This is a somewhat tricky topic, for a couple different reasons. To start, I will say that I mostly, generally agree with what nothingwrong had to
say. Generally speaking, they are right.
Originally posted by nothingwrong
No, I don't agree.
Hate is like a hot coal. By holding on to it you only hurt yourself.
If there was a lot less hate in the world there would be a lot more love. Surely this is our only savior?
Also - there is no hate chakra. I don't know where you got that from?
Thinking that you are going to "use" hate.... especially against another person, is very much like trying to throw a hot coal and hit someone in the
head. No matter what, you will harm yourself just by handling it. Likewise, hate will always harm you just by picking it up. In order to feel
something (especially deeply, passionately) that is what you have to become. You can not project hate without feeling it. When you feel hate, that is
what you are
And there is absolutely
no such thing as a "hate chakra." At least, not one listed in any book I've ever read-- which is quite a lot. The
heart chakra deals with emotions, and it is when this is unbalanced or blocked, that we supposedly feel more negative emotions like hate.
Moving along, I think an important distinction needs to be made. And to some this may seem like semantics. But I think the word "hate" is thrown
around far too casually in our society. In many cases where a "softer" word such as "dislike" would be more appropriate. "Hate" is defined as
an intense and passionate
dislike. It is an extreme
aversion toward something. Any good definition you find will use wording like this.
Intense, passionate, extreme. I tend to think of it as something absolutely consuming and controlling. It is blind hate (mixed with rage) that causes
someone to pull a guy out of his car and beat him half to death, just because he cut them off in traffic. And this extreme intensity and
is one of the reasons I think this distinction needs to be made.
When you are feeling that extremely intense and passionate (especially in a negative direction) you can not also be simultaneously
Forgive me if this sounds presumptuous, but I'm inclined to think that anyone who believes that either doesn't know what true
"centeredness" feels like.... or otherwise they're working with another emotion which they're mis-labeling as "hate."
True hate is blinding. It causes one to lose control, not gain it. And it pulls you off-balance, and out of
center. Indigothefish has a fair
point-- in that in a world of opposites, hate must exist for love to exist. But that doesn't make it any more "good," just because it is sometimes
That being said.... Anger, on the other hand, can be harnassed and utilized for productive purposes, as long as it is willfully kept in
check and tempered with gentler, more productive emotions.
I suppose hatred of a concept
like evil, suffering, cruelty, is not as destructive as hatred of a person
. As the saying goes-- "don't
hate the sinner, but rather hate the sin
. Even then, though, I am certain that if it is not carefully controlled and tempered with a
"higher" emotion, it is not very useful. Anger can be a gift if it motivates you to change something you do not like. This is one of the only truly
good uses of anger, IMHO. Uncontrolled, it will change nothing but your blood pressure.
Hate (of both sinners and sins) has been one of the main driving forces of religious inteolerance and violence over the centuries, and it still is.
How many supposedly "loving" christians have you seen bash others who do not share their views, or who commit some act they see as being sinful
(homosexuality, for example?) Look at how some "sinners" are treated in certain Arab countries-- stoned to death.
This is the face of hatred. Uncontrolled, or poorly tempered.