Do Spiritual Masters Get Angry?

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The popular view of a realized person is that they are compassionate, loving and are always at a standard that serves itself to be an epitome of a Godly character.  This view is often held in a high esteem by the devotees in general.  The message from the master is received as dear to one’s own heart, much like a gospel. It is much easier to acknowledge the message and surface dwell than to walk the talk with the enlightened. The enlightened do not look to document every proceeding that issues out of a dialogue with his audience, he is like a well without a bottom but, it is the intellectually inclined follower that would like to document, amplify his sayings and evangelize them further. In this effort, the enamored intellectual student focusses on the result rather than the process of the teaching. In the effort of painting a good story, he concentrates on the blissfulness that can be absorbed in or negatively describes the hardships one must face to reach the teaching. In either case, he is not actually getting into the shoes of the master and de-rails the message in totality.

It is much easier to acknowledge the message and surface dwell than to walk the talk with the enlightened.  

Most of the written accounts of spirituality are the products of one-time visitors, but not from the ones that really live with the master.  So what is much evident is the lacking of the routine observations on the master's day to day life. Even though sometimes a certain oddity may be observed, there is little or no focus as it provides little value to a hungry mind of the follower which is eagerly trying to sort its problems. 

The Vedantic schools in the Gurukul system in India, as well as the Zen Masters Schools of the Orient, have stressed upon the discipleship to understand the practical application of realization in relation to worldly life. In my opinion, this was by far the most practical mix in the system of spiritual and classical intense education.

The Gurus and Zen masters had certain eccentricities about them in their actions, their way was queer to the new incumbents into the system.  In places like India and The Orient, the young students are accustomed to the way of the master, but some from the West may find the system bit complicated and difficult to digest.  The "Karate Kid" movie is one such example, where the student had a tough time to understand the master's way to success.  In this film, the training was not at all " on subject” at the beginning, with the student having to go through peripheral skills first in order to reach his goal of the real thing. The Zen master always had a small bamboo stick that would land on the student followed by a Koan. The self-enquiring Koan is a way of titillating the mind to give up the material world and to search the spiritual realm for answers and was an effective tool unleash the hidden wisdom.

The self-enquiring Koan is a way of titillating the mind to give up the material world and to search the spiritual realm for answers and was an effective tool unleash the hidden wisdom.

Another angle was the master's mysterious ways to handle a problem. Before turning the water to wine Jesus asked for water to be filled in the jars, people were taken aback at the connection of water with wine.  Mary, his mother had to intervene and convince them to do as he says. It is that intimacy and discipleship that is necessary to unveil the understanding of a master.

So again the biggest issue still remains that they used to get angry at reasons that may seem normal to humans. Historical accounts mention that they were instances in the normal life of sages who had a community responsibility often flew off the handle.

Here are few instances that got the masters started off on a tantrum:

  1. The Hypocrisy Of Attitude:  Maharishi Sri Ramana's anger on the person feeding puffed rice to the peacock. What seemed like a lovely sight, full of love and compassion in feeding an animal to a normal person, had a different effect on the Sage instead. He was angered at the man and asked him to leave immediately and go back to the place he came from. Sri Ramana could see through the outward intent of the man and into his spirit to score false points on realization with his master.
  2. Monetizing a Holy Place: Jesus's  Anger in the temple: What is normal is to have some kind of commercial activity in a community center such as the synagogue in those days. The only instance where he was supposed to have an outburst of flinging things around explains his frustration towards using the context of spiritual congruence for monetization.

The anger of the Master is not ego driven but a culmination of an intense protest of the spirit against the leanings of his disciples on the material world and the limitations of the mind induced self-identity.  By understanding this, one can help himself to realize the root cause of his own anger. Is it because of a damaged Ego? Or a reaction to an instance that again hurt his beliefs etc. In any case, one's anger must be dealt with by centering himself in his true spirit within and remove the main cause, that he identifies with.  At least one can be clear now that the anger energy that the masters used to drive home the point is to get their disciples to learn the way of the spirit within.

 

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