The slaves of a slave - aren’t we all ?
(Based in a remarkable story narrated by my face book friend Rajagopal Srinivasan. The last few stanzas are from my English translation of 31st chapter of Thirukkural called Vekulamai (not getting angry) I have translated the first 108 chapters of THirukural and have posted them in https://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=4893856948746334410#allposts/src=sidebar )
Once after conquering an Indian town,
The emperor Alexander was inspecting it on a horse back,
And then he saw there a very saintly person,
Being worshipped by every one there.
Alexander got down his very great steed,
And approached that very saintly person and told,
“Somehow I like you very much and I feel that if you,
Come with me to my country , my country would become prosperous
The very saintly person smiled in a very pretty manner,
And told that he likes to live in his motherland and not elsewhere,
And then the king slightly perturbed told that saintly person,
“If you come with me I would give you lots of riches and gold and make you rich.”
The saintly person told the king, Riches would not make me happy,
But the earth, the sand and the thorns of my mother land would,
And so please do excuse me as I do not want to come with you,
And then Alexander took his huge sword and advanced to kill the saint.
The saint laughed at him, “At best you can kill this useless body,
But I feel that you cannot even do that because you are slave of my slave.”
Alexander who was emperor of all that he saw was intrigued,
“What nonsense , how can I be your slave of slave?”
The saintly person then told , I never get angry at any time,
And keep Anger as my slave and you got angry in a jiffy without cause,
And so you are a slave of anger and so man , who things you are great.
Are you not a slave of my slave, whom I rule over and detest?”
The emperor understood and became silent and want to know more ,
Of this anger who seemed to be a master ruling over him.”
The saint said,”If you can control this slave , in places of need,
You are great , but if you do it in useless places, what is the use?”
“ You should forget getting angry against every one ,
For all the evil things are generated by this anger.
Also remember that no greater enemy than anger exists for you,
Because it kills all your pleasant thoughts and good feelings”
“Any time , anywhere , if you want protect yourself , control anger,
For if it is not controlled, it would destroy you as well as yourself .
Anger which destroys those who get angry, would also,
Destroy all the good people who are interested in supporting and saving them,”
“He who uses anger as a weapon, would get destroyed by it,
Similar to the fist getting hurt when it tries to hit a stone.
And also please know that banishing anger from the mind,
Would help you fulfill all your desires without any effort.”
Hearing these great words of the that very saintly person,
Alexander was pleased and wanted to be a master of anger,
And then the saintly person told him, :All this were told to me,
By a great Tamil poet whom people call “A poet whose words are not lies”
Alexander anf that saintly person , both off whom,
Were masters of anger , turned towards south,
And saluted that great master of non lying words,
And the emperor departed to his country , a happy man.