I surprise why gods have emotions.

We say that when we worship, then god will be pleased and gives boons. Why god will be happy (which is an emotion) when we chant a mantra?

If god has emotions then many questions will arise like below?

  1. If I worship today and wont worship tomorrow so he will be angry?

  2. Will he create problems to worship him?

  3. He may delay the boons to worship him for more time.

  4. He might be watching me and laughing at me to see how I am worshipping him.

Many such silly questions will arise when god has emotions.

Any god you see in our religion Lord Shiva, Vishnu, Ganesha, Durga, Rama, Krishna, Venkateshwara has some emotion.

Why is it like that?

Dont say that god will never be angry on devotees and he is a good person, even having mercy on people also is an emotion.


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The emotions of the Lord described in the scriptures cannot be equated to the wordly emotions which arise due to the three modes of material nature (sattva, rajas, tamas) and result in the dualities known as raga (desire) and dvesha (aversion) in this world.

Thus, in the Gita Lord Krishna advises Arjuna to first become free from wordly emotions which are simply illusory in nature through spiritual practices, and thus become eligible to receive pure knowledge.

इच्छाद्वेषसमुत्थेन द्वन्द्वमोहेन भारत । सर्वभूतानि सम्मोहं सर्गे यान्ति परन्तप ॥ २७

O scion of Bharata, O conqueror of the foe, all living entities are born into delusion, bewildered by dualities arisen from desire and hate (7.27)

रागद्वेषविमुक्तैस्तु विषयनिन्द्रियैश्चरन् । आत्मवश्यैर्विधेयात्मा प्रसादमधिगच्छति ॥

But a person free from all attachment and aversion and able to control his senses through regulative principles of freedom can obtain the complete mercy of the Lord (Gita 2.64)

However, the scriptures do mention Lord Vishnu, Shiva, etc. testing their devotees, speaking to them, granting benedictions, or even fighting each other, etc. These take place on the transcendental plane between the Lord and His self-realized devotees who've become totally free from the mundane emotions of the world.

These supramundane emotions shown by the Lords are on the stage known as vishuddha-sattva (pure consciousness) and have nothing to do with the emotions of the material world. This was spoken by Lord Shiva to His wife Sati to explain why He externally did not offer obeisances to Dakṣa.

sattvam viśuddham vasudeva-śabditam yad īyate tatra pumān apāvṛtaḥ sattve ca tasmin bhagavān vāsudevo hy adhokṣajo me namasā vidhīyate

I am always engaged in offering obeisances to Lord Vāsudeva in pure Kṛṣṇa consciousness. Kṛṣṇa consciousness is always pure consciousness, in which the Supreme Personality of Godhead, known as Vāsudeva, is revealed without any covering (Bhagavatam 4.3.23).

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