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Anger: Poem

Vanita is an engineer-researcher-consultant-artist: an accomplished singer-poetess. She loves to write on Indian Culture and Life.

Understanding emotions and channelizing their energy for the best is an important aspect of life.


A spark, a flame, a fireball,

Anger, borne of dry desire

Hurts and harms

Hearts and homes

Burns and breeds destruction

Of emotions, relations and creations.

When untamed, a wild weapon,

When tamed, a friendly flame

That fuels the vision

To fight for the right.

- Vanita Thakkar (22.06.2009)

Anger or aggression is not always bad. In Sanskrit, the protective or beneficent form of anger is called "Manyu". The origin of the word seems to be from the Shree Manyu Suktam of the Rig Veda. The Rig Veda is a collection of hymns in praise of various Deities. Rik, from which the word Rig is derived, stands for an incantation or Mantra / Richa that contains praises and Veda means Knowledge.

About Shree Manyu Suktam ....

The Shree Manyu Suktam is in praise of the angered incarnation of Lord Vishnu, Lord Narasimha(Narasimha word consists of two words, Nara means man and Simha means lion). Lord Narasimha protected his ardent devotee, little boy Prahlad, from the atrocities of his father, the demon king Hiranyakashyapa (also called Hiranyakashyapu).

The story, as mentioned in the Bhaagavata Puraana says : Prahlad, the son of demon king Hiranyakashyapa and Kayaadhu was a great devotee of Lord Vishnu, to the utter dislike and disapproval of his father. His father hates Vishnu and tries to persuade him not to worship Vishnu, but, in vain. Hiranyakashyapa imprisons little Prahlad and tries to kill him by many ways - puts him before mad elephants, poisons him, burns him .... But, Prahlad escapes all attempts to kill him, by the Grace of Lord Vishnu. While trying to burn him, Hiranyakashyapa makes him sit in the lap of his sister and Prahlad's paternal aunt, Holika in a pyre and sets fire to it. Holika had the boon that fire won't burn her. But, Prahlad remains unaffected and Holika burns down to ashes. The festival of Holi is celebrated to commemorate this great survival of little Prahlad and his ardent devotion.

Prahlad survives, while his aunt, Holika burns down in spite of the boon that fire would not burn her .... Holika Dahan

Prahlad survives, while his aunt, Holika burns down in spite of the boon that fire would not burn her .... Holika Dahan

Hiranyakashyapa had received a boon after performing a very severe penance, from Lord Brahma (the Creator Deity), that made it difficult to defeat or kill him. His ambition was to become deathless, but since such a boon cannot be granted, he opted for a boon which made his death almost impossible - he was not to die within any residence or outside any residence, during the daytime or at night, nor on the ground or in the sky, his death was not to be brought by any being other than those created by Brahma, nor by any weapon, nor by any human being or animal .... all this accompanied by several powers that made him almost unconquerable and deathless ....

Every time Prahlad escapes, Hiranyakashyapa calls him, threatens him and adds to severities that he has to bear. Finally, Hiranyakashyapa looses all patience and tries to slay Prahlad with his sword. It was dusk - neither day nor night time. The pillar near Prahlad bursts open and Lord Narasimha appears. He had the face of a lion and body of a man and sharp clawy nails. He was roaring with anger at the injustice, oppression and violence against His little devotee. There is a fierce fight between Hiranyakashyapa and Narasimha. Narasimha sits at the doorstep - neither inside, nor outside the residence, and placing Hiranyakashyapa on his lap, tears him apart with his nails - no weapon used .... Prahlad - the true devotee gets saved and the atrocities of the demon come to an end. Lord Narasimha is considered to be the fourth incarnation of Lord Vishnu, the Deity responsible for protection and sustenance of Creation.

Lord Narasimha appears ....

Lord Narasimha appears ....

End of Hinranyakashyapa and his atrocities ....

End of Hinranyakashyapa and his atrocities ....

In the Raamaayana, the younger and devoted brother of Shree Raama, Laxmana was known for his blazing aggression and indignation, his manyu against wrong-doers.

Understanding emotions and channelizing their energy for the best is an important aspect of life.

© 2020 Vanita Thakkar

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