Nothing to Fear !
Vedic scriptures tell us that fear personified is fearful of Vishnu. The followers of Dharma have practically nothing to fear. Non-followers of Dharma and Enemies of Dharma have everything to fear. Fear is caused due to the unknown. The biggest unknown variable for us is the duration of our life.
No one has seen the future and that is the root cause of fear.
Bhagavad Gita advises that we as spirit soul are eternal and we transmigrated into other bodies based on our current or past activities technically known as karma. Just like the fragrance of a flower flows due to movement of air, similarly, soul migrates to another body after death of current body. If one lives their life in a just manner they are guaranteed a birth in either a rich family or a well educated family. Therefore for followers of Sanatana Dharma, there is no fear, no loss.
Sometimes due to lack of knowledge we fear the future. I was hearing a very interesting interview of Dr Subramanian Swamy where in he says, “I have no fear of future”. That actually inspired me to write this article. If we observe his life, he has taken risks which only a few politicians in India have even courage to do. There is no surprise that he is an ardent follower of Ramayan, Bhagavad Gita and Mahabharat. Because our Hindu scriptures give us strength and make us fearless. His contribution to India is already the story of living legends. One of my american friend told me when he met Dr Swamy ji in San Diego , “Swamy is an institution”. He had just heard one of his talks. I was filled with pride to hear that coming from a successful industrialist.
In contrast, there are some other political leaders who are insecure most of the times and in order to protect their interests they plan all types of machinations and corruption even to the extent of anti-nationalism. They may call themselves hindu but they practically have no faith in Sanatana Dharma, the basis of all faiths from India. Their insecurity prohibits them to connect with people’s hearts and minds. Their behavior is best depicted by Bhagavan Krishna himself in 16th chapter of Bhagavad Gita. (16.6-16.19)
Fearlessness can help an individual achieve following
- Take Calculated Risks for collective benefit
- Good sense of humor
- Great listening skills
- Constant learning attitude
- Unassuming Nature
- Moral courage
- Physical courage
- High Intellect
- Deeper spiritual connection
- Steady mind
Fear gives rise to insecurity, impels people to do the unthinkable and propel them towards other more heinous activities. Many faiths in the world other than Dharmic faiths run on fear. It’s fear of apostasy that keeps Muslims together. If the fear of apostatic punishment is removed then there won’t be any Muslim left. Christianity is also run on fear where God is depicted to be an angry vengeful personality. If you have to be a part of their community then you must be scared of wrath of God. Fear of hurtful retribution keeps their communities together. Therefore, Hinduism and Buddhism (Dharmic faiths) are usually a welcome relief for all abrahamic faiths.
Only in Bhagavad Gita you will find that every individual is respected as divine and God appears to be a thoughtful, kind and intelligent person. The divine nature of soul is explained beautifully in Bhagavad Gita. Soul has 18 qualities as mentioned in 2nd chapter of Bhagavad Gita. One of them is sarva gatah, i.e present everywhere. Soul is everywhere and Paramatma is also present in every body as an observer. Nobody is ever alone. The divine vision of Paramatma ensures a sense of duty for every follower of Sanatana Dharma. Every activity or karma is monitored by Paramatma. This philosophy creates a responsible human being. Therefore, Hindus and other followers of Sanatana Dharma are considered to be very thoughtful, fearless and spiritual beings, a natural asset to any society. Sometimes, some uneducated people consider this thoughtfulness as a weakness but it is not rather it should be considered dharmic. Anyone on the side of Dharma or Vishnu can never lose as we have seen through history mentioned in Ramayan and Mahabharat. Even monkeys on the side of Bhagavan Ram defeated the mighty armies of Ravana. King Yudhisthira was able to defeat the mighty army of Jarasandha because of Krishna.
To summarize, belief in faulty ideology weakens our intellect, creates self-doubts and makes us fearful. Sanatana Dharma scriptures, accurate history and authentic biographies of dharmic leaders make us fearless. Everyone deserves truth to represent Sanatana culture with confidence. Jai Shri Ram !