Anger is both water and fire. It is not an easy thing to comprehend, but it is totally under our control.
More often than not, anger is directed at the self than at others. It is one emotion which hurts us more than it hurts others.
We are born in the purest form. That is our basic essence. We are born with the calmness of the universe. Space is calm, and yet every day new stars and planets are born and destroyed. So if our existence is like the calmness of the universe, anger is one of these galactic events. It is something that can explode and affect us, but we are far bigger than it is.
Anger is like a tiny ripple. If we are a large mass of water, this ripple can grow into a large wave and wreak havoc, but in the end it must subside into the calmness from which it sprung forth. So the disturbance is temporary, and we hold the key to allowing it to expand or contract.
Anger is also fire that burns everything in its path. At the same time, it burns itself. After it has run through its course of destruction, and exhausted the fuel that sustains it, calmness returns. It is us who control the fuel that feeds anger. Isn’t that something wonderful to realize?
Now that we know we hold the key, what can stop us from preventing the fuel from burning? We ourselves! We are always in control, no matter how helpless or disgusted we feel about our anger.
But how do we stop anger—the fuel—from burning? It is from the realization that it leads to pain and destruction. When we know we are falling prey to anger, we need to step back and look at what is happening to us. Only then we can restore calmness.

 

憤怒

憤怒既是水,也是火。這並不容易理解,但「它」完全在我們掌握中。
憤怒通常是衝著自己,而非對他人所產生的。這情感對自己的傷害遠超別人所承受的。
我們以最清純之形式誕生於世。那是我們的本質。我們天生擁有宇宙的平靜。太空是平靜的,然而每天都有新恆星及行星在誕生,在毀滅。所以,若將我們的存在比喻作宇宙中的平靜,憤怒就如這類銀河系事件。「它」可能會爆炸而波及我們,但只會損及皮毛。
憤怒就如一個個小小漣漪。如果我們是一池湖水,這些漣漪可長成一個大浪肆虐,但最終它必須平息、消退到回復以往的平靜。所以風波是暫時的,其擴散或消弭全由我們決定。
憤怒也是燃燒一切在其路徑的火炬。同時,它亦正燃燒著自己。完成破壞後,兼燃料耗盡時,一切又會回歸平靜,維持憤怒的「燃料」是由我們所掌握。難道這覺悟不美妙嗎?
現在我們明白關鍵原來在自己,還有什麼能令怒火繼續燒下去?仍是我們自己!我們總能控制自己,不管對自己的憤怒多麼無奈和厭惡。
但是該如何阻止憤怒—燃料—燃燒?由覺悟它導致痛楚和毀滅開始。當知道快墮入憤怒的圈套,就需要後退一步,去看一看正發生什麼事。只有這樣,才能恢復平靜。

 

The Prism of Life (by Ansh Das, Signal 8 Press 2014)