ANGER
July 14, 2001
Des Plaines Mandira

In Vachanamrut Gadhada First 69, Lord Swaminarayan explains, "A saint should not bear malice to anyone by thought, word, or deed. He should not harbor any form of ego, but instead, he should behave as a servant of servants with all. Having a nature of krodha (anger) is the dharma of a wicked person, and behaving with a shaanta (calm) nature is the dharma of a saint."

In Vachanamrut Gadhada First 76, Lord Swaminarayan explains, "There are four types of people I do not get along with even if they happen to be devotees of God: an angry person, a jealous person, a deceitful person, and an egotistical person. Of these, both anger and jealousy are dependent on ego. Further, I can never believe a lustful person to be a satsangee."

In Vachanamrut Loya 1, Lord Swaminarayan explains, "I have much animosity towards anger; I do not like angry people and angry demigods...What is anger like? Well, it is like a rabid dog. If the saliva of a rabid dog touches a man or a cow, then they, like the incessantly barking rabid dog, suffer and die. Similarly, one infected by 'saliva' in the form of anger, like the rabid dog, suffers and falls from the path of a saint...Anger makes the person in whom it arises appear ugly." When Shuk Muni asks if it is obstructive if a slight trace of anger arises but is then suppressed, Lord Swaminarayan explains, "Even if a trace of anger were to arise, it would still be a source of extreme misery."

In Vachanamrut Loya 14, Lord Swaminarayan explains, "Initially I had a strong dislike for anyone with lust. However, now I have a strong dislike for those who have anger, ego, or jealousy. The reason is that a lustful person passes his days in satsanga by being humble, like a householder devotee; but as for those who have anger, ego, or jealousy, they can be seen to definitely regress in satsanga. For this reason I am deeply saddened by these types of people."

In Vachanamrut Gadhada Last 1, Lord Swaminarayan explains, "One who has affection for God and His devotees can never become angry on or jealous of God or His devotees, and in no way does he attribute faults to them."

In Vachanamrut Ahmedabad 8, Lord Swaminarayan explains, "A saint should renounce anger in all respects. What is anger like? Well, it destroys all virtuous qualities." After discussing the many ways that anger arises in saints, Lord Swaminarayan explains that if a saint becomes angry, "He should first prostrate to whomever he has expressed his anger upon, and then please that person by speaking pleasant words to him in a pleading, humble, and sincere tone. This is My command."

For the benefit of devotees however, in Vachanamrut Gadhada Last 34, Lord Swaminarayan explains that God's great saint, "May express anger on a person who infringes the disciplines of dharma and follows adharma."

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