Anger and its elimination – Part II by Atman Nityananda / blog
The destroyer of peace is anger,
the destroyer of happiness is anger,
the destroyer of harmony is anger,
the destroyer of unity and love is anger,
- dislike, aversion,
- annoyance, vexation
- resentment, irritation-irritablilty
- indignation, tantrum
- wrath, rage, anger
- fury, rancor, hatred.
are all varieties of anger, classified according to their taste and the degree of intensity.
Desire and lust are the chief causes of anger. More precise anger is a modification of desire. (see also below “Bhagavad Gita Ch II, III V).
Both desire and anger are born of the quality (guna) of Rajas which is one of the three gunas that tight the Soul in the Samsara. Identification with gunas creates bondage and the development of the egoic self or ego with its innumerable expressions (anger, jealousy, hated, envy, pride, arrogance, vanity etc.). Ego causes separation, imbalances, disequilibrium, disharmony, diseases and suffering individually and collectively.
Read about the three gunas here: The Three Gunas
When anger arises?
When situations doesn’t happen as we wish or expect, when we don’t meet our expectations, when people don’t behave as we wish, when they diminish (or we think they do it) our self-image, when they impede us get what we want, when they disturb us while we are concentrated on something, when we don’t get or don’t achieve what we want or expect then anger arises asssuming one of the above forms.
There are many anger’s conditioned patterns stored in our subconscious. That means that under certain circumstances, situations, behavior of others, and sesory inputs, we react compulsively with some type of anger. The emotion of anger is linked or associated with them as well as with certain thoughts, and in their presence or in their remembrance anger arises automatically.
Thoughts, images, sensory inputs (sounds, images etc.), words and emotions, (in this case anger) , are linked together as a whole and are stored in the subconscious. When one or some of them appears in our awareness then they trigger the anger which is manifested in the twinkle of an eye and without our volition and conscious will.
Identification with anger
Unfortunately most identify with anger and take it as something innate of their nature, as something that belongs to them while it is only a distortion of sexual energy and psychic prana; while it is something that has been developed in our psyche, due to the very fact that we lost the awareness of our divine nature (Atman, Consciousness) and our unity with the divine Conscousness (God, Brahman, Spirit …).
By identifying with anger we are competently possessed by anger and behave in a disharmonious, blind and destructive manner. By identifying with anger we become victims of anger and also magnify anger. Anger blinds and confuses us. Our discernment, reason and mental clarity are annihilated. We become unable to see things as they are, to understand and act with love and unity and according to the needs of the circumstances. We see our fellow men (even our husband/wife, siblings, parents, children) as enemies.
When anger manifests itself, we think, speak and act under the influence of anger. What we think, say and do is enormously influenced by the energy of anger. To what extent? It depends on the power of anger manifestation, our state of consciousness at that moment, our state of mind (sattvic, rajasic, tamasic), our abilities and skills, the environment, the vibrational and mental state of the people we are dealing with, our energy level, previous experiences of our day, difficulties or serious problems we may have during that period of time, etc.
Anger negatively affects all aspects of our existence (body, vital prana-energy, feelings, mind and intellect) and, of course, prevents us from being aware of our true Self (Atman), the silent space of Consciousness which is the source and support of everything, as well as an ocean of peace, freedom, plenitude and unlimited and eternal bliss.
Anger causes emotional and mental disharmony and disturbances, as well as psychosomatic illnesses.
Anger causes inharmonious relationships, hostility and violence. We say and do things that we regret when anger passes. Accumulated anger turns into hatred, rancor, malice, malevolence.
THE DISSOLUTION OF ANGER ENERGRY
Suprresion or expression?
Neither suppression nor expression can free us from anger. Both maintain and strengthen anger in our psyche. In addition, suppression can lead to blockages of the natural flow of vital energy, emotional and mental imbalances and disturbances, uncontrollable behaviors and psychosomatic illnesses.
What is the solution?
Motivation – Intention – Commitment – Practice
Obviously, first of all it is a matter of interest and motivation, how much you want to get rid of the clutches of anger. Without motivation, interest and intention we cannot achieve anything.
Knowledge – Plan – Methods – Practice
Then we need knowledge and help from outside (spiritual teachers and instructors, psychologists, therapists, knowledge from books, videos, internet etc.) and rediscover and utilize our inner resources.
We must systematically practice and develop Self-awareness, vigilance and alertness, detached observation, capacity to stop identification with thoughts and emotions, self-examination, inquiry, discernment and reflection.
We must develop a plan and apply with firmness, faith and determination various methods, means and techniques in order to achieve the goal.
Drawing up an action plan and a list of incidents where anger is expressed
Make a list with all situations or circumastases that you find yourself under the dominion of some type of anger.
Then make a plan and follow it with tenacity, patience, perseverence, , coherence, sincerity , determination and self-confidence.
Find the means and the methods to eradicate or dissolve one by one each special expression of anger.
Prayer, repetition of mantra and names of God, detached self-observation, stopping identification, self-examination, self-examination, self-inquiry, self-awareness, discernment and focused attention, meditation, increasing sattva quality and decreasing rajas and tams qualities in the mind, visualization with conscious breathing, purification of the 49 subconscious levels, EFT, Sedona method, cultivation of forgiveness, development of the opposite virtues (love, peace, compassion, etc. etc.), Bach flower remedies, practical healing, reiki, sattvic food, etc., are some of the ways or methods we can use to gradually eliminate the energy of anger.
Success is a matter of faith and practice
No matter the difficulties, the adversistes, the resistance of your egoic self and the temporary disappointments due to the delay of positive results if you practice diligently, with faith and determination at the end you will succeed to dissolve the anger.
Results of our work of dissolving anger
By dissolving a case of anger, the entire field of anger energy is reduced. We learn how to manage and dissolve the energy of anger. So we can more easily dissolve the next anger case. Gradually we will become more and more able to manage and dissipate the anger energy.
Our skills related to working with anger, such as (distraction, dispassionate self-observation, full attention, self-awareness, etc.), as well as our ability to apply the techniques or practices will also be developed. These skills and techniques that we apply to eliminate anger are also related to eliminating all other selfish tendencies So we become more and more capable of eliminating the other selfish tendencies as well.
Naturally by freeing our mind from anger we will enjoy more peace and happiness as well as happier and more harmonious relationships. Anger depletes our energy. So, by getting rid of anger we save a lot of energy and will have more energy to achieve our goals.
Finally, by dissolving anger and desires we open the gates to Self-realization and unalloyed peace and bliss!
Anger in Bhagavad Gita
56. He whose mind is not shaken by adversity, who does not hanker after pleasures, and who is free from attachment, fear and anger, is called a sage of steady wisdom.
The sage who has realised Brahman and is always absorbed in It does not have any rebirth. Such a sage sees Brahman within and without—within as the static and transcendent Brahman, and without as the entire universe. He sees the one Self in all beings and creatures—in a cow, an elephant, and even in a dog and an outcaste. He is ever free from joy and grief and enjoys eternal peace and happiness. He does not depend upon the senses for his satisfaction. On the other hand the enjoyments of the senses are generators of pain. They are impermanent. Sri Krishna reminds Arjuna that desire is the main cause of pain and suffering. It is the cause of anger. Therefore, the aspirant should try to eradicate desire and anger if he is to reach the Supreme.
The Lord concludes by describing how to control the senses, mind and intellect by concentrating between the eyebrows and practising Pranayama. One who has achieved perfect control of the outgoing senses and is freed from desire, anger and fear attains liberation and enjoys perfect peace. ~ Swami Sivananda
62. When a man thinks of the objects, attachment to them arises; from attachment desire is born; from desire anger arises.
63. From anger comes delusion; from delusion the loss of memory; from loss of memory the destruction of discrimination; from the destruction of discrimination he perishes.
37. It is desire, it is anger born of the quality of Rajas, all-sinful and all-devouring; know this as the foe here (in this world).
23. He who is able, while still here in this world to withstand, before the liberation from the body, the impulse born of desire and anger—he is a Yogi, he is a happy man.
24. He who is ever happy within, who rejoices within, who is illumined within, such a Yogi attains absolute freedom (Moksha), himself becoming Brahman.
He whose mind is not shaken by adversity, who does not hanker after pleasures, and who is free from attachment, fear and anger, is called a sage of steady wisdom!
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