Hello everybody !!!

From May 3rd to May 31st 2010, Yoganjali Natyalayam held its fourteenth annual May Intensive.

This year, Meenakshi Devi Bhavanani, Amma, decided to focus the May Intensive on the Shat Ripu, the six enemies within : Kama (lust / desire), Krodha (anger), Lobha (greed), Moha (delusion), Mada (egoistic tendencies) and Matsarya (jealousy).

The whole month was dedicated to an explanation of the Shat Ripu and their workings, of how they rip us apart and what we can do against it. Besides the theory classes, there were practical classes where we could explore the relationship of each of the Shat Ripu with different Hatha Yoga Practices that can be used as their antidote.

Six groups were formed, each dedicated to one of the Shat Ripu, and the children passed from one to the other during the month of may. The teachers of the groups then prepared a little presentation that was shown at the closing session of the May Intensive. They were great fun for me : indeed, a the end of each presentation I would incarnate one of the Shat Ripu who would then be defeated by the Yogic practice of the children :-). It was fun, but also interesting : indeed I am usually not acting. This little experience made me aware of how acting can evoke unsuspected powers in us and how it can help us deal with them or exorcise them.

Here, you will be able to enjoy the presentation on Krodha, Anger.

If Kama (Desire) is usually seen as the source of all afflictions, Krodha is referred to as the most dangerous of them. A moment of anger can destroy years and years of valuable spiritual work.

Recently, I came across two Chinese sayings related to anger, that you may find worth meditating :

"I was angered, for I had no shoes. Then I stumbled across a man who had no legs."

"If you are patient in a moment of anger, you will escape a hundred days of sorrow".

Where does anger come from ?? Well, it often springs from the frustration of desire (Kama). We want something. We do not get it. So we become angry and start to become violent, to hurt, to destroy, to break ourselves and others.

To overcome Krodha we must realize that our greatest enemy is ourselves. Again some Chinese proverbs come to mind (I was in China recently ;-) ) :

"He who seeks revenge should remember to dig two graves."

"The greatest victory is the battle not fought".

Krodha calls us to be warriors, spiritual warriors, who realize that the greatest battle is the one to discover our Selves. That's why we practice the Kshatriya Kriya, the warrior's action and the Virya Asana (hero's pose) variations to fight Krodha. The practice of the Hakaras, is also a way of sublimating angry feelings through the conscious use of the sound "Ha !!!".

Morihei Ueshiba, the creator of Aikido, the Way of Harmony (or Peace), a Japanese Martial Art, said :

"The penetrating brilliance of swords wielded by followers of the Way strikes at the evil enemy lurking deep within their own soul and bodies".

And ultimately :

"There are no contests in the Art of Peace. A true warrior is invincible because he or she contests with nothing. DEFEAT means to defeat the mind of contention that we harbor within."

Plenty of good heroic inspirations and energies to all of you !!!

Christoph

PS : I will be uploading the presentations of the other Shat Ripu soon. Check them out !!!

Good inspirations to all of you !!!

Christoph

(19/07/2010)

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