With gentleness overcome anger. With generosity overcome meanness. With truth overcome deceit.
Meditation is an alchemical process—it is not morality, it is alchemy. It is the science of the soul. Through meditation anger slowly slowly disappears, and its energy becomes available and becomes gentleness.
You will be surprised to know that if you suffer from great anger you have great potential for gentleness. Anger simply shows that you have great energy. A man without anger is impotent, he has no energy. A man who cannot be angry cannot be gentle either.
With generosity overcome meanness. Don’t repress meanness, don’t destroy meanness, but with generosity transform it into a generous consciousness, into sharing.
With truth overcome deceit. Don’t fight with darkness, bring light in. that is the essence of this sutra. Don’t fight the negative, bring the positive in. And the positive comes through watchfulness—the negative is already there. Your society prepares you for the negative, your society needs you to be negative. Your society wants you to be angry, full of anger, so that you can be forced into war, into crusades: religious, political, ideological conflicts; so you can be manipulated into killing people. Or, you can be manipulated into becoming martyrs; destructive to yourself.
Never fight with the negative. Your society prepares you for the negative. Transform the negative into the positive. Transformation is possible. The medium that has to be used is meditation.