|Anger motivated by delusion, wrong view, greed, frustration, fear...is a terrible thing (PB)|
|Cartoon anger and cruelty. Like it or lump it! (bananatriangle.com)|
|Afghan Gandhara Buddha Maitreya (Boonlieng/flickr)|
The Brahmin Akkosa-Bharadvaja [Akkosaka* of the clan of Bharadvaja Brahmins, whose nickname literally means "The Reviler" according to M. Walshe] heard this about his brother:
"The Brahmin Bharadvaja, it seems, has become a monk under the great ascetic Gotama (the Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama)."
Angry and peeved, he went to see the Blessed One. He approached, abused, and reviled him in foul and harsh words.
But reviled, the Blessed One spoke gently to the Brahmin Akkosa Bharadvaja: "Well, Brahmin, do friends, acquaintances, relatives, kinfolk, and guests visit you?"
"Yes, Gotama, sometimes they do."
"Well, Brahmin, do you not offer them, snacks, food, and drink?"
"Yes, Gotama, sometimes I do offer them snacks, food, and drink."
"But, Brahmin, what if they do not accept it? Whose is it?"
"If, Gotama, they do not accept it, I keep it. It is mine."
"The king and his people believe that the ascetic Gotama is an arhat [a fully enlightened person], and yet the good Gotama can get angry!"
The Buddha replied in verse:
When the Blessed One proclaimed this, the Brahmin Akkosa Bharadvaja responded:
|Going forth (Nyanamoli Bhikkhu/Google Plus)|
"Most venerable sir, may I have the privilege of receiving from the revered Gotama the initial and higher monastic ordinations?"
The Brahmin Akkosa Bharadvaja received from the Blessed One the initial and higher monastic ordinations. Then in no long time, Venerable Akkosa Bharadvaja -- living apart, secluded, diligent, zealous, and unrelenting -- reached that incomparable consummation of enlightenment for which those of noble families, having abandoned the household life, take to the life of wandering (the left-home life).
With direct knowledge he realized the ultimate, here and now, and lived having access to it. He saw with supernormal knowledge-and-vision: "Ceased is rebirth, lived is the higher life, completed is the spiritual task, and henceforth there is nothing higher to be achieved." Venerable Akkosa Bharadvaja, indeed, became one of the noble ones.
HOW TO abandon anger
|Positive Response (Wisdom Quarterly)|
*Why was Akkosa angry?
|Angry and abusive (techenclave.com)|