There has been a total misconception of the spiritually
awakened person as a man or woman of perfect equanimity -
immune to emotions like anger, grief or fear.
There is a distinct difference between the anger, grief or
fear of one who is awake and that of an ordinary person.
The awakened person's emotion is not based on any selfish
motivation; and their emotion is always in the present moment,
and therefore, very short lived. No residual impression remains
in the mind that could lead to involvement in horizontal time.
It is for this reason that various sages have had varying
temperaments: mild (Ramana Maharshi),
quick-tempered and gregarious (Nisargadatta Maharaj),
loving solitude and literary (J. Krishnamurti),
intellectual (Swami Vivekananda),
devotional (Eknath or Tukaram).
As a general statement, one could say that emotions arise
in the moment in the body-mind organism. But the awakened
person's ego has emotional maturity. His or her emotional
quotient (EQ) would be very high indeed while his or her
intelligence quotient (IQ) could be average.
~ Ramesh S. Balsekar
From: 'Nuggets of Wisdom'