Walk Ten Steps Backward if You are Angry! (Post No.5303)

Compiled by London swaminathan

Date: 9 August 2018


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Post No. 5303


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A very hot tempered man was told by his Guru to walk ten paces backwards every time his temper rose and he felt like lashing out. The man had gone to another village and arrived home quite late at night. He came home to find someone else was sleeping in his place. Thinking the worst of his wife he unsheathed his sword and was just about to kill the two of them.


Just then he remembered what his Guru had told him and so he stepped ten paces backwards. While he was doing this , he knocked off something  and the noise awoke the person sleeping in his place. It was his daughter. As soon as he realised who the person was , he was grateful to have taken those steps backwards. Therefore it is better to be a little hesitant before an act than to be sorry when it is too late.

Source: Sikshapatri, Swaminarayan Mandir, Kalupur, Ahmedabad, Year 2000


My Comments:-


Great harm may be caused by anger.

Therefore one should restrain anger towards anybody-

Kural 303 (Tamil poet Tiruvalluvar)


If one wishes to safeguard oneself, one should control anger, If not it is bound to ruin oneself – Kural 305




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Four Types of Angry People! (Post No.2952)


Article Written by London swaminathan

Date: 8 July 2016

Post No. 2952

Time uploaded in London :– 14-31

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Sanskrit is the only ancient language in the world, where we can read about anything under the sun. Though Greek literature comes closer to Sanskrit in its contents there is nothing before 800 BCE in Greek language. And we don’t have a law book like Manu’s, a sex manual like Kamasutra, a linguistics book like Yaska’s or a grammar book like that of Panini’s. Hebrew, Chinese, Latin and Tamil can’t come anywhere near Sanskrit.


We have Sanskrit words and sentences in documents and inscriptions from 1400 BCE – an indisputable archaeological proof. Even training the horse is mentioned in the Boghazkoi inscriptions dated around 1400 BCE. Tamil inscriptions are available from 300 BCE, that too with Sanskrit and Prakrit words only.


Here are some Sanskrit couplets from Manu and others:–



Uttama, Madhhyama, Adhama and Papi


Uttame sa kshanam kopo madhyame ghatikaadwayam

Adhame sydahoraatram paapishtee maranaantaka:


Good people won’t feel the anger for more than a moment.

People in the next rank – not so good, but O.K—will feel the anger for 48 minutes (i.e. for two ghatikaas; a ghatikaa is 24 minutes).

People at the lower level, will be angry for 24 hours (Aha:+raatri).

But the sinners (paapishta:) will keep the anger till they die.

Those who feel the anger over an incident for ever are sinners! That is the message it gives.


Tamil poet Tiru valluvar also says, “The anger of a person who has reached the pinnacle of goodness will not last even for a moment”. – Kural 29

Beware of the fury of the patient man, says John Dryden


Manu on Anger:–


Manu, the oldest Law Maker, (his name is in the oldest book in the world, the Rig Veda), lists the eight bad qualities that come out of anger:

Paisunam saahasam droha iirshyaarsuuyaarthaduushanam

Vaagdandajam sa paarushyam krodajopi ganoshtakah

Manu 7-48

Slander, physical violence, malice, envy, resentment, destruction of property, verbal abuse and assault are the eight vices born out of anger.


Durvaasa – synonym of anger!


In Hindu literature Durvasa’s name is synonymous with anger. He din’t even wait for a minute to curse anyone. He was notes for his uncontrollable temper. Many fell under his curses. He cursed Sakuntalaa for keeping him waiting at the door, and so caused the separation between her and King Dushyanta. But whne he was happy he gave boons as well. Kunti got a boon from him and became a mother by the sun.


He cursed Indra for showing disrespect to the garland he presented to Indra. Devas went to Vishnu and he arranged the Samudra Martha – Churning of the Ocean —  at last the demons were overpowered. When Krishna forgot to wipe his foot he cursed him and foretold Krishna how he would die. ‘Durvasa’ means ill clothed. Probably his dirty clothe is his anger!


My old articles on ANGER:–


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

Compiled  by London Swaminathan, Date: 23 February 2016


When angry, count a hundred! (Post No 2565)Date: 22 February 2016


Conquer Evil Doers by Saintliness, Anger by peacefulness (Post No. 2839)

Date: 25 May 2016

Sringeri Acharya’s Advice on Anger Management! Compiled  by London Swaminathan,  Date: 22 September 2015




How can you tackle Angry People?



WRIITEN BY london swaminathan

Date : 11 September  2015

Post No. 2148

Time uploaded in London: –   19-16

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Great harm may be caused by anger. Therefore one should restrain anger towards anybody – Tirukkural 303


Can there be greater enemy than anger which flares up, destroying one’s peace of mind and cheerfulness? – 304


If one wishes to safeguard oneself, one should control anger. If not, it is bound to ruin oneself – 305


How Mataji tamed a Modern Durvasa

Swami Ramdas of Ananashramam narrated this anecdote:–

Sadhus (ascetics), to whatever denomination, sect or creed they belong, welcome at Anandhasram situated near Kanhankad in Northern Kerala. Sometimes we would find scuffles and fights going on amongst them in the Ashram Dharmashala. One would say to the other, “You should not touch me. Stand farther away! You belong to a lower sect. You have no business to sit close to me. Why did you touch my leaf? You have polluted the leaf on which I was served my food and so on and so forth”.

anger cartoon

Once a Sadhu came to the Ashram and would not eat food in the common dining hall. So he cooked his food separately. He was given the necessary provisions such as rice, dhal, ghee, wheat flower and vegetables for cooking his food. One day he had taken a bucket from the ashram for storing water. He had, of course his own Lota/tumbler which was used by him for drinking water and other purposes.  He also kept the bucket, nearly half full, by his side it was rather close to the plantain leaf on which he had, as usual, served his food , prepared by himself. He sat down for eating.

Just then, a woman worker of the ashram went there. She wanted the bucket, as it was the one used by her for washing utensils. She was about to take vessel, and had hardly touched it, when the sadhu shouted: “How did you dare to touch my bucket? You have polluted the whole place I cannot take this food”.

He became wild and started cursing and shouting at her. We could hear him in the ashram.  He was jumping about with uncontrollable fury. The woman, unable to stand all this ran away from the place and came to Mataji Krishnabai. In a moment, another person came and reported to Mataji: “The sadhu has collected all the food he had cooked and served on the leaf and thrown it away to the dogs. He is still fretting and fuming. Nobody dare approach him”.

The sadhu was short and stout in stature and had a ferocious look. He had a grizzly beard and a matted hair on his head. Mataji looked at his wild behaviour from a distance and found he was burning with anger. He looked like a modern Durvasa in action. She felt that something must be done to calm him down. She went inside the kitchen store. There were in it some water melons. She cut them into nicely shaped pieces and got also some fine variety of plantains and two tender coconuts. All these she placed on a plate and asked another worker to ake it to the sadhu. She also followed the worker to the place where the sadhu was.


When the sadhu saw the plate with the juicy red water melon pieces and other fine fruits, and Mataji coming along with them, his anger cooled down a bit. Mataji said to him: “The woman worker committed a mistake but she never intentionally did it. Will you just take the fruits on this plate?”  She handed him also a big pitcher full of sweet warm milk. He now sat down and began to eat and when nearly half the fruit and milk was finished, he came back to normal.

Mataji is a tamer of lions. A smile appeared on the sadhu’s face when the whole quantity of fruits and milk went down. Now he was perfectly cheerful. Mataji then asked him, “ How do you feel?” He replied, “Quite happy, mother!”  At last, he went about telling everybody that Mataji was supremely gracious. “The food I had prepared was nothing in comparison”, he said. “What she gave me was veritable nectar. My body was burning, but it has cooled down now. I am most grateful to her”.

DURVASA: An angry saint in the Hindu Mythology, who was famous for his anger and curses