This article is graciously provided for republication by the author, Dr. Dinesh Sharma, an Ayurvedacharya, consultant Vastu Master, Vedic Astrologer and Ayurvedic Physician and teacher in the Himalayan Tradition of Yoga and Meditation for more than 30 years.
All the emotions have both, productive as well negative aspects. Nature has packaged us with all the necessary constituents for survival. While in exile it was Lord Rama's sworn fury towards demons which came to the succor of the helpless Rishis, who were being brutally mass murdered almost on daily basis in Dandakaranya. Anger is productive when one raises voice for a right cause and acts against unjust to protect the suppressed and helpless but the unjustified rage leads only to meaningless acrimony and disturbance.
When the Pandavas commissioned their new capital in Indraprastha and invited their Kaurava cousins for the inaugural ceremony, crown prince of Hastinapur Duryodhana, tripped and fell in a water pool thinking it to be a floral platform. Draupadi, the queen of Indraprastha, who had hardly any love lost for him, laughed and mocked calling him as the blind son of a blind father. This didn't go too well with temperamental Duryodhana. He settled his score by conspiring to defeat Pandvas in the tricky game of dice rolling, of which he and his maternal uncle Shakuni were masters, and took his revenge by disrobing Draupadi in an open court after winning her as the final stake in the game. This started big animosity followed by mindless killing of millions of people in a huge strife.
Out of all, anger is the most intense emotion. It draws the whole energy and channelises it in a single stream either through speech or other physical activity. Possessed with anger, one can act beyond one's normal physical capacity.
After its origin if unwarranted anger is not managed properly, it acts like an unabated contagious disease, affecting one after another. One person's bad temper, even though silent, can affect everyone in the family or in a group. Negative energy emanating from an irritated person is bound to affect other person or persons coming in contact. One can say and do even the most unthinkable under fury. Not only the life of one ill tempered person gets destroyed but his mindless act can jeopardize the future of the whole family.
It's not wise to blame others for our anger. If we do so, we are not being honest. Even if we think that others are responsible for our chagrin, the loss is still ours. Our body undergoes seriously damaging process through the release of most harmful toxins. The breath becomes rapid and shallow. The heart beats very rapidly. The blood pressure rises. People have even been observed to suffer heart attack and even death in extreme exasperation.
Statistics show that the percentage of cold blooded murders is far lower than the spontaneous killings due to unrestrained anger.
For a sadhaka anger is the worst deterrent on the spiritual path. The sages have warned that 'Krodha' or bad temper is the most abominable enemy of the man.
Being human we all are prone to irritation on almost daily basis. Bad temper is the symptom of a weak mind. A meditative mind seldom reacts to even the most irritating tantrums. Before some serious damage is done, learn to tame the storm inside you. There is a very simple and systematic process to cool down. Watch your breath. The breathing becomes very rapid and shallow in the fit of anger.
Sit down with neck and back aligned in a straight line. Close the eyes and watch your breath. Feel the flow of the breath in the nostrils. While inhaling feel the coolness of the breath and while exhaling feel the warmth. After a few minutes bring your awareness to the abdomen. Place right palm on the naval and while inhaling feel as if your belly is ballooning out gently and while exhaling its shrinking back to its normal position. Slowly your breath will start becoming deeper and calmer. After ten minutes lie down on your back and turn right and support your neck with arm or a soft and small pillow. Stay in this position for another ten minutes.
This will activate the Chandra Naadi (Lunar breath) which very effectively calms down the mind. The chemistry is simple. The way the breathing becomes restless and rapid due to an agitated mind, the conscious and systematic practice of restful and deep breathing calms the mind back to its normal repose.
We need to remember that before killing, Lord Krishna forgave Shishupal's ninety nine most abusive humiliations, repeatedly advising him that the hundredth will be the last one.