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Monday, 2 April 2012

Why Do We Shout In Anger?

A Hindu saint who was visiting the Ganges River found a group of family members on the banks, shouting in anger at each other. He turned to his disciples smiled and asked: "Why do people in anger shout at each other?"

The disciples thought for a while, as one of them answered: "Because when we lose our calm, we shout." 

"But why should you shout when the other person is just next to you? You can as well tell him what you have to say in a soft manner", asked the saint.

The disciples gave some other answers but none of them satisfied the saint.

Finally the saint explained:
"When two people are angry at each other, their hearts distance a lot. To cover that distance they must shout in order to hear each other. The angrier they are, the stronger they will have to shout to be able to hear each other over that great distance." 

The saint continued: 
"What happens when two people fall in love? They don't shout at each other, but rather talk softly. Because their hearts are very close, the distance between them is either non-existent or very small..."

"What happens when they love each other even more? They do not speak, only whisper and they get even closer to each other through their love. Finally they even need not whisper, they only look at each other and that's all. That is how close two people are when they love each other."

He looked at his disciples and said:
"So when you argue do not let your hearts get distant. Do not say words that distance each other more, or else there will come a day when the distance is so great that you will not find the path to return."

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