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The Science of Emotions

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BhagavAn Das, in his book with the above title, says:

• Two basic factors of emotions are sukham--pleasure, and duHkham--pain, which give rise to rAga--love/attraction, and dveSha--hate/repulsion.

• Emotion is basically desire. Both rAga and dveSha are caused by ichChA--desire/wish: rAga is the desire to unite with the object that causes pleasure; dveSha is the desire to separate from an object that causes pain. Thus, (material/mental/causal) objects cause attraction or repulsion.

Attraction gives rise to the emotions of Love, Reverence, Benevolence.

• Attraction plus the consciousness of equality with one's Self of the attractive object is Love or Affection.

• Attraction plus the consciousness of superiority to one's Self of the attractive object is Reverence or Respect.

• Attraction plus the consciousness of inferity to one's Self of the attractive object is Benevolence or Kindness.

Repulsion, dislike, hate may be analysed in exactly the same manner into Anger, Fear and Pride.

• Anger--In the case of equality of the object of it;
Fear--In the case of superiority of the object of it;
• Pride--In the case of inferiority of the object of it;

Emotions correspond to Virtues and Vices, thus:

• Love, as attraction between equals, causes:
‣ Politeness--good manners--courtesy--blandness.
‣ Friendliness--helpfulness--sociability.
‣ Lovingness--an affectionate nature--domesticity.

• Reverence, as attraction to a superior, causes:
‣ Modesty--unobstrusiveness--mildness.
‣ Reverence--seriousness--earnestness--gravity--sedateness--staidness--non-flippantness.
‣ Meekness--humility--obedience--gratitude.

• Benevolence, as attraction to an inferior, causes:
‣ Kindliness--appreciativeness--goodwill--urbanity--condescension--sauvity.
‣ Gentleness--softness--sweetness--kind-heartedness.
‣ Compassionateness--pitifulness--benevolence.

On the side of Hate, similarly:

• Towards equals:
‣ Rudeness--Brusqueness--Churliness.
‣ Moroseness--Sullenness--Irascibility--Peevishness.
‣ Cholericness--Bearishness--Ill-temper.

• Towards superiors:
‣ Timidity--suspiciousness--shyness.
‣ Timorousness.
‣ Cowardice--vindictiveness--revengefulness.

• Towards inferiors:
‣ Superciliousness--nil admirari--slightingness--self-complacence.
‣ Self-importance--aggressivenss--obstrusiveness.
‣ Scornfulness--disdainfulness--hauteur--pride.

Emotions in many cases, are not as simple as based on Love or Hate. They often combine elements from both. Such complex emotions accompanied by their virtues and vices include:

Majesty, dignity, self-control, self-possession, awesomeness, awe, sublimity, grandeur, magnificence, magnanimity, admiration, wonder, pathos, laughter, heroism, devotion, valour, courage, fortitude, endurance, prudence, discretion, cautiousness, circumspection, confidence, trust, faith, diffidence, shyness, distrust, jealousy, envy, ridicule, humour, malice, spitefulness, meanness, niggardliness, criticalness, fault-finding, slanderousness, insolence, crookedness, cruelty, tyranny, impertinence, greed, lust, disgust, disgustingness, loathing, abhorrence, etc., etc.

The foregoing is not a list of emotions that can't be grouped under the above six classifications. Scrutiny will disclose that the same basic principle of analysis and classsification applies to the complex emotions also.

For example, take the emotion Majesty, the royal emotion: it is an emotion compounded of compassion and pride. Compassion for the week, the poor, the good and the deserving; and pride and repressive strength for the proud and strong and evil and lawless.

Emotion has two aspects: subjective and objective.

• Emotion as felt by the person under its influence, who actively feels and is possessed by it, is subjective, In the emotions recognized by common language, the subjective aspect predominates.

• Emotion as presented to other persons is objective. Where the objective aspect predominates, the emotions become qualities.

• Qualities, again, depending on their beneficient or maleficient results, become virtues or vices.

For more detailed analysis, check the book that can be downloaded at:
The science of the Emotions. : Das, Bhagavan : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive
Thanks to Sri Sai Devo for this summary. It should help every human being and particularly every student, teacher and manager.
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