or are lying while you speak. Your eyes betray you every time you try to do something differently. It is no wonder that the eyes are the open windows to the heart of a person. The eyes can tell a thousand stories which the mouth cannot. The eyes shout what the lips fear to say. It simply bares all, which is why you have so many people saying: there is truth in the eyes that say a thousand different words.

There is the heart that feels and the eyes that reflect the same glorious story. "The face is a picture of the mind with the eyes as its interpreter" is how Marcus Tullius Cicero the Roman Statesman, philosopher, lawyer, orator, political theorist, consul, and constitutionalist, puts it.

The beauty of one's heart is, reflected in the eyes. The eyes have only one language everywhere, irrespective of what the heart wishes and unlike the tongue that can twist and turn anyway. No one can lie; no one can hide anything, when we look directly into someone's eyes.


The first love letters of humans are written with the eyes because, when your eyes meet that someone's gaze as you are sitting staring at each other; time stops.

Those eyes will pierce yours, and you can swear that, at that moment, they sense the real you: the one without the attitude, without the façade. "Then love knew it was called love.

And when I lifted my eyes to your name, suddenly your heart showed me my way" - Pablo Neruda. (Pablo Neruda was the pen name and, later, legal name of the Chilean poet, diplomat, and politician, Neftali Ricardo Reyes Basoalto. He chose his pen name after Czech poet Jan Neruda. In 1971, Neruda won the Nobel Prize for Literature. He was Chilean Consul in Colombo in 1929 - 30. He is supposed to have visited Sri Lanka, known as Ceylon at that time, again in 1950 because he was in love with this country). The beauty of a person must be, seen in the eyes; because that is the doorway to the heart - the place where love resides. Beauty is not only something physical; it is how you feel inside, and it reflects in your eyes.


The eyes are one of the most powerful tools anyone can have. With one look, we can relay the most intimate message. After a connection is made between two sets of eyes; words cease to exist, and becomes meaningless. Where words are restrained, the eyes often talk a great deal.

However, sadly though, due to man's insensitivity to fellow man, few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts. That perhaps, is why William Shakespeare said: "But O, how bitter a thing it is to look into happiness through another man's eyes."

All the powers in the universe are already ours. It is we who have put our hands before our eyes and cry that it is dark. Perhaps it is because, we think and believe, most falsely, that the eyes that do not cry do not see; or that one must look with the heart, for the eyes are blind to many things in life. Whatever may it be, the fact is that many of us are blind to the realities of life because either we cannot see them or having not learnt to cope with them, we turn a blind eye.

Thus, we are easily distracted, and diverted, by the obstacles in our life without realising that barriers and hindrances are frightful things only if we take our eyes off our goals in life. Just remember this, when pain brings you down, for whatever cause: do not be silly, do not close your eyes and cry; you just might be in the best position to see the sun in your life rise, and shine. Pain is, meant to wake us; to make us strong. Our feelings are a part of us, be they pain or pleasure.

They are our reality. If we are afraid of them, ashamed of them, hide them, society will destroy us. If love is wisdom to the heart, then pain is wisdom to the soul. "Pain, any pain - emotional, physical, or mental - has a message.

The information it has about our life can be remarkably specific, but it usually falls into one of two categories: We would be more alive if we did more of this, and, life would be lovelier if we did less of that.

Once we get the pain's message, and follow its advice, the pain goes away," said Peter McWilliams, Professor of Clinical Pathology, University of Wisconsin, USA.

Love brings joy. It brings peace. It brings sadness and grief. It brings hope, it brings pain, it drives people insane. It brings smiles, it brings tears, it helps overcome fears. It is part of you, part of me, part of us, because love is the key: The most beautiful thing we can experience in love, is the mysterious.

It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed, said Albert Einstein, one of the best brains of all times.

Thus, to lead a fuller life; we must learn to look at things through the eyes of the heart. No human being is more special than any other living soul on this planet.

However, one needs to be, inspired by a divine and sacred journey - an odyssey of intuition - that will engulf us in the blissful light of ability to communicate beyond words.

We are all capable of living our life to its fullest. The problem is, we live under the spell of a fear-based reality, and ego based reality, which prevents us attaining the greatness into which all humans are born.

Once we step out of this illusion of fear that society has created for us, we will be able to see through the eyes of the heart. To end this, I quote Desmond Tutu, the South African social rights activist and retired Anglican bishop who rose to worldwide fame during the 1980s as an opponent of apartheid: "When the missionaries came to Africa they had the Bible and we had the land. They said 'Let us pray.' We closed our eyes. When we opened them we had the Bible and they had the land." Hence, live life with open eyes; or else, fall by the tricks of others.

See you this day next week. Until then, keep thinking; keep laughing.

Life is mostly about these two activities.

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