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Anger and Prejudice could be a positive energy

Anger and Prejudice could be a positive energy


I have learned through bitter experience the one supreme lesson to conserve my anger, and as heat conserved is transmuted into energy, even so our anger controlled can be transmuted into a power that can move the world.
  – Mahatma Gandhi

Mahatma Gandhi provides a perfect example of how anger can be harnessed. As a young, unknown, brown-skinned lawyer traveling in South Africa on business, he was roughly thrown from the train because he refused to surrender his first-class ticket and move to the third-class compartment. He spent a cold, sleepless night on the railway platform.

Later, he said this was the turning point of his life: for on that night, full of anger because of this personal injustice, as well as the countless injustices suffered by so many others every day in South Africa, he resolved not to rest until he had set those injustices right. On that night he conquered his anger and vowed to resist injustice, not by violence or retaliation, but through the loving power of nonviolent resistance, which elevates the consciousness of both oppressed and oppressor.

We may never be called on to liberate a people or lead a vast nation, but Gandhi’s example can apply in a small way in our own lives, when we decide to return good will for ill will, love for hatred, in the innumerable little acts of daily life.


Courtesy: Blue Mountain Center of Meditation, USA

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Comment by Balamurali Balaji on July 20, 2011 at 7:47
Yes, DDji, Not only could he universalise his position, but there was a strong need(demand) from India and its people then which had let him to transform his life a saga and to write an everlasting auto-biography in the later years.
Comment by Dipak Dholakia on July 19, 2011 at 19:18
Young Mohandas Gandhi could universalize his anger. He explored te roots of what happened to him and found that his was not an isolated case. He could, therefore, cover entire gamut of issues

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