From where would anger come for one free of anger,
tamed, living justly,
freed by right knowledge,
peaceful and poised?
When you get angry at an angry person
you just make things worse for yourself.
When you don’t get angry at an angry person
you win a battle hard to win.
When you know that the other is angry,
you act for the good of both
yourself and the other
if you’re mindful and stay calm.
People unfamiliar with the teaching
consider one who heals both
oneself and the other
to be a fool.
If anger arises in you,
reflect on the simile of the saw;
if craving for flavors arises in you,
remember the simile of the child’s flesh.
If your mind runs off
to sensual pleasures and future lives,
quickly curb it with mindfulness,
as one would curb a greedy cow eating grain.
NOTE: The simile of the saw can be found at the very end of the MN 21 Kakacūpama Sutta. The simile of the child’s flesh can be found at SN 12.63 Puttamaṁsasutta.
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