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The Heart's Story

What is the heart? Lying at the very center of our body, it is the muscle of life from where our most vital fluid races through our veins to every hungry part of our body. It is at many times what causes us to do irrational things as well as giving us the charge needed to overcome impossible odds. It is the pinnacle of our excitement when we discover love and it is also the place where it pains most when that love is lost or proves unrequited. It is the shapes we see on our valentine cards, written on the sand, or carved on trees. It is also the little red shape that was drawn on a cave in Spain more than 10,000 years ago.

Around 10,000 B.C. someone had drawn a picture of a prehistoric mammoth on a cave wall in Spain. The artist did the drawing with a loving hand, capturing much detail of the extinct animal. And just at the spot where its heart would naturally be, the artist had painted a red, heart shaped spot. This valentine in the Spanish cave is believed to be the oldest artistic representation of the heart in the world.

In the Epic of Gilgamesh, the oldest-known story in the world, the heart was considered as the life-giving center piece in our breast. The Aztecs and the people in Ancient Egypt considered the heart to be the inner sun, the source of one's being. In the Christian Bible, there are over a thousand references to the heart. In the Upanishads the 'atman', the universal self resides in the secret place in a person's heart. Similarly the Islamic mystics known as the Sufis believes that God can be found only inside one's heart.

Now comes the ROMANTIC HEART. A lover's heart snatched away by a certain girl, ripped apart, and it is only she who can mend it, put it back together again. It is left in the open, puffing and wounded, to be teased and mocked. Nothing, nothing is less under one's control than the heart - having no power to control it, one is but forced to kneel to its desires. It was said that on cremating the body of the romantic poet Shelley, although the entire body burnt away, the heart remained unscathed.

That was the heart's story from the prehistoric cave drawing to the present day valentines. But which ever age we may be in, one thing is for sure; the heart, located at the center of man has also been in the center of mankind's narrations. And however we define it, all of us still strive to follow its desires knowing that it alone knows about things that even the most mind brilliant mind have no idea of. And we also do wait for our valentines.