Posted: 16 April 2016 at 11:00am | IP Logged
I do not know about how Steve Jobs was.. so not really qualified about writing on the way he behaved.
However, an enlightened soul in Hinduism transcends the normal emotions. They attain great control over their senses, having their thoughts concentrated on Brahman. To them everything else withers away and their mind only thinks of brahman.. always, transcending the Maya.
Also Being aloof is different from being cruel. One of the reasons that an enlightened soul remains aloof is because they realize that attachments lead only to more births and the continuation of the birth-death cycle by our actions and karma.
There is a story of king Bharatha (not Shantanu s son), who was an enlightened being. He renounces the world after crowning his son as king and goes to the story to concentrate on Brahman. At one point he feels sorry for a deer cub who he finds trembling with fear near his ashram. He takes care of it and at one point becomes so attached to it that his actions lead to him being born as a deer in his next birth. Fortunately, due to his enlightenment prior, he retains his memory of his previous birth and realizes what happened. In the next birth as a man, he pretends to be deaf, dumb and senile while always thinking of brahman. That is remaining aloof.
No one spiritually inclined would want to be cruel to another livin creature. Most of our scriptures talk of kindness, charity and goodwill to others. That is why even our daily rituals embibe these.. see how we imbibe watering plants, feeding ants, crows, less fortunate humans before having food ourselves. That is why temples have rituals to make Prasadam to be shared to all.
Spirituality teaches kindness but it also teaches us to be calm and composed when faced with extremes.
Edited by Justlikethat1 - 17 April 2016 at 1:38am