Life Without FEAR

Have you seen how peacefully a child sleeps in the lap of his
parent, even in a noisy, crowded local train? The hustle-bustle
disturbs everyone, but not the child – due to his implicit faith
in the protection of his parent.
All of us strive diligently to overcome our many fears –
financial, familial, social, academic and physical. However the
necessary security measures like insurances, helmets, buzzer
alarms, health checkups fail to free us from a disconcerting sense of insecurity within us. Why?
The Vedic texts explain that all fear originates in an unbalanced, unrealistic material conception
of life. The material aspect of our life has its importance; we need to feed, clothe, house and
provide for ourselves and our loved ones. However Krishna explain in the Bhagavad-gita (16.10)
that when we seek our sense of identity, self-worth, security and pleasure exclusively from our
material positions and possessions, we open ourselves to fear. Because the material realm is
characterized by constant, unpredictable changes, which often threaten to destroy or harm
whatever is dear to us. We prepare ourselves to face some of the small, predictable and
controllable changes, but still we consciously or subconsciously dread the huge, unpredictable and
uncontrollable changes. Is there any way to overcome this deep-rooted fear?
The more things change, the more we need to embrace the things that don’t change. The
Bhagavad Gita (2.14) describes, “Of the material, there is no endurance and of the spiritual there
is no cessation.” Beyond the stage of material activity that preoccupies our mind lies a vast,
unexplored realm of spiritual tranquility. We are spiritual beings, souls, originally from a spiritual
world, the kingdom of God, who is our eternal loving father. Currently we are occupying material
bodies and inhabiting this material world. The more we harmonize with our spiritual nature, the
more we become fearless. Understanding that we are, at our core, spiritual and, hence
indestructible, fills us with an unshakeable self-security; we recognize that worldly upheavals that
affect our material assets have no power whatsoever to hurt us. Moreover, understanding that a
benevolent God is ultimately orchestrating all material happenings helps us to see order amidst
change, plan amidst chaos.
The most practical and potent technology to equip ourselves with steady vision of this spiritual
reality is divine sound. By chanting the bona fide holy names of God like the name of Allah,Christ,Hare Krishna mantra,
we progressively experience both our own spiritual identity and God’s the protective presence and
guidance in our life. The more we enrich our faith by chanting, the more our devotion for Krishna
increases. And when we make our life’s work a devotional offering for His service, we focus more
on the object of our service – God and not its fruit – the immediate material result. This shift of
focus releases large reserves of mental energy, which are choked by our worry about the future.
Chanting gives us the calmness to see that almost all fears are more perceived than experienced.
The more we become free from fear of the future, the more we can fully absorb ourselves in our
present duties. Thus spiritual principles and practices empower us to access and utilize even our
material talents better and execute even our material duties better. Ultimately spirituality is the
only way to conquer the greatest of all fears – death. For a mature devotee, death is not a fearful
termination of existence, but a joyful reunion with God in His everlasting abode. Therefore just
as the child stays peaceful amidst chaos, let us become tranquil amidst ups and downs by
empowering ourselves with spiritual devotion.

What I learnt. . .

If you think you can – and if you think you can’t – in both cases, you are right.

Henry Ford
This pithy saying illustrates not just the power of attitude, but also a scientific and spiritual truth. One of the most significant scientific developments of the last century was the discovery of the mind-body connection. Medical researchers dis-covered that our thoughts can both hurt and heal us. Psychosomatic illnesses as well as phobias illustrate the power of thoughts to negatively influence the body. Positive thoughts have been observed to increase endorphin levels, which are conducive to vibrant physical health. Conversely, negative thoughts are seen to increase adrenalin levels, which sap bodily vigor. Placebo effect – the surprising medical observation that patients who believe that they are under proper medication recover even if administered just sugar pills – signifies that thoughts can activate healing. The upcoming field of psychoneuro-immunology is based on the correlation between mental strength and physical immunity.
Spiritually, thoughts don’t just determine things; thoughts are things, albeit in subtle form.

As I’m reading Srimad Bhagavad Gita,so in  The Bhagavad-gita Sloka8.6 declares that “our thoughts determine our future – both in this life and the next’. So scientifically and spiritually, positive thinking is desirable and beneficial. Is positive thinking an inborn trait or can it be cultivated? By genetic influenc, which is a result of good karma from past lives, some people may have a greater tendency to see the “silver lining in the cloud”, than others. But upbringing and association also influence our thinking abilities. And most importantly, our thoughts are deter-mined not as much by our  conditions as by our own choices. So all of us have the potential to tap the power of thoughts and become positive thinkers if we acquire the necessary knowledge and training.
Lets do a quick thought exercise: sit down in a peaceful place, breath deeply and observe our thoughts. We can classify the observed thoughts into four categories-
We will soon realize that our default thoughts often tend to be either waste or negative, resulting in absentmindedness or depression respectively. By vigilance and diligence, we can train ourselves to reject the negative and waste thoughts – or, better still, replace them with positive. If we consciously cultivate this habit, we will soon find ourselves mentally and physically stronger in facing life’s ups and downs.
Spiritual thinking enables us to further tap the power of thoughts by raising our life to a higher, more empowering dimension. Positive thinking is very difficult when confronted with ex-tremely negative circumstances such as shattering of cherished plans or outrageous behavior of others. Spiritual knowledge enables us to go far beyond positive perception of reality to perception of positive reality. As long as we are spiritually unin-formed, positive thinking alone will fall short in tackling the negative realities of life. Nothing illustrates this often-overlooked limitation of positive thinking more than the greatest – and the most neglected – truth of life: death. If a loved one passes away, will positive thinking bring back that person? If someone is afflicted by a terminal disease, will positive thinking save that person from imminent death?

Spiritual positive thinking enables us to understand and harmonize with the spiritual positive purpose of our existence. We are all souls, spiritual beings, beloved children of God and are entitled to rejoice in eternal loving exchanges with Him. The truly positive purpose of our present human lives is to awaken our dormant love for God, experience His unlimited love for us and ultimately returning back to His everlasting abode of ever-increasing bliss. Spiritual enlightenment blesses us with the vision to see all events in our life as expression of God’s love for us. Spiritual empowerment enables us to choose our actions so that they become expressions of our love for Him. No wonder Jesus declared loving God wholeheartedly as the most important commandment. The very word Islam refers to loving surrender to God. The Bhagavad-gita unequivocally declares constant devotional meditation on God as the pinnacle in the evolution of human thinking. We can most easily and effectively experience God’s love for us and express our love for Him by chanting His bona fide Holy Names like Jehovah, Allah and Krishna. God being omnipotent fully manifests Himself in His Names and gives us the strength to reject negative and waste thoughts and fills our mind with positive spiritual thoughts. Thus spiritual positive thinking enables us to live positively by harnessing our latent positive spiritual energy. And at the time of death, it will enable us to leave positively by opening the door to eternal life. Hence cultivating loving thoughts for loving God is the ultimate key for tapping the power of thoughts.

            -Sumeet Mahendra

To convey our Ideal it must first mingle with life. . .

The outer life is an exact reproduction of the inner. The spritiual life plays a tremendous part in the world. We may be attracted by flower & long to keep it always,but we can’t possess it if we sever it from its root. In the same way,we cannot be truly living,if our consciousness is cut off from its source. . .