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beggarEvery moment we have the free will to react to whatever comes upon us; and character is how we respond to every situation by feeding the goodness of our heart, the divinity within us, rather than the anger, envy and selfishness. –Radhanath Swami

“Bhikshaan Dehi” the voice cut through the haze of the afternoon sun. The housewife hurried out with a bowl of rice for the mendicant on her doorstep. As she offered, she asked him a question. “Why do I and my husband quarrel with each other?”

The mendicant raised his voice and said, “I have come for alms. Not to answer your silly questions”.

The housewife was taken aback. How rude this mendicant was! He was the receiver of alms and she was the giver. How dare he talk to her like that! “Arrogant and ungrateful you are. No manners, no consideration.” and thus she scolded and abused him.

When she was a bit quiet, the mendicant said, “My child, how angry you became when I raised voice and spoke to you! Indeed, it is anger alone which leads to quarrels. If you and your husband learn to control your anger, you can be sure, there will be lesser quarrels in your home.”




  1. August 8, 2013


    Nice article

  2. August 11, 2013

    Kalpana Kulkarni

    Very informative! If we control our anger, we can avoid a lot of confrontations.

  3. August 17, 2013

    Sada Nandini

    Thank you very much for this wonderful article.

  4. August 18, 2013

    Kalpana Kulkarni

    True, we have to control our anger and develop tolerance in order to avoid quarrels and confrontations!

  5. August 21, 2013


    We need to involve ourselves in spiritual practices and be aware of our reactions to instances

  6. September 11, 2013

    Sada Nandini

    Thank you Radhanath Swami for this wonderful article.

  7. September 19, 2013


    True…if only anger is controlled…lot of things could be done/sorted out….!!

  8. October 10, 2013

    Ravi Rawat

    Inspirig story

  9. January 10, 2014

    mahesh jadhav

    Good one… Nice analogy by Radhanath swami to get us to anger control

  10. February 2, 2015


    Nice story.

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