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Apr 24, 2020, 11:48 IST

Handling Anger Issues

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Q. An intellect fuming with anger comes to experience delusion. How can we get over anger? (B Ramachandran, 83 years, Madurai) A.Dear Mr Ramachandran, Iam happy to hear from an 80-year-old who is thinking about such issues because, as you know, anger is a destructive emotion.

To be without anger is desirable; it is part of the quality of Ahimsa, which means doing nothing destructive and everything in the name of peace and harmony. Unfortunately, angry people are often eager to see their anger as caused by others.

They feel justified in having righteous anger. There is always a‘them’ who is hurting ‘us’, and so the cycle of anger, revenge, resentment and fresh reasons to be angry keep up, generation after generation. The answer is to go where anger doesn’t exist —go to the silent mind.

Anger cannot be eliminated from society. Anger is part of the setup we accept and live by at the ego level. Ahimsa, non-violence, has deep roots in India. But life is lived from the ego level by everyone, so the answer to anger isn’t heeded.

People keep hoping that hostility, which breeds violence, crime and wars, can somehow be solved at the level of the problem. This isn’t so.


You must establish yourself at the level of the solution — silent mind.

Love, Deepak

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DISCLAIMER : Views expressed above are the author's own.

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