Friday, January 24, 2014



                        A saintly sage was walking with his students. He saw some people angrily shouting at each other at the top of their voice. The Guru drew the attention of the students to the fact that people are found to shout at each other when they are in anger, even when the enemy is physically quite close to them. The students gave different answers but none satisfied the teacher.
                        He finally explained that people shout when they are in anger because in that state their hearts are at a great distance from each other. Though they are near, their hearts are so distant that they have to shout to be heard. The greater the anger, the greater is the distance between their hearts and the louder will be their voice.
                        On the other hand when two people have fallen in love, they talk softly and often only whisper because they can hear each other as their hearts are close together. When their love is very intense, they may look at each other silently for any length of time, because in that intimate state, the distance between their loving hearts reduces to almost zero and they need no words for communication.
                        He advised the students to avoid angry arguments which increase the distance between the hearts, sometimes to such a great extent that a return to the former state of friendship becomes difficult or impossible.
                        Dale Carnegie, in his famous book entitled “How to win friends and influence people” says, “The best way to win an argument is to avoid it.”                          
                        Let us get rid of all bitterness, anger, shouting, insults and hateful feelings of any sort. Instead, let us learn to love one another and be kind and tender-hearted to others, and forgive those who insult us.
                        Let us remember that ‘ANGER’ is only one letter short of ‘DANGER’. Robert Green Ingersoll said, “Anger blows out the lamp of the mind.” Benjamin Franklin said, “Whatever is begun in anger ends in shame.”
                        Lord Buddha taught, “Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burnt.”
                        Unjustified anger can bring about our downfall. Let us wait and be patient before reacting to an irritating situation, and later we will be glad we did”.

© By: Prof. Dr. Babu Philip, Darsana Academy, Kottayam-686001, Kerala, India ( Former Professor, Cochin University of Science & Technology, Fine Arts Avenue, Kochi-682016, Kerala, India), Prof. Mrs. Rajamma Babu, Former Professor, St. Dominic's College, Kanjirappally,  Leo. S. John, St. Antony's Public School, Anakkal, Kanjirappally and Neil John, Maniparambil, Ooriyakunnath, Kunnumbhagom, Kanjirappally, Kottayam-686507, Kerala, India.
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