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TD. Kumar


Lesson of anger management


Lesson of anger management

Submitted: Thursday, January 17, 2013

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One of the more difficult areas in practice is anger management
Dronacharya the guru of the Pandavas in Mahabharat once gave a lesson
How not to have an angry reaction
All the pandavas except Yudhistir claimed that they learned the lesson by the days end

Yudhistir said he did not master the lesson even the second day
He did not master the lesson even on the third day
Dron was quite upset, irritated and even angry
He lost his temper and slapped Yudhistir for his 'stupidity' on the fourth day

Yudhistir said he wanted to test his equanimous temperament
Through a simple lesson to a slap on his face
When he discovered that he could not be provoked by any situation he would face
Only then he said that he had truly mastered anger management

Yudhistir was cool enough not to remark that the guru who taught anger management
Was himself not free from the ferment!
You can't master a lesson in life unless you really test it in practice
Otherwise it just remains in a theoretical, 'Holy' firmament!

A lady Zen saint was facing a snowy shelter-less night in an unknown village
Barred entry in any house in that wintery night she slept under a cherry tree in a field outside the village
At midnight she saw the moon peeping through the cherry tree in full blossom
For this ecstatic experience she thanked the unkind man in the village!

A sage was disturbed and insulted by a man who was his assistant in the 'ashram'
All other disciples were perplexed by a Sages tolerance
One day a disciple started beating him, losing his passion
The sage ran to save the assistant saying he is my best 'friend' in the 'ashram'!

Through him I test my degree of equanimity under any provocation
I want to attain a state of imperturbability in any adverse situation
These three stories illustrate the challenging lesson of anger management in practice
As we go on truly meditating, anger, withers and drops like a dead dry leaf without a rigorous practice!

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