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He that is slow to anger

slow to anger


Anger is caused by our inability to mentally cope with some situation. There is a perceived loss of control over factors affecting important values. The values might be pride, getting someplace on time, someone we love, money, or being treated "fairly", etc. etc.


With anger, we may hope that a burst of energy aimed at the threat will defeat it. While it is true that anger can be used constructively at times to give us energy we need to fight back if physically attacked, for most situations it merely clouds our judgement and creates extra stress. If anger prompts aggressive behavior toward other people, it can permanently harm relationships--especially with those we love.


Much has been said about anger. In this post, it is my humble attempt to offer a collection of specific verses related to anger from Bhagwad Gita, the ancient Hindu Scripture.

atha kena prayuktoayam papam charati purusah
anichchannapi vashneya baladiva niyojitah

Bhagwad Gita 3:36

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?

kama esha krodha esha rajoguna samudhbhava
mahashano mahapapma viddhyemaniha vairinam

Bhagwad Gita 3:37

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).


krodhadbhawati sanmohah sanmoshatsmritivibhramah
smritibhranshad buddhinasho buddinasatpranasyati

Bhagwad Gita 2:63

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.

trividham narakasyedam dwaram nashanamatmanah
kamah krodhastatha lobhastasmadetattrayam tyajet

Bhagwad Gita 16:21

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

shaknotihaiva yah sodhum prakshariravimokshanat
kamakrododbhavam vegam sa youktah sa sukhi narah

Bhagwad Gita 5:23

He who is able to resist the impulse arising out of desire and anger even before he quits his body—he is a Yogi, and he is a happy man.

kamakrodhaviyuktanam yateenam yatchetasam
abhito brahmanirvanam vartate viditatmanam

Bhagwad Gita 5:26

Those who are free from desire and anger, and who have subdued their minds and realised themselves—around such austere men lies the beatitude of God (Brahmic bliss).



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