Reproduced from the back issues of Bhavan's Journal
More than fifty articles on various subjects like: Upanishads, Veda Saakha, Anusmriti, Viraha, Bhakti,Vidyasthaanas etc
Sweetness & Light
Conquest of Fear
Vedic Heritage
Mantra-Science of Sound
Narada's Teachings
Prayer for Universal Harmony
The Benevolent Tree of Vedic Love
Science of Symbols
Aham Brahma Asmi
Ego
Vyaakarana
Humanistic Education
Relevance of Upanishadic Ideology
Kashi and Ganga
Patala Ganga
Veda Saakhas
Brahma and Ardhanari
Kumara and Swaminatha
Krishna of Pandharpur
Anusmriti
The Chariot of the Sun God
Doctrine of Illusion
Gurus and Disciples
Dharma in Disguise
Realising the Presence of God
Viraha
Narada and the Daughter of King Silnidhi
Krishna Teaches a Lesson
The Reality
Bhakti
To Serve Others is to Feel Blessed
Vedas and Upanishads
Aim of Puranas
Goddess Chandika
Harmony
Vidyasthaanas
Pure of Heart
Body and Soul
Brahma Nirvana
That a Man should be One Man
Vedic Hymns
Worth of Religious Traditions
Creation of the Universe
The True Religious Life
Vedic Dharma
Raja Yoga
Religious Teachings
Yagnas

ECHOES FROM THE ETERNITY : Conquest of Fear

The conquest of fear has been easy only to those who have surrendered themselves to the Supreme Will.

Of all the forces which dominate life, fear is the most powerful, the ugliest, the most subtle. Under the influence of fear, the mind expects the loss of something which it prizes as an essential, before the loss arises. The loss is also exaggerated, distorted and made to look more devastating than it actually is. The mind also suffers misery for the loss long before it actually arises. It is driven to panicky action to prevent the expected loss. The essentials, the loss of which is feared by the mind, are generally approbation of our world, possessions such as wealth, position or health, and affection or love. We fear to lose the approbation of our world, and so shape our conduct as to deserve it. But love of approbation is in reality lack of confidence in one’s own judgment. ‘Approbation, or its denial, by our set, which we call ‘the world’, is not based on sound judgment; it is merely the reaction of our particular group to our conduct with reference to a standard of conduct set up by that group.

This standard of conduct is different with different groups; it changes also with the same group from time to time. When we shape our conduct out of fear of disapproval of our group, we are considering the standard of that group as better than the standard we have set up ourselves—which means that we are surrendering our judgment to the passing whims of our group. If, therefore, we lay down our own standard and adhere to it, as being something more real to us, the lure of approval will disappear and with it the fear of forfeiting it. The essential next in order, the expected loss of which causes fear, may be comprehensively called ‘possessions’, that is to say wealth, position, health etc. These are acquired or retained by effective and disciplined effort, and only when opportunity arises—which is generally beyond one’s control—does the effort bear fruit. Fear, by causing misery and urging a man to panicky work, in reality, weakens effective and planned effort and destroys the sense of discovering opportunity. If systematic and effective work is planned and carried out, the worker, seeking only its perfection, possessions will follow, but—be it noted—only if opportunity arises, not otherwise.

Affection is another person’s reaction to our systematic understanding of his needs. Love is the other person’s reaction to our self-surrender to him. Fear of losing affection or love will distort the under-standing or weaken the completeness of self-surrender. It will therefore destroy the foundation of the very thing it expects to lose.
But, if we establish a standard of conduct of our own, if we carefully plan an effective effort according to that standard and none other, waiting for opportunity, if we try to understand the needs of those whose affection we seek, and if we surrender ourselves more completely to those whose love we cherish, fear will disappear.

That is the path which all men who have conquered fear have trodden. And the conquest of fear has been easy only to those who have surrendered themselves to the Supreme Will.

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