krishnamurti on anger

anger and fear - a dangerous combination?

anger and fear – a dangerous combination?


Sir, look: I am violent. I observe it.

Because I don’t run away from it, I don’t suppress it, I don’t transform it into something else as non-violence, which is absurd – the transformation of violence in to non-violence is stupidity, it has no meaning.

So as I am violent, I let it come out – not in action.
Let it flower, let it grow, as you watch it, it grows and dies.

Haven’t you done all this? That is sir, when you are angry, at that moment of anger you are not aware, you are full out. Then a second later you say, “I have been angry”. Right? So you have divided yourself as not being angry and that you have been angry. So there is a division between the observer who says, “I have been angry, and I must not be angry”. Right? So the division brings about conflict, saying “I mustn’t be angry, how am I to get rid of my anger” – and so on and so on.

Whereas if you are aware of anger as it arises and let it come out non-verbally, non-actively, not say, “I am going to hit you” – let it flower, let it come out, and you will see it disappears very quickly and withers away. And if you do it properly you are never angry again, finished.

Quoted from: a dialogue with oneself — jiddu krishnamurti brockwood-park 1st public dialogue august 30 1977

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14 thoughts on “krishnamurti on anger

  1. Very wise words. Containing anger and fears allow them to strengthen and we do not wish to have them consume our person. Releasing them through any form of expression allows it to disintegrate and be understood.

    • thx for the links – although I personally think there is such a thing as healthy anger. Perhaps this stage makes a transformation to acceptance all the time a smaller step to take.

      • Thank you for your reply. I think that, if the concept of healthy anger works for you, it is totally valid. There are sometimes when people may react negatively to concepts which include words like “anger”; to some people they may appear over negative. The brain makes up its own idea of what “anger” means according to past experiences and actual set beliefs, and experience an excess of anxiety due to such terminology. It is a question of “catastrophising”, the same way as if one said that whatever has happenned is “horrible”, when really it is uncomfortable. But the brain has already made its own connections and has labelled that experience as “horrible”, making it inaccessible, impossible to handle. Terminology becomes very important when we are trying to label our experiences and work through any problems which we want to solve.
        Thank you again for your time.

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