Maha Upadesh of Aadishri – Part – 10
I want to understand from all of you about what you mean when you say that you want peace. Is it peace for yourself, your family, your village, your country or the entire world?
If it is the case that you want peace for the entire world, then I ask you a question-who among you feels anger at least once a day?I want to raise your sleeping consciousness by reminding you that if you feel anger even once a day, you are actually polluting the world consciousness by your anger. And if you do not feel anger even once a day, then you are actually contributing to a peaceful environment not only for yourself, your family and relations, but to the entire world as well. This is truly the extent of your contribution to the entire world.
You may have heard that the one who sacrifices, is truly worth respecting, so I want to ask you to sacrifice your anger. The Gita in chapter 16 verse 21 calls anger the gateway to hell. I ask you – Why do you want to sit on the fast train to hell by generating anger in your heart? The same is said in chapter 2 verse 63 of the Gita, that anger generates very coarse and negative emotions.
For me, the best contribution we can make as individuals is to reject anger, lust, greed and ego from our lives and to adopt the eternal positive values of peace, happiness, love and service to others. If the world population does this at large, then we would have rejected the values of Kaliyuga and adopted the values of Satyauga.
Thus negative qualities related to anger, irritation, expressing anger on others, finding fault, taunting others, taking out ones irritation on others etc, these things have far worse impacts than even the deadly pollution that Delhi is experiencing these days.
Just as various measures have been suggested and adapted to tackle the effects of air pollution in Delhi, similarly, I will suggest methods to stop the spread of anger and hate in society.
They are as follows:-
- Practice the yoga of equanimity
- Maintain your balance in the face of all kinds of situations.
- If you have to disagree with someone, then do so with gentleness and politeness.
The point is that one should deal with the various situations that one faces, with no anger in ones heart and with the aim of transferring the same peace to the opposing person as well.
Let me remind you all that anger is not your natural state. Peace;love;service to others;compassion to all, truthfulness etc are your natural benevolent state. We have lost the natural state and we have got used to unnatural states in our life.
The only way to return is to abandon the state of anger and hate. I would ask you to not only have peace in your own heart but also to avoid those people who have anger in their hearts. It is better to not associate with such people. I suggest that you should not even take food prepared by such people since that food is also contaminated and will affect your health and equanimity.
These, then, are some of the ways to avoid the path of anger, fear and hate and to take the path of peace and happiness.