Monday, December 6, 2010



 FEAR  is the basic expression of MAYA (or, Ignorance) in the Human Being. Where knowledge is complete, there is no fear. 

We can conquer FEAR either through TOTAL SURRENDER  of our actions or , through TOTAL LOVE or,  through TOTAL KNOWLEDGE.

As we move from fear to total fearlessness, we move nearer to liberation, or Moksha. Total Fearlessness is Moksha in itself.

If such total liberation is achieved through TOTAL SURRENDER  of the fruits of action – it is called Karma Yoga;

If it is through TOTAL LOVE, it is called Bhakthi Yoga;

If it is through TOTAL KNOWLEDGE, it is called Jnana Yoga.

For Persons who are more body oriented -  Karma Yoga comes easily.

For persons who are more emotionally oriented – Bhakthi Yoga Comes easily.

For persons oriented more towards intellect and Logic, Jnana Yoga is the Best means for Moksha.

Fear arises and persists when these are not total.

Let us see some Great quotes on FEAR from India and its neighbourhood – mostly from Spiritual View:
1.   He who establishes himself in his own Self becomes fearless, but he who perceives any difference from the Self is subject to fear. (Panchadasi by Sri Vidyaranya swami )
2.     Fear is Love turned upside down.  (Sri Sri RaviShankar)

3.   Moksha or liberation is total, absolute Fearlessness (Swami Paramarthananda)

4.   Don’t allow the fear to overpower you; allow love to overpower you. Love comes from the center, fear always comes from the periphery; don’t allow this periphery to be dominant. (OSHO)

5.     There is nothing to fear at all; all that is needed is a little more awareness. So whatever your fear is, catch hold of it, look at it minutely, the way a scientist looks at a thing. And you will be surprised, it starts melting like an ice flake. By the time you have looked into its totality, it is gone. (OSHO)

6.     A real religion gives you fearlessness: let that be the criterion. If religion gives you fear, then it is not really religion. . (OSHO)

7.   Meditation is rooted in fearlessness, in greedlessness. Meditation is not begging anything from anybody, it is not addressed to anybody. Meditation is a state of inner silence. (OSHO)

8.     Buddha is against fear; fear is the original sin according to him. He believes in fearlessness — he believes, and he believes rightly; it is his experience. It is my experience too, that true love happens only when fear disappears completely. A true religion has not happened in the world because we have been trying to create a cheap religion based on fear. . (OSHO)

9.     If religiousness means anything, it means fearlessness. (OSHO)

10.            Fear moves towards money, fear moves towards power, fear moves towards God; fear moves in all directions except inwards. To go inwards the first requirement is fearlessness.(OSHO)

11.            When you come close to a real Master, he gives you the taste of fearlessness. (OSHO)

12.            You know what fear is? Each one has his own particular form of fear - not one, but multiple fears. A mind that has any form of fear cannot obviously have the quality of love, sympathy, tenderness. Fear is the destructive energy in man. It withers the mind, it distorts thought, it leads to all kinds of extraordinarily clever and subtle theories, absurd superstitions, dogmas, and beliefs. (Jiddu Krishnamurti) 

13.             Freedom of mind comes into being when there is no fear, when the mind has no desire to show off and is not intriguing for position or prestige. Then it has no sense of imitation. And it is important to have such a mind - a mind really free of tradition, which is the habit-forming mechanism of the mind.(Jiddu Krishnamurti)

14.            A man who is not afraid is not aggressive, a man who has no sense of fear of any kind is really a free, a peaceful man.( Jiddu Krishnamurti)
15.            FEAR: Time is the Root (Jiddu. Krishnamurti)
16.            Thought is the origin of fear; time gives soil to fear. (Jiddu. Krishnamurti)

17.            Fear not what is not real, never was and never will be. What is real, always was and cannot be destroyed. (Bhagavad Gita)

18.            It is the awareness, the consciousness, and not the body, he fears to lose. Men love existence because it is eternal awareness, which is their own Self. Why not then hold on to the pure awareness right now, while in the body, and be free from all fear? (Ramana Maharshi)

19.       The greatest sin  is fear. (Swami Vivekanada)

20.       In wealth is the fear of poverty, in knowledge the fear of ignorance, in beauty the fear of age, in fame the fear of backbiters, in success the fear of jealousy, even in body is the fear of death. Everything in this earth is fraught with fear. He alone is fearless who has given up everything. (Swami Vivekananda)

21.       There would be no one to frighten you if you refused to be afraid. (Mohandas K. Gandhi)

22.            Those who own much have much to fear. (Rabindranath Tagore)

23.            Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high; Where knowledge is free; Where the world has not been broken up into fragments by narrow domestic walls; Where words come out from the depth of truth; Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection; Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way in the dreary desert sand of dead habit; Where the mind is led forward by thee into ever widening thought and action.... into that heaven of freedom, my father, let my country awake. (Rabindranath Tagore)

24.             Let me not pray to be sheltered from dangers but to be fearless in facing them. Let me not beg for the stilling of my pain, but for the heart to conquer it. Let me not look for allies in life’s battlefield but to my own strength. Let me not crave in anxious fear to be saved but hope for the patience to win my freedom. Grant me that I may not be a coward, feeling your mercy in my success alone; But let me find the grasp of your hand in my failure. (Rabindranath Tagore)

25.            The whole secret of existence is to have no fear. Never fear what will become of you, depend on no one. Only the moment you reject all help are you freed. (Buddha)

26.            It is not power that corrupts but fear. Fear of losing power corrupts those who wield it and fear of the scourge of power corrupts those who are subject to it. (Aung San Suu Kyi)

27.            Among the basic freedoms to which men aspire that their lives might be full and uncramped, freedom from fear stands out as both a means and an end. (Aung San Suu Kyi)

28.            'The greatest gift for an individual or a nation . .. was abhaya, fearlessness, not merely bodily courage but absence of fear from the mind.' (Aung San Suu Kyi)

My Comments :

There are many beautiful comments by persons in Political and other fields. These are separately extracted and Posted in

Readers in this blog may also like to look at them – to get a more wholesome, diversified view of this important facet of our personality – called Fear.

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1 comment:

  1. Jiddu Krishnamurti telling a joke...

    “There are three monks, who had been sitting in deep meditation for many years amidst the Himalayan snow peaks, never speaking a word, in utter silence. One morning, one of the three suddenly speaks up and says, ‘What a lovely morning this is.’ And he falls silent again. Five years of silence pass, when all at once the second monk speaks up and says, ‘But we could do with some rain.’ There is silence among them for another five years, when suddenly the third monk says, ‘Why can’t you two stop chattering?”