What is the cause of fear? And how do we vanquish it when it crowds around us with its insidious what-ifs, stoking caution, paranoia and doubt? Here, an exploration into the nature of fear and prescriptions on how to cope with it.
Vanquish your FearsIn his book, Conquest of Fear, Swami Sivananda explains the ways to overcome fear:
o Victory over fear (Pratipaksha Bhavana method): As you think, so you become. As you think, so you develop. As is your ideal, so gradually your life will become. This is so, because there is a great transforming power in thought.
o Feeling the presence of God: God is all-pervading. He is always with you. He is in you, around you. He is not far to seek. He has to be realised through the inner eye of wisdom.
o Devotion to God eradicates all fears: God bestows perfect security on His devotees and removes all sorts of fears. He transforms the sense of insecurity and fear into one of confidence and faith.
o Meditation on atma (the Jnana method): Meditation on the fearless atman removes all fears in totality.
Ancient words of timeless wisdom. If we can draw into ourselves any one of these methods, absorb the essence into our very being, internal harmony would be achieved with more ease.
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