Anger Management by Meditation: Indo-American Way

 | October 08,2010 01:17 pm IST

The American justice department has approved the power of yoga and meditation vide a recent judgment in the American court. "Man Who Slapped Wife Sentenced to Yoga, It's Anger Management, Says Judge.

" First there was house arrest. Now there's yoga.


A judge ordered a man convicted of slapping his wife to take a yoga class as part of his one-year probation. "It's part of anger management," County Criminal Court at Law Judge Larry Standley said of the ancient Hindu philosophy of exercise and well-being. "For people who are into it, it really calms them down." Standley, a former prosecutor, said the case of James Lee Cross was unique. Cross, a 53-year-old car salesman from Tomball, explained that his wife was struggling with a substance abuse problem and that he struck her on New Year's Eve during an argument about her drinking. "He was trying to get a hold of her because she has a problem," Standley said after the court hearing. "I thought this would help him realize that he only has control over himself."


The sentence came as a surprise to Cross, who was told to enroll in a class and report back to Standley on his progress. "I'm not very familiar with it," Cross said of yoga. "From what I understand, it may help in a couple of ways, not only as far as mentally settling, but maybe a little weight loss."


Darla Magee, an instructor at Yoga Body Houston in River Oaks, said she would recommend that Cross takes a basic yoga class emphasizing breathing and including a variety of postures - forward bends, back bends and twists. "Yoga can help us to get rid of many emotional issues we might have," she said. "It's a spiritual cleanse." Prosecutor Lincoln Goodwin agreed to a sentence of probation without jail time because Cross had no significant criminal history.


Yoga, which is one of the greatest Indian contributions to the world, has got vast potential in all fields. In Tihar Jail, India, Yoga is experimented among the inmates and found successful. Their criminal mentality is changed. This study aimed at investigating the effect of Vipassana Meditation (VM) on Quality of Life (QOL), Subjective Well-Being (SWB), and Criminal Propensity (CP) among inmates of Tihar Jail, Delhi. To this effect the following hypotheses were formulated: -

There will be a significant positive effect of VM on the QOL of inmates of Tihar Jail.

VM will have a positive and significant effect on SWB of inmates.

Criminal propensity (CP) of inmates will decrease significantly after attending the VM course.

There will be significant difference in SWB and CP of experimental (Vipassana) group and control (non-Vipassana) group.

Male and female inmates will differ significantly in SWB and CP, as a result of VM.

In the famous "Time" magazine, the importance of meditation and yoga, an ancient Indian system, is highlighted that the ancient mind- and spirit-enhancing art is becoming increasingly popular and gaining medical legitimacy. It is a multi billion dollar business in US. In many Universities, it is accepted as subject and included in the syllabus. In the latest famous book "Inspire! What Great Leaders Do" written by Lance Secretan recently published by John Wiley and Sons, the benefit of meditation is elaborately described for good corporate governance.


By practicing transcendental meditation, or TM, many people have got relief from back pain, neck pain, and depression. The mind calms and quiets. What thoughts you have during meditation become clearer, more focused. Anger, anxiety and worries give way to peace. In the world of exorbitant medical expenses, one can definitely make use of meditation. Maharshi Mahesh Yogi and Sri Ravi Sankar are popularizing this. The Iyengar Yoga institute in US is famous.


In Bhagavad Gita, Lord Krishna has inspired Arjuna to rise from his depression by preaching Gita in the battlefield and to rise from the depression to do his duties. In Holy Gita, we can see that being hidden by the cosmic overview of any institution beset with myriad problems, not the least of which is its lack of moral probity, there is a groundswell of educated people seeking answers to deeply personal but universally asked questions. Chie Executives are taking lessons from yoga, meditation and learning how to deal with human resources equations in an enlightened manner. Individuals from every walk of life can get ideas of how to be better human beings, more balanced and less stressed out.


Medical studies continue to show regular meditation working magic in reducing blood pressure and stress-related illnesses, including heart disease. Brain images show that regular meditation helps calm the most active sensory-assaulted parts of the brain.


The ancient Hindu sage Patanjali who had mastered the secrets of the human mind has written a book "Yogasutra". In this book, we can see how super powers can be achieved by meditation. It has both cosmic relevance and cosmic resonance. In spite of its universal appeal, for most people total control of mind remains an elusive goal and daunting task. From time immemorial, there have been many attempts throughout the world to unlock the mysteries of the mind and to achieve total control over it through a variety of techniques. One of the most powerful of these techniques is meditation.


Many spiritual leaders, sages, saints, and holy people such as Sri. Buddha, Sri Ramakrishna, Madam Sarada Devi, and Swami Vivekananda have practiced this. One of the ways to control physiological reactions to psychological stimuli is meditation, Yoga, Zen Buddhism, etc. The scientists take Transcendental Meditation (TM) as the uniform technique, and base their observations on the study of the subjects engaged in this form of meditation. In summing up the results, the scientists have come to the conclusion that the effect of meditation is a "wakeful, hypo-metabolic state".


They have found that: -

1. Yogis could slow both heart rate and rate of respiration.

2. Yogis could slow the rate of metabolism as confirmed by decreased oxygen consumption and carbon dioxide output.



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Guest on 10/09/10 at 11:20 am

I practice The Transcendental Meditation Technique ( and The TM-Sidhi Program as taught by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. These techniques are so easy and at the same time so effective! Because of these simple, natural technologies, I enjoy good health, a great memory, and lots of energy to accomplish my goals in life. I recommend these techniques to anyone who wants more from life.

Una on 10/13/10 at 08:25 pm

I've been practicing Transcendental Meditation for 7 years and I have noticed (my family has too :)) changes in my ability to manage stress, more emotional stability, it's easier to make healthier more aware choices and a general better quality of life. It is a wonderful thing...for me.