It is a fact that anger has negative effects on our health. Anger and stress can lead to heart and circulation problems (which can lead – if left unchecked and untreated – to heart attacks and strokes). Anger is palpable – you can feel it in the air around an angry person. Those particularly sensitive can be affected severely, getting sick to the stomach, even throwing up when exposed directly to those who are angry.
It is also a fact that meditation has been proven to have a positive effect one’s health, leading to a reduction of stress and anger.
I had worked on several meditation techniques for anger, but until I found this – nothing ever seemed to work very well. Even if the anger could be “controlled” through the techniques I used, it was still there, simmering under the surface.
But then I found this technique, and everything has changed – I highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in getting to the source of their anger, or love, or any other strong emotion.
In his article, entitled “The Source is Within”, Swami Chaitanhya Keerti says:
Don’t worry, I’m not going to list all 112. However, Osho gave over 80 talks on the Vigyan Bhairav Tantra. One particularly good talk relating to anger goes as follows:One of the most ancient texts and meditation manuals is Shiva’s 5,000 year old Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, which is concerned with how to go beyond the mind, to attain glimpses of consciousness that exists apart from the mind. It is taught there that one should not be identified with the mind, and this is our fallacy that we are our minds. For us not to be identified with our minds, to know that the mind is only a moving process, like walking, but not the same as our consciousness – this is the message of the Vigyan Bhairav Tantra and its 112 methods of meditation.
When a mood against someone or for someone arises, do not place it on the person in question, but remain centered…If hate arises for someone or against someone, or love arises for someone, what do we do? We project it onto the person. If you feel hate towards me, you forget yourself completely in your hate; only I become your object. If you feel love towards me, you forget yourself completely; only I become your object. You project your love or hate or whatsoever upon me. You forget completely the inner center of your being; the other becomes the center. This sutra says, when hate arises or love arises, or any mood for or against anyone, do not project it onto the person in question. Remember you are the source of it.
I love you – the ordinary feeling is that you are the source of my love. That is not really so. I am the source; you are just a screen on which I project my love….I draw my love energy and project it onto you. In that love energy projected onto you, you become lovely. You may not be lovely to someone else; you may be absolutely repulsive to someone else. Why? If you are the source of love then everyone will feel love towards you, but you are not the source. I project love, then you become lovely; someone projects hate, then you become repulsive. And someone else doesn’t project anything, he is indifferent; he may not even have looked at you. What is happening? We are projecting our own moods upon others….
….When a mood against someone or for someone arises, do not place it on the person in question. Remain centered. Remember that you are the source, so do not move to the other, move to the source. When you feel hate do not go to the object. Go to the point from where the hate is coming. Go not to the person to whom it is going, but to the center from where it is coming. Move to the center, go within. Use your hate, or love, or anger or anything as a journey towards your inner center, to the source. Move to the source and remain centered there….
….Someone has insulted you – anger suddenly erupts, you are feverish. Anger is flowing towards the person who has insulted you. Now you will project this whole anger onto him. He has not done anything. If he has insulted you, what has he done? He has just pricked you, he has helped your anger to rarise, but the anger is yours. …
The other is not the source; the source is always within you. The other is hitting the source, but if there is no anger within you, it cannot come out. If you hit the Buddha, only compassion will come out because only compassion is there. Anger will not come out because anger is not there. …For this technique, remembger that you are the source of everything that you go on projecting onto others. And whenever there is a mood against or for, immediately move within and go to the source from where this hate is coming. Remain centered there; do not move to the object. Someone has given you a chance to be aware of your own anger – thank him immediately and forget him. Close your eyes, move within, and now look at the source from where this love or anger is coming. From where? Go within, move within. You will find the source there because the anger is coming from your source….
It is easy to go to the source at the moment you are angry or in love or in hate, because then you are hot. It is easy to move in then. The wire is hot and you can take it in, you can move inward with that hotness. And when you reach a cool point within, you will suddenly realize a different dimension, a different world opening before you. Use anger, use hate, use love to go within