Once upon a time a Saadhu used to live in a village which was highly populated. Since he was a Saadhu, he was given great respect and many used to come to him, ask many questions. Because of this jana-sanchaaram he used to have dhyaana-bhangam. Sometimes he used to get frustrated and get angry. He thought if he goes away from the village then he can do his japa-tapas without any disturbance and hence he would never get angry.
There used to be a hill far off from the village which had many trees that gave very sweet fruits and at the foot of the hill there was a water canal that used to have sweet and cold water. The Saadhu built his kutiiram on the hill and do his tapas undisturbed.
Once he got very thirsty and went down the hill to get water in his kamandalam. While getting water, the kamandalam slipped and rolled down the hill. He again went down, collected water and started to climb back. This time he, by mistake, hit a stone and stumbled. Kamandalam again rolled down and this episode repeated again. This time Saadhu got angry and threw his kamandalam onto the ground.
He suddenly realized — when he was in village he used to think that the people were the cause for his Krodham, but now there is no one. Even now he could not control his krodham. He concluded that his anger was not because of others and it is because of his own svabhaavam. He thought where ever he stays, he must change his svabhaavam; there is no use blaming others. He went back to the village and continued his tapas and never got angry again.
We also do the same. We think our anger is because of somebody else. Usually it is because of our asahanam. Kshama is a great satgunam that when inculcated, helps us to be calm and have shaantam.
Morals in the story:
- Krodham is one’s greatest enemy. We all must realize that and try to control it as the great Saadhu did.
- We usually associate our krodham to others or external factors; but rarely realize that it is due to our asahanam.
Note: We have stopped following IAST. This was because many felt the hyphens, dots etc. are more confusing, distracting than helping correct pronunciation.