Definition - What does Akrodha mean?

Akrodha is a Sanskrit term meaning “absence of anger.” In yoga, akrodha is regarded as a virtuous and beneficial quality, and it is often referenced in yogic literature. Both Hinduism and Buddhism see akrodha as one of the 10 freedoms needed for a person to live a good life.

Anger is said to interfere with reason and prevent contentment, so akrodha is necessary in order to allow a person to live a rational, peaceful life. It is also said to be impossible for a person to fully live their dharma, or right way of living, without experiencing akrodha.

Yogapedia explains Akrodha

Akrodha is demonstrated when there is a reason why someone might become angry, but they do not succumb to anger. It is not the absence of causes of anger, but the absence of an angry reaction to these potential causes. This means that the person remains calm in the face of provocation, insults, or abuse.

The opposite of akrodha - krodha or "anger" - is excessive mental agitation when some desire or attachment is not fulfilled. In this state, anger clouds judgement and peace of mind. In contrast, when the state of akrodha is achieved, a person’s mind is clear and free, and they are able to find self-knowledge, truth and liberation. They will also not harm others through their anger.

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