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From chapter 1 of Nectar of Instruction by HDG AC Bhaktivedanta Swami


Similarly, anger can be controlled. We cannot stop anger altogether, but if we simply become angry with those who blaspheme the Lord or the devotees of the Lord, we control our anger in Krsna consciousness. Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu became angry with the miscreant brothers Jagai and Madhai, who blasphemed and struck Nityananda Prabhu. In His Siksastaka Lord Caitanya wrote, trnad api sunicena taror api sahisnuna: “One should be humbler than the grass and more tolerant than the tree.” One may then ask why the Lord exhibited His anger. The point is that one should be ready to tolerate all insults to one’s own self, but when Krsna or His pure devotee is blasphemed, a genuine devotee becomes angry and acts like fire against the offenders. Krodha, anger, cannot be stopped, but it can be applied rightly. It was in anger that Hanuman set fire to Lanka, but he is worshiped as the greatest devotee of Lord Ramacandra. This means that he utilized his anger in the right way. Arjuna serves as another example. He was not willing to fight, but Krsna incited his anger: “You must fight!” To fight without anger is not possible. Anger is controlled, however, when utilized in the service of the Lord.



So eat what you enjoy in your prasadam, if you are predisposed to anger, find someone appropriate to be angry with, until that emotion is purified.



BG 5.29 - Everything depends on one's practical performance of duties in an effort to control the senses and conquer the influence of desire and anger. And, attaining Krsna consciousness by controlling the above-mentioned passions, one remains factually in the transcendental stage, or brahman-nirvana.

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www.kitchendoctor.com find out what your dosha is..then it says what foods aggravate or alleviate your anger..

If your agni is high or your fitr is high they tell you to avoid spicy foods as that aggravates your anger...it all depends on your body type.


Meditation, yoga and pranayama definately help

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Nowhere is there a teaching to control anger. This is tantamount to controlling the wind, earth movement, etc. The bhagavad Gita is clear that we must control the ACTIONS of anger. Forgive me, but in a book I wrote, the character says:


"Anger is like the fiyeh, like the wind. It comes and goes as it pleases, from soul to soul, to see if anyone will invite him to stay. No one is held responsible by the One God for Anger stalking their neighborhoods, ringing their doorbells. In fact, O Jahovia is pleased by His Own when they live freely without fearing this demon. But, to invite him into your house will surely burn it down and blow it's contents to all corners of the world. Anger, when turned away as you have always done, comes by less frequently. You say you are sorry, I say you are most fortunate to have so little of his attention."


So we need food to control the action of anger, anything that makes one less stresses will help. Caffein, too much protein, in fact, because actions of anger are in the realm of rajas (Mode of passion), consult the Bhagavad Gita to find which foods are in this mode. Many of these foods are non-meat items, so some may eat freely without knowing how harmful they are in regards to controlling emotional output.


But dont worry about controlling anger, cant be done, nor does one really want anger controlled. The comments from our resident ksatriyas above and the great purport they provide shows how to control actions of anger by using it effectively against those who deserve the wrath of the righteously indignant.


Hare Krsna, ys, mahaksadasa


PS But, as I was taught by Srila Prabhupada personally, before one draws a sword to emulate King Pariksit against evil, one must first become a king. Otherwise, you will just rot in prison.

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Purport Srimad Bhagavatam 3.15.31


"If one’s desire is not fulfilled, the younger brother, anger, follows. Here we can mark that even great saintly persons like the Kumāras were also angry, but they were not angry for their personal interests. They were angry because they were forbidden to enter the palace to see the Personality of Godhead. Therefore the theory that in the perfectional stage one should not have anger is not supported in this verse. Anger will continue even in the liberated stage. These four mendicant brothers, the Kumāras, were considered liberated persons, but still they were angry because they were restricted in their service to the Lord. The difference between the anger of an ordinary person and that of a liberated person is that an ordinary person becomes angry because his sense desires are not being fulfilled, whereas a liberated person like the Kumāras becomes angry when restricted in the discharge of duties for serving the Supreme Personality of Godhead."



Purport Bhagavad Gita As It Is 16.1-3


"Akrodha means to check anger. Even if there is provocation one should be tolerant, for once one becomes angry his whole body becomes polluted. Anger is a product of the modes of passion and lust, so one who is transcendentally situated should check himself from anger."


Bhagavad Gita 16.4


"Arrogance, pride, anger, conceit, harshness and ignorance--these qualities belong to those of demoniac nature, O son of Prtha."


Bhagavad Gita 16.4


"There are three gates leading to this hell--lust, anger and greed. Every sane man should give these up, for they lead to the degradation of the soul."


There are 2 types of anger, anger inspired by devotional sentiment and mundane anger inspired by ignorance, pride, lust or greed. A knowledgeable devotee would never be angry in any circumstance for any reason if Krishna didn't want to inspire transcendental anger in that devotee for the furthurence of devotional sentiment. This is because the knowledgeable devotee understands that Krishna is controlling the actions of everyone.


Sri Krishna states in the Bhagavad Gita





One who can see that all activities are performed by the body, which is created of material nature, and sees that the self does nothing, actually sees.


PURPORT by A.C Bhaktivedanta Swami


This body is made by material nature under the direction of the Supersoul, and whatever activities are going on in respect to one's body are not his doing. Whatever one is supposed to do, either for happiness or for distress, one is forced to do because of the bodily constitution. The self, however, is outside all these bodily activities. This body is given according to one's past desires. To fulfill desires, one is given the body, with which he acts accordingly. Practically speaking, the body is a machine, designed by the Supreme Lord, to fulfill desires. Because of desires, one is put into difficult circumstances to suffer or to enjoy. This transcendental vision of the living entity, when developed, makes one separate from bodily activities. One who has such a vision is an actual seer.


The devotee in full knowledge of the transcendental science sees that everyone is acting out their karma under the control of the Lord, therefore they cannot be angry at anyone because they see that everyone is being forced to act the way they do.


Srimad Bhagavatam 11.10.11


tasmaj jijnasayatmanam

atma-stham kevalam param

sangamya nirased etad

vastu-buddhim yatha-kramam


Therefore, by the cultivation of knowledge one should approach the Supreme Personality of Godhead situated within oneself. By understanding the Lord's pure, transcendental existence, one should gradually give up the false vision of the material world as independent reality.


Still liberated souls do become angry. But their anger is caused by the Supreme Lord for the purpose of devotional sentiments, it is yogamaya, not mahamaya, which is behind the anger. A devotee in full knowledge cannot be angry if his perfect vision is not clouded over because perfect vision means that you see everyone serving the will of the Lord, seeing the Lord as the controller and everyone else as the controlled, the uttama adhikari stage of bhakti. Therefore by the action of the Lord's yogamaya potency the fully knowledgable devotee can be temporarily covered over by forgetfullness due to the lord's desire to create a devotional sentiment. Lord Chaitanya showed the nature of this transcendental anger when he got angry at Jagai and Madhai. That anger was not real anger, it was a devotional sentiment. The pastimes of Jagai and Madhai were planned out by the Lord long before they occured, therefore how can the Lord be angry with the actions of people when he has purposefully caused those offensive actions to take place in order to perform a pastime? That is why Lord Nityananda did not become angry when he was attacked, as the representative of Guru Tattva he was showing the status of the fully knowledgeable devotee by not being angry. Similarly for the knowledgeable devotee it is impossible for him to be really angry because he sees the Lord as the cause of all causes, therefore that knowledge is temporarily covered over by the Lord when he wants the devotee to display devotional sentiments of anger.


This type of anger should not be confused with mundane anger which is the result of lust, greed or pride being thwarted.

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