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The Root of Anger

Author: Archana-siddhi Devi Dasi A therapist draws on Lord Krishna’s teachings to help a child control his rage. THE HOSPITAL ROOM SMELLS strongly of antiseptic as I walk in. Chris sits on his bed, immersed in rapidly pushing buttons with his thumbs. “Nintendo?” I ask nonchalantly, breaking his concentration. “Play Station,” he replies, continuing to madly push buttons. I sit in a chair next to his bed, observing his strategy for blowing things up. After a couple of minutes, Chris slams the game paddle to the floor. “I hate this game,” he snarls, with a few expletives thrown in. Instinctively I reply, “Hmm, sounds like you’re really angry.” My statement of the obvious sounds ludicrous to both of us. Chris ignores me. He covers his head with the bed sheet and mumbles to himself. I feel uncomfortable and don’t know what to say to draw him out. Chris is an ... Read More »

Cool Your Anger

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Cool Your Anger Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Mathajis, Please accept my humble obeisances! All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva! Our dear Maharaj, HDG Srila Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj, used to say that anger is just one letter short of danger. So anger is a just one step before danger.Therefore one should control his anger. In the 4th canto 11th chapter Syambhuva Manu instructs Dhruva Maharaj to stop fighting with the Yakshas. His instructions to Dhurva were: Face the Supreme Personality of Godhead in our original position (eternal part and parcel of Krishna), and thus, by self-realization, we will find this material differentiation to be merely flickering. By serving the Supreme Lord, we will very soon forget the illusory understanding of “I” and “my”. Then in Srimad Bhagavatam verse 4.11.31, Syambhuva Manu says samyaccha rosham bhadram te prateepam shreyasaam param shrutena bhuyasaa raajann agadhena yathaa mayam “My dear King, just consider ... Read More »

Anger is Danger

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Anger is Danger Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Mathajis, Please accept our humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva. In Bhagavad Gita Chapter 16, verse 4 while explaining about the nature of demoniac people Lord Krishna says, dambho darpo ‘bhimaanash ca krodhah paarushyam eva ca ajnaanam caabhijaatasya paartha sampadam aasurim “Pride, arrogance, conceit, anger, harshness and ignorance” these qualities belong to those of demoniac nature, O son of Prthaa” In his wonderful purport to the above verse, Srila Prabhupada says - “In this verse, the royal road to hell is described. The demoniac want to make a show of religion and advancement in spiritual science, although they do not follow the principles. They are always arrogant or proud in possessing some type of education or so much wealth. They desire to be worshiped by others, and demand respectability, although they do not command respect. Over trifles they become very angry and ... Read More »