Do Emotions Originate In The Soul?
No, emotions do not originate in the Soul. However, only where Soul exists, emotions originate.
Param Pujya Dada Bhagwan, the enlightened being, specifies:
Wherever there is feeling of any kind, therein lies the Soul (Aatma), and decidedly there is life present there. Therefore, you should know that where there are feelings, life is present there. And if something does not show feelings, then it has no life and hence, it is without Soul (Anatma). Even trees and leaves have feelings.
The feelings arise because of the presence of Soul!
He further clarifies:
Every living entity has feelings. Those that have feelings clearly show the presence of Soul. It is not that feelings arise in the Soul; but where there arises a feeling, there, there is Soul. And where no feelings arise; there is no Soul present there.
The Soul has no feelings or anything like that. The Soul is only in the form of light! But wherever there are feelings, we can find the Soul there.
When Soul leaves the body, no feelings and emotions arise, although the brain in the body is intact.
Soul is the life energy. Wherever there are emotions, wherever there is a feeling, where there is knowledge of pain and happiness, where there are sensations, where there is growth, it implies there is Soul (life energy, chetan) in there.
A body without Soul implies the body has no life in it. Such a body is unable to feel any emotion of happiness or pain, although the brain inside the body is fully intact.
One may argue it is the brain that knows and understands emotions. But who reads the brain?
Brain is only an organ and it exists in a dead body too; but a dead body is not able to know anything. So there is something else due to which we know and understand things:
which when present in the body, a person is said to be living; and when it leaves the body, the same body is called a dead body;
when present in the body, a person is able to know things, and when it leaves the body, the same person is not able to know anything.
What is that thing?…
Soul is Knowledge
The Enlightened One explains:
The Soul is an element made up of knowledge and bliss. It knows what all is happening. It understands the experience of pain and happiness. How does one know that, “This leg is aching and this one is not”?
Here’s a conversation of Param Pujya Dadashri with one of the spiritual seeker that clarifies…
Dadashri: If at night, someone gives you shrikhand (sweet yoghurt pudding) in the dark, where would you put the shrikhand? Will it get into your eyes or will it go only into your mouth? Even if you were given shrikhand in pitch darkness, you would put it only in your mouth, isn’t it? And if someone asks you what you ate, what will you tell him?
Dadashri: And if one asks you what is in the shrikhand, what will you tell him?
Questioner: Yogurt and sugar.
Dadashri: Yes, and if the yogurt was slightly off, would you be able to tell?
Dadashri: And you would know even if it is good?
Dadashri: Would you know if there was less sugar in it?
Dadashri: Would you also know if there was too much sugar?
Dadashri: How can you know all this in pitch darkness? And would you know if there were raisins and nuts in it? If there was a small cardamom in it, would you know?
Dadashri: So one that knows all of this is the Soul.
Questioner: People say that it is because of the sensory nerves that we perceive, and if there were not any sensory nerves, then we would not perceive.
Dadashri: Yes, if you did not have sensory nerves, you would not perceive things. But the Soul is the one that knows.
The property of Soul is infinite knowledge; however the deluding karma has covered the Soul.
These birds, no matter how far they fly, are able to return to their home. How does that happen?…
Even in human beings, a husband is able to recognize his wife, and a wife is able to recognize her husband. This is because there are some portions of the Soul that never get covered (by karma). As and when some layers of ignorance break, that much Knowledge gets exposed (in worldly life)!
Soul means Atma; Atma means Self.
The Atma means the Self. You may say, “I am John (you may insert your name here)” But John is the name of the body. Should you not know ‘who am I’ in this body? It is that Self which you need to recognize…
When we recognize our real Self, it is called Self-Realization
Self-Realization is not a child’s play. However, through Akram Vignan, we can attain Self-Realization quite easily and effortlessly, because here, the Enlightened One, with his divine spiritual powers, directly gives us the experiential knowledge of the Self by putting in a line of demarcation between the Self (the Soul) and the non-Self (the body, the brain, the feelings, the emotions, the mind, the ego, the intellect and everything else, other than the Soul, that we identify ourselves with).
I believe the above may have answered your question to a great extent, and having the answer, you may be feeling partially satisfied too. However, that’s the theory! To experience this answer yourself and get real satisfaction, you may go to the Enlightened One, and with his grace, attain Self-Realization. There’s no cost attached to this, as the Enlightened One enlightens our Soul out of sheer compassion; he aspires to nothing but our salvation only.
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