provoked to anger.
Transforming Anger Into Compassion
"Anger is just like electricity in your body: you don't know what to do with it. Either you kill somebody else or you kill yourself. The society says if you kill yourself it is okay, it is your concern, but don't kill anybody else - and as far as society goes that is okay. So either you become aggressive or you become repressive.
"The basic thing that is needed is to become aware and to know the secret of this energy, anger, this inner electricity. It is electricity because you become hot; when you are angry your temperature goes hot, and you cannot understand the coolness of a Buddha, because when anger is transformed into compassion everything is cool. A deep coolness happens. Buddha is never hot; he is always cool, centered, because he now knows how to use the inner electricity. Electricity is hot - it becomes the source of air conditioning. Anger is hot - it becomes the source of compassion.
"Compassion is an inner air conditioning. Suddenly everything is cool and beautiful, and nothing can disturb you, and the whole existence is transformed into a friend. Now there are no more enemies ... because when you look through the eyes of anger, somebody becomes an enemy; when you look through the eyes of compassion, everybody is a friend, a neighbor. When you love, everywhere is the divine; when you hate, everywhere is the devil. It is your standpoint that is projected onto reality.
"Awareness is needed, not condemnation - and through awareness transformation happens spontaneously. If you become aware of your anger, understanding penetrates. Just watching, with no judgement, not saying good, not saying bad, just watching in your inner sky .... There is lightning, anger, you feel hot, the whole nervous system shaking and quaking, and you feel a tremor allover the body - a beautiful moment, because when energy functions you can watch it easily. When it is not functioning you cannot watch.
"Close your eyes and meditate on it. Don't fight, just look at what is happening - the whole sky filled with electricity, so much lightning, so much beauty. Just lie down on the ground and look at the sky and watch. Then do the same inside.
" ... And the more you become aware, the more inwards you penetrate ... because awareness is a going-inwards. It always goes inwards: more aware, more in; totally aware, perfectly in; less aware, more out; unconscious - you are completely out, out of your house wandering around.
"Unconsciousness is a wandering outside; consciousness is a deepening of the inside. So look! And when anger is not, it will be difficult to look: what to look at? The sky is so vacant, and you are not yet capable of looking at emptiness. When anger is there, look, watch, and soon you will see a change. The moment the watcher comes in, the anger has already stared becoming cool, and the heat is lost. Then you can understand that the heat is given by you; your identification with it makes it hot, and the moment you feel it is not hot, the fear is gone, and you feel unidentified with it, different, a distance.