On Jesus Christ: Anger is often just an impotent and deceptive escape

Acharya Prashant
3 min readApr 12, 2022

The following excerpt is from a samvaad (dialogue) session with Acharya Prashant.


You have heard that it was said to those of old, “You shall not murder, and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment.’ But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment. And whoever says to his brother, ‘Raca!’ shall be in danger of the council. But whoever says, ‘You fool!’ shall be in danger of hellfire. Therefore, if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First, be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift. Agree with your adversary quickly, while you are on the way with him, lest your adversary deliver you to the judge, the judge hand you over to the officer, and you be thrown into prison. Assuredly, I say to you, you will by no means get out of there till you have paid the last penny.

~ Jesus Christ, Sermon on the Mount

Acharya Prashant (AP): Here, when Jesus is using ‘anger’, he is repeatedly taking the example of anger directed at others. Today, we had a question on anger. We said, “Instead of venting out your anger on external objects, why don’t you figure out the root of your anger?” Why are you expressing your anger at your brother?

Jesus says, “If you express your anger on something external, it only shows that you are hiding the real cause of your anger.” So, he says that ‘you cannot be angry at your brother, you are not allowed to do that, which means that all the energy which expresses itself…

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