Developing the Benevolent Heart
The jihi ni kokoro isn't about emotion alone. It transcends the fluctuating emotions. Likewise, it isn't just about intellectual data, but transcends the comprehension of the intellect. We study the philosophy of spiritual life-the writings of the ancient masters who have walked the path before us-in order to accurately explore that which lays beyond them (practices), and gaining something from both to bring us closer to that which we seek. It isn't an either/or proposition, but a "this and that" proposition. Just as in the word kokoroe, where heart and mind aren't differentiated, neither can we afford to create this false division between knowledge and practice. Dividing the two is like looking at a mountain. You can sort of appreciate the mountain peak from a distance, and gain a sense of awe (emotion), but until you actually gain a knowledge of mountain climbing and then climb to the peak, your experience will be lacking and you cheat yourself of the fullest realization of the beauty of the mountain. Dividing knowledge and inner experience is like looking through a keyhole at an art gallery full of paintings and thinking you've appreciated art. Spiritual realization isn't something you simply intellectually learn. It isn't an emotional or inner experience alone. It is the fusion of the two into the jihi no kokoro.
If you want to be a real spiritual adept you must learn the philosophy, then do the hard work of practice, and then be patient. Realizations will come, but not if you rush, and not if you buy into the false dichotomies of Western thinking.