All of us struggle to keep our temper under check. What do we do at such times? Bhagawan gives us a few practical tips and sweetly challenges us to experiment with these in our own lives!
When you get violent and angry with anyone, quietly repeat the Name of the Lord to overcome it or drink a glass of cold water or spread your bed and lie down until the fit of fury passes! While angry, you abuse another and they do the same; tempers rise, heat is generated, and lasting injury is done! Five minutes of anger damages relationships for five generations, remember! This skeletal cage or body (asthipanjaram) is Hasthinapuram, where we have the blind king, Dhritarashtra, symbolising ignorance, as well as Yudhistira, symbolising wisdom. Let forces of Yudhistira win, with the help of Sri Krishna. Let the tongue, accustomed to the bitterness of the margosa fruit of worldly triumphs and disasters, taste the sweet honey of remembering the Lord’s Name. Experiment with this for a time and you will be surprised at the result! You can feel the vast improvement in peace and stability in you and around you. Learn this easy lesson, get immersed in joy, and let others also share that joy with you.
– Divine Discourse, Sep 02, 1958.