Win Anger by serenity, wickedness by Virtue (Post No. 2568)


Compiled  by London swaminathan


Date: 23 February 2016


Post No. 2568


Time uploaded in London :–17-28


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Anger in Tamil and Sanskrit Literature

Yesterday the first part of this was posted under the title Count a Hundred When you are Angry’



1.Win Anger by serenity, wickedness by Virtue – Mahabharata 5-15-18; Vidura Niti 7-72

(Akrodhena jayet krodham asaadhum saadhunaa jayet)


2.Unexpressed anger will never subside- Ramayana manjari


3.Duties not performed, invite even the wrath of the good – Valmiki Ramayana 5-1-97



4.What else can scorch better than fire? (Sakuntalam about anger)



5.Anger is the root cause of all calamities –Hitopadesa




6.Anger indeed is the arch rival of man- Subhasita ratna bandagara 3-880



7.He who conquers anger, conquers the whole word – Katha sarit sagar


8.Men of wisdom rule anger, whereas anger rules the common man – Sisupala vada 16-26

(jitarosarayaa mahaadhiyah sapadi rosajito laghurjanah)


9.One who is enraged for a particular cause will surely be pacified once the cause ceases –Panchatantra 1-286



10.The anger of the righteous cannot be endured even for a moment

–Tirukkural couplet 29

The same couplet was interpreted in a different way by two old commentators

The anger of a person who has reached the pinnacle of goodness will not last even for a moment.

(This second interpretation is supported by the lives of holy saints).

The anger of the great is not long-lasting and ends on a gentle note – Bharatamanjari 1-26-1141

(Father who was angry with his son or daughter makes it up later by showering them with big gifts or presents)



11.Only the man who controls his temper, where it can hurt, is in fact controlling it,

Where his anger cannot have sway, such an exercise, is futile either way —-Tirukkural 301


12.Even where it cannot hurt others, anger is bad;

But where does it hurt, there is nothing worse –Tirukkural 302


13.As only evil consequences come out of it,

Anger is best avoided in respect of all –Tirukkural 303


14.Anger and wrath, these also abominations and the sinful man will possess them – Sirach 27-30, Bible


15.Can there be any greater enemy to mankind

Than anger, which kills laughter and joy? –Tirukkural 304


16.Wrath is cruel, anger is overwhelming –Proverbs 27-4, Bible


17.If you would protect yourself, guard against your own anger;

For, anger not controlled would lead to self destruction –Tirukkural  305


18.A fool gives full vent to his anger;

But a wise man quietly holds it back -Proverbs 29-11, Bible


19.A true saint is one who has eschewed affection, fear and wrath – Bhagavad Gita 2-56


20.Anger not only destroys those whom it affects, like fire, it will also burn

Those kindred souls, who step in to help as a raft towards salvation –Tirukkural 306


(Here Tirukkural uses the Sanskrit expression ‘Asrayasah’ ( in Tamil Sernthaaraik kolli; the one which destroys by hugging/joining; and it destroys itself as well)



Shakespeare also echoed it:

21.Men in rage strike those that wish them best – Shakespeare


22.He who sees substance in anger and gives way to it, will suffer evil consequences,

Even as he fools who slaps the ground —Tirukkural 307


23.Even if the memory of a great wrong burns one up like a holocaust

It is best to strain oneself to hold back the anger–Tirukkural couplet 308

24.A soft answer turns away wrath

But a harsh word stirs up anger – Proverbs 15-1, Bible


25.To an ascetic, who does not even think angry thoughts,

Every constructive thought will result in instant success–Tirukkural couplet 309

(This is how the saints get powers to get miracles; if one gives up lust or anger or desire, one develops miraculous powers; even animals wont harm one, in fact obeys one’s orders)

26.Heaven is won by composure – Katha sarit sagar



27.Those who have yielded to anger and to consequent evils, are like the dead,

While those who have reined in anger, are like the good ascetics–Tirukkural 310


28.Triple is the gate of hell, destructive of the self: Lust, Anger and Greed, therefore one should forsake these three – Bhagavad Gita 16-21


29.Anger is the enemy within (antah sapatnah kopoyam)- Jatakamala




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