09/03/2011 Comments Off on Anger

Anger defined: become or make greatly annoyed: to become or make somebody extremely annoyed
[13th century. < Old Norse angr “trouble, sorrow”]


Hinduism [1] Arjuna said:— Impelled by what, does a person commit sin, much against his wishes, O Varshneya (another name of Lord Krishna), almost compelled as it were, by force? (Bhagavad Gita 3.36)

[2] Lord Krishna said:— It is desire, it is anger, born of the mode of passion (Rajo-Guna), all devouring, most sinful; know this as the foe here (in this world). (Bhagavad Gita 3.37)

[3] From anger comes delusion, from delusion confusion of memory; from confusion of memory the destruction of discrimination (loss of reason); from destruction of discrimination the angry person perishes. (Bhagavad Gita 2.63)

[4] Triple is the gate of this hell, destructive of the Self—lust (desire), anger, and greed, therefore one should abandon these three. (Bhagavad Gita 16.21)

Christianity: My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because our anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. (James 1:19-20, Today’s New International Version)

Buddhism: [1] He who holds back rising anger like a rolling chariot, him I call a real driver; other people are but holding the reins.

[2] Let a man overcome anger by love, let him overcome evil by good; let him overcome the greedy by liberality, the liar by truth!

[3] Beware of bodily anger, and control thy body! Leave the sins of the body, and with thy body practice virtue!

[4] The man that is dominated by Anger/Doth not know what is seemly and seeth not the Law. That man whom Hate doth accompany,/Becometh like unto murky darkness.~Gautama Buddha, Iti-Vuttaka

[5] Beware of the anger of the tongue, and control thy tongue!

[6] Leave the sins of the tongue, and practice virtue with thy tongue!

[7] Beware of the anger of the mind, and control thy mind! Leave the sins of the mind, and practise virtue with thy mind! (The Dhammapada,CH.XVII, 221-234, trans. F. Max Müller)

[8] It is also mentioned in the Dhammapada “Hatred is never ceased by hatred, it is ceased by love”. Considering this statement, it can be understood that hatred is the root/cause of anger that produces no peace, harmony and unity. When one is with hatred in mind, it would naturally produce anger that could be disastrous if not under controlled. The only mechanism to control anger is to fill up the heart/mind with LOVE.

[9] The sharpest sword is a word spoken in wrath. -Gautama Buddha


[1] Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath Ephesians 4:26 (KJV)

[2] A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control.~BIBLE, Proverbs 29:11

[3] Be ye angry and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath.~BIBLE, Ephesians 4:26

Do not become angry, and you will be relieved.

Taoism [1] The person in close harmony with the Tao lives without anger, for he understands Karma is but himself: there is nothing to be angry with. (Source Verse 39 – Jos Slabbert “The Tao is Tao) Taoism [2] It is ever so that man’s life is certain to depend on his being content. Through sorrow he loses his guiding thread; through anger he loses the beginnings. In sorrow and melancholy, joy and anger, Tao can find no resting place. Love and desires – quiet them! Stupidity and confusion – rectify them! Do not pull! Do not push! Happiness will naturally be restored. (Source – Verse 15 – To comprehend Tao, selections from the scriptures of Master Guan)

Sikhism [1] Do not be angry with any person, But know yourself – (Guru V, Jaitsri Ra) [2] When His Nam resides in the mind, Anger and conceit are washed away – (Guru III, Sri Rag) [3] Those who have fallen in love with him, Anger, lust and greed do not come near them – (GuruV, Bihagara Rag) [4] Understands the essence of all the Vedas: Forsake the anger from your mind, O Pandit – (Guru V, RAMKALI Rag)

Thirukkural Avoidance of Anger It is restraint that restrains rage when it can injure. If it cannot harm, what does restraint really matter? Wrath is wrong even when it cannot cause injury, but when it can, there is nothing more evil.Forget anger toward all who have offended you, for it gives rise to teeming troubles. Anger kills the face’s smile and the heart’s joy. Does there exist a greater enemy than one’s own anger? If a man be his own guard, let him guard himself against rage. Left unguarded, his own wrath will annihilate him. Anger’s fire engulfs all who draw near it, burning even friends and family who risk rescue. As a man trying to strike the ground with his hand can hardly fail, just as surely will one who treasures his temper be destroyed. Though others inflict wrongs as painful as flaming torches, it is good if a man can refrain from inflammatory tantrums.If hostile thoughts do not invade his mind, all his other thoughts may swiftly manifest. As men who have died resemble the dead, so men who have renounced rage resemble renunciates. – Chapter 31: Kural 301 – 310 (This is from Thirukkural, which do not belongs to any religion but claimed by all religions as it belongs to them.)



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