The Raudra Rasa

Raudra Rasa - Anger

 

The Raudra Rasa is a disagreable, destructive Rasa, while it has it's use in communication. This energy of Anger expresses itself from a mild irritation up to real fury. When expectations are not fulfilled, the ego may feel that it has been neglected or treated incorrectly; this forms the basis for Anger. Anger can be constructive if it is instructive, such as the Anger of a mother toward her child, a teacher toward a student, a king toward his subjects, a friend toward a friend.

Some people harbor Anger over one particular subject all of their lives. The repetition of angry thoughts can work like a mantra that over time comes to dominate one's entire being. A lot of Anger manifests as irritation - some people may also be irritated all of the time.

Mastering Anger

How to Stop
Getting Angry
It is preferable to express Anger rather than to let it simmer inside. Expressing Anger is one thing, but one should leave the act of punishing up to karma and not create bad karma through it.

If one feels the need to act in the interest of justice and dharma, one should follow the great example given by Mahatma Gandhi. Gandhi demonstrated an Anger that was very constructive. By adhering to satya (truth) and ahimsa (non-violence), Gandhi controlled his Anger at the oppression created by the British Empire; because of it, rather than in spite of it, he helped India to gain home rule.

It is very helpful to realize that Anger only increases the size of any problem. Instead of just having to deal with the practical results of some injustice, getting angry means to lose one's inner peace and happiness. In this way one loses more, just for the sake of righteousness. We may have every right to be angry, but we also have the right not to be stupid.

By practicing detachment from worldly possessions, from the fears and desires of the ego, from the fruits of our actions, Anger goes because expectation goes. Accept, do not expect. Durga killing the demon of Anger called Mahisha symbolizes our ability to kill the demon of Anger inside of us with the help of our good and divine energies, such as forgiveness, acceptance, Calmness, Humor, and so on.

By itself, Anger will not stay for a very long time because of the natural changes in body chemistry. So if we do not feed Anger with our thoughts, it will go all by itself. While changing our mental attitude, we may also remove the biochemical basis for Anger. This consists of consciously cooling down the fire of Anger.

Raudra Rasa Chart

Basic Rasa : Anger

Sub-Rasas : Stress, Irritability, Violence

Dominant Element : Fire

Dominant Dosha :Pitta

Dominant Guna : Rajas

Dominant Kosha : Ego (Vijnanamayi Kosha)

Friendly Rasas : Fear

Enemy Rasas : Joy, Love, Wonder

Neutral Rasas : Peace, Courage, Sadness, Disgust

Rasa Produced : Sadness

Key for Mastering : Resist injustice if needed, but without violence or expectation (see also Rasa Sadhana & The Yoga of Nine Emotions)

Siddhi : Bhukti (enjoyment)

Deity : Rudra



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As the destination is the same for all, it is easy to make the error of assuming that the path must be just as universal.

The attachment that happens in the pursuit of happiness is the main source of unhappiness.

Don't think of going somewhere, because this somewhere will come along with you wherever you go, as you are already there.

Yoga requires unity between enjoyment and suffering, between bhoga and yoga, even between attachment and detachment.

How can anyone be "good" without a choice between good and bad?

While the mind creates the illusion of the universe through the senses, the intellect creates the illusion of understanding it.

When our day has been entirely ego-centered, then our meditation will probably have similar poor quality.

When the focus on the self is held strongly enough, the flow of kundalini energy happens on its own, naturally.

Tiptoe inside, don't make a sound, don't scare away that which cannot be found.

Enlightenment is nothing more or less than the final level of the game of life.