Thursday, March 31, 2011

Anger is self-destructive

The following story of Gautama Buddha is very inspiring in a world where we are constantly being provoked and harassed. Very often we react with anger against those who accuse us with all sorts of false accusations. Even when we do the right thing which is considered good there those who attack us with all sorts of allegations.

Siddhattha Gautama Buddha

When we are provoked we are tempted to react with anger but will such a reaction solve the problem? If we do that it will only hurt us more than those who we intend to hit back. If we continue to react with anger finally we will be only be destroyed in the near future. Confronting anger with more anger will only be self-destructive.

Many of us may be angry with our spouse, our children, our parents, siblings and friends for the many ‘bad’ they have done to us. Very often these ‘bad’ may be just trivial but we are angered for reasons that we really do not understand. Anger is the cause of the breakdown of many marriages, families and other happily united institutions. Most of us harbor extreme anger and hatred towards our ‘enemies’. This anger in our hearts keeps eating into our inner peace and happiness. The faster we get the anger out of our hearts the better for us.

Another important fact is that when in anger, we can never solve our disputes with others in a logical and amicable manner. We must cool down by getting away from the scene that provoked us and then find ways to solve our disputes with others in a rational manner.

Buddha has a way for us to take the anger away from our hearts and the hearts of those who want to hurt us. Buddha might have nearly three lived thousand years ago but his teachings seem to be appropriate even today, not just to Buddhists but people of all faiths and mankind all over the world.


DEALING with INSULT….Lord Buddha

The Buddha explained how to handle insult and maintain compassion.

One day Buddha was walking through a village. A very angry and rude young man came up and began insulting him. "You have no right teaching others," he shouted. "You are as stupid as everyone else. You are nothing but a fake."

Buddha was not upset by these insults. Instead he asked the young man "Tell me, if you buy a gift for someone, and that person does not take it, to whom does the gift belong?"

The man was surprised to be asked such a strange question and answered, "It would belong to me, because I bought the gift."

The Buddha smiled and said, "That is correct. And it is exactly the same with your anger. If you become angry with me and I do not get insulted, then the anger falls back on you. You are then the only one who becomes unhappy, not me. All you have done is hurt yourself."

"If you want to stop hurting yourself, you must get rid of your anger and become loving instead. When you hate others, you yourself become unhappy. But when you love others, everyone is happy."

The young man listened closely to these wise words of the Buddha. "You are right, o Enlightened One, "he said. "Please teach me the path of love. I wish to become your follower."

The Buddha answered kindly, "Of course. I teach anyone who truly wants to learn. Come with me."

I would like to share some of the teachings of Buddha with you all. Remember Buddhism Is Not A Religion, It Is A Teaching & Education which is applicable to all regardless of their religious beliefs and even to agnostics and atheists. If we can adopt the many teachings of Buddha we will find the true happiness and peace in our hearts.

Beautiful Quotes for your reflection

1.If you are right then there is no need to get angry
And if you are wrong then you don't have any right to get angry.

2.Patience with family is love,
Patience with others is respect,

3.Patience with self is confidence
and Patience with GOD is faith.

4.Never Think Hard about PAST,
It brings Tears...
Don't Think more about FUTURE,
It brings Fears...
Live this Moment with a Smile,
It brings Cheers.!!!!

5.Every test in our life makes us bitter or better,
Every problem comes to make us or break us,
Choice is our whether we become victim or victorious !!!

6.Search a beautiful heart not a beautiful face.
Beautiful things are not always good
but good things are always beautiful.

7.Remember me like pressed flower in your Notebook.
It may not be having any fragrance
but will remind you of my existence forever in your life.

8.Do you know, why God created gaps between fingers?
So that someone who is special to you, comes and fills those gaps by holding your hands forever.

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