Anger is like holding a piece of burning coal in your hand; you have planned to throw at somebody.
You have an intense anger. Being angry with this person has made you forget that holding a piece of burning coal is actually hurting you!
Buddha, many years ago, realized it and warned us about “wrath”, one of seven deadly sins.
Hostile or warlike attitude does not give us peace. It is a kind of aggressiveness or pugnacity that we should always be careful about; furthermore, a state of deep-seated ill-will remains with us forever.
We don’t want war; we want peace.
Sit quiet. Alone. Think about the seven deadly sins.
Do you have pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath, and sloth?
I have. Yes, some of them. Sometimes, in the past, recent or long ago, I don’t remember now. I was an unfortunate person who suffered from the seven deadly sins.
We all did. Human beings are tricked, either by environmental or by internal circumstance and suffer from the adverse circumstance.
I ask myself a few questions. Do I know everything? The answer is NO. Self-respect goes perfectly fine. However, unreasonable and inordinate self-esteem invite trouble – that becomes a sin, according to the Christian teachings. That is pride.
According to Bhagavad Gita, don’t expect from what you are doing; you are doing nothing new; someone has done it before; somebody will do it after you. Enjoy your work. Don’t take pride in your work.
Is there any difference between greed and lust? Yes, a subtle one. It is difficult to make fine distinctions. Greed for money, lust for someone. Somebody hankers for fame! That is greed. It does not last. Lust for a man or woman does not last.
This is for today’s post. I will write again, later. On other aspects of seven deadly sins. Besides, I want your suggestions.