“Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and
broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many
there be which go in thereat:
“Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”
—Matthew 7:13, 14
“Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall
know them by their fruits…”—Matthew 7:15, 16
Starting with Babylon, this post begins a timeline of people/beliefs/groups that reference fire and heart in some way. Since all darkness is either Satan’s original lie or a variant of it, the dates given are often only approximate years. These posts are only a sampling of what I found. Some sites contained so much darkness, that I did not use them.
“When Bel, however was born again as a child, he was, as we have seen, represented as an incarnation of the sun. Therefore, to indicate his connection with the fiery and burning sun, the “sacred heart” was frequently represented as a “heart of flame.” So the “Sacred Heart” of Rome is actually worshipped as a flaming heart, as may be seen on the rosaries devoted to that worship…”—from Chapter V Section IV
of Hislop’s Two Babylons.
The…Fire element…warms our spirit and gives us an inner communion with the love of the divine…It aligns the Supreme Controller, the divine within, to the divine without—one in the same.
According to Traditional Oriental Medicine, the inner fire… is located in the center of all beings…the spark from which our passion of heart is born…”—from innerfire.org/
around 500 BC
Heraclitus, c.535–c.475 B.C., Greek philosopher of Ephesus…believed fire to be the underlying substance of the universe and all other elements transformations of it. He identified life and reason with fire and believed that no man had a soul of his own, that each shared in a universal soul-fire.
450 BC (and before)
…In a Zorastrian temple the only symbol before which prayers are said is the fire which is tended by a priest five times a day. The fire…is a symbol of purity, for fire purifies everything; and for the “inner fire” or divine spark in a human being. The fire burning in the Zoroastrian temple or at home is a constant reminder that we should always keep our “inner fire” alive.
Buddha Fire sermon “…all is burning.”
200 BC (probably earlier)
Western Hermeticism: Initiation fire
…During an Age shift, the one Soul of Humanity takes a leap in consciousness, known as a Solar Initiation, and many of us will undergo the Second Initiation, referred to in the Western Hermetic Tradition as the “Baptism by Fire.”…As Humanity takes another step upward upon the evolutionary ladder, we’ll all pass through “a burning ground”…Consequently, this Solar Initiation and Baptism by Fire is a crisis in belief…
The Second Initiation is…associated with the waters of purification…so it is painful! Sacred Group work cannot proceed until the waters of emotion are tranquil and selfish intentions are superceded by selfless service. All must move into the heart. This is a very difficult Initiation—an Initiation by Fire.
Augustine of Hippo
St. Augustine once prayed
Grant unto me your servant:
To my God—a heart of flame;
To my fellow men—a heart of love;
To myself—a heart of steel.
In art of the 15th century, Augustine was shown with a transfixed or burning heart. On Charles Bridge in Prague, Czech Republic, there is a statue of Augustine holding a burning heart in his hand and walking on “heretical” books. This statue of St. Augustine is a 1974 copy of a 1708 work.
around 600 AD
Traditional Sufis believe the esoteric teachings of Sufism were transmitted from the Prophet Muhammad…to those who had the capacity to contain the direct experiential gnosis of God…Some
have called Sufism a mystic Islam.
Love Is a Fire: “The Sufi’s Mystical Journey Home” Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee
“Love is a Fire” is an introduction to the Sufi path of love…
The call of the heart and how it draws us back to divine union…and for the Sufi this love is a fire that burns away all traces of separation…This is a book for anyone drawn to the fire of divine love.“—back cover
“…Sufis have been traveling deep within themselves into the secret chamber of the heart where lover and Beloved share the ecstasy of union.”
“As mystics we burn with the fire of divine love that He has ignited within our heart…”
“Bliss of Inner Fire”
Prayer to the Lineage Lamas of the Six Yogas of Naropa
Part One The Six Yogas of Naropa
1 Tantra and Inner Fire
17 Inner Fire Meditation
Part Six Living with Inner Fire
22 Never forget your inner fire
Note: Naropa (956–1041) was an Indian Buddhist mystic and monk.
Tummo (Tumo) is a Tibetan term for a type of contemplative practice that causes an intense sensation of body heat to arise. It is one of the six yogas of Naropa.
The majority of captive warriors taken in battle by the Aztecs met their end in ritual heart-extraction sacrifice, in which the victim would be held by four priests face up over a large stone. A fifth priest would open the chest cavity with an obsidian blade and extract the heart, to be offered to the Sun (Tonatiuh) and then placed in a special offering vessel…In this manner, the Aztecs sacrificed thousands of people each year.—from lsa.colorado.edu/
The most brutal of human sacrifices were those dedicated to the god Huehueteotl. Sacrificial victims were drugged and then thrown into a fire at the top of the ceremonial platform. Before they were killed by the fire, they were dragged out with hooks and their living hearts were pulled out and thrown back into the fire.—from wsu.edu/
Dominic [also see 1908]
Born about 1175 in Castile, Spain, Dominic founded the Dominican Order. The origin and spread of the rosary is attributed to Dominic…
Legend says that when Dominic’s mother was pregnant, she “dreamed she was carrying in her womb a little dog that held a burning torch between its teeth; and when she had given birth, it set the whole world on fire. By this dream it was made manifest beforehand how Dominic would inflame the nations to the practice of Christian virtue through the brightness of his holy example and the fiery ardor of his preaching.”
—Excerpted from The Church’s Year of Grace, Pius Parsch.
“And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.”—1 Samuel 15:22
“The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.”—Psalm 51:17
“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed
by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
“Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.”
3 D Part 2 burning hearts and flames: 1200 to 1544