Resources of the Himalayan Yoga Tradition

Emotions - My Experiments with Anger

One of our deadliest enemies is anger. As an enemy, it begets us enemies. Every spiritual guide and philosopher of the East and the West, from Chang-An to Athens, has admonished us to control and guide our anger. Marcus Aurelius, the philosopher-emperor of Rome wrote in his essays: "Democritus laughed and Heraclitus wept, but no philosopher was ever angry with the world."

The spiritual traditions of India are firmly based on a detailed understanding of the mind, its states, impulses, operations, functions and reactions to stimuli. Half of Indian religion (Vedic-Hindu-Buddhist-Jaina-Sikh-Mazdayasnian, et al) consists of pure psychological principles for guiding relationships. One of these guidelines is repeatedly stated:

akodhena jine kodham (Pali),
akrodhena jayet krodham (Sanskrit)

One should seek to conquer anger with non-anger.

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