Based on Bhagavad Gita Chapter 06, Text 32
By Chaitanya Charan Das
Some spiritualists equate spiritual advancement with apathy towards all human emotions. When they see others afflicted by emotions such as agony at the loss of loved ones, they tend to look down upon the agonized as ignorant, attached, deluded.
Those with such a condescending attitude are shallow spiritualists, not real spiritualists, who, the Bhagavad-gita (06.32) emphasises, are profoundly empathetic. These spiritualists relish higher emotions in relationship with spiritual reality, ultimately with the supreme spiritual reality, Krishna. As they feel secure and satisfied in their experience of Krishna’s supreme love, worldly emotions can’t sway them. Significantly, this inner stability expresses itself as outer compassion, not condescension.