Someone cuts you off on your morning commute, and you shout a curse word. Another person throws you under the bus at work, and you fume. And all that before lunch time. When we’re in our drama, it seems reasonable. Anger comes up as a response to some behavior that we obviously feel is wrong, and anger seems not reactive but necessary. How else should we respond to someone being well, awful? When you need to release anger, there’s a mantra for that.
You’re not a horrible person if you get angry. It’s an epidemic nowadays, and if we all began pointing our fingers at people who get angry, we would all run out of fingers in a gigantic and weird game of twister. And anger isn’t always the worst case scenario. If you are in despair to the point that you cannot function, anger can be a motivating feeling like relief that can at least help you move into a place of action. You just can’t stay in anger, and you can’t let anger be your motivating force, or you yourself become a conduit of negativity that will make others, well, angry with you.
Anger is like a highly infectious virus, but there is an anti-viral that can help soften the symptoms. The mantra “Dukh Par Har Sukh Ghar Le Jaee“, from Japji, means essentially that if you give up your pain, peace will flood into your heart. Give it up to what? The formless, the nameless, the all-that-is. The something bigger than you that animates life. That thing, whatever you call it. Give your pain up, and peace will rush into the vacuum it creates to fill the void.
Yogi Bhajan said that when you chant this mantra, you will begin to feel foolish for being angry. You won’t be able to hold onto a state of misery. Ready to release your anger? You’re seven words and seven minutes away from pain to peace.