This post is a sequel to the previous one on ‘Swami Chinmayananda’s Fearlessness’ relating to my visit to Chinmaya Vibhuti Ashram. The article is from our guest writer and friend Sriram who in simple words interprets the ancient scriptures and wisdom of Masters – to go deep
into the origin of Fear and how to overcome it. I thank him for this fine contribution. A few pictures of The Ashram and surrounding hill range are also displayed.
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So Sriram now it’s over to you ……
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Swami Govindgiri – is merely paraphrasing what the scriptures have always held as True. Focus on that One Awareness; being in IT- ALL becomes known. This is exactly what Einstein proved with his mass energy equation – All is energy and Consciousness.
What is Fear?
Or for that matter Shame? or any other emotion that requires an OTHER to exist? They all require an OTHER for their existence – I am afraid of … an object has to be there for fear to exist, be it ‘myself’. similarly shame to exist requires an other and so on. When one reaches that level of consciousness where only ‘I’ exist and there is NO other, where is the question of the existence of all these concepts that are so lame that they need support to exist. So without any support they just fall off ….
So it is a little wonder that Swami Chinmayananda IS fearless.
What does one do to get there?
First to enhance our ‘present’ – enhance our own awareness. for e.g. when there is this sensation of fear – lets examine it – what is it that we are afraid of? and more often than not fear of ‘loss of image’ is something that is deep seated in all of us. We are all so much in the game of living up to images that we are afraid of even being ourselves for the fear of losing the
image! and this image creation is because there are others and we seek approval of others. Since there are others there are ‘inferior’ others and ‘superior’ others and all such attributes follow.
Sri Ramana gives us a simple solution for all this. He says whenever you are in contemplation go to the root of it all. Who is the source of the other? Who is it makes you feel fear and who is feeling the fear? are there really two out there? His own experience of ‘death’ lead to his ‘awakening’ – reproduced here is a translation of his experience –
Overcoming the fear of Death
“One day in his seventeenth year, Venkataramana (as he was called then) had a very profound experience that was to become the turning point in his life. As usual he was in the first floor of his uncle’s house in a mood of deep thought. All of a sudden he was seized by the fear of death. He started asking himself what death is and what happens to him after he dies. He lay down with his arms stiffly to his sides as if dead, held his breath and pretended to be dead;
“Now death has come but what does it mean? What is it that is dying? The body dies and is carried off to the cremation ground and reduced to ashes. But with the death of the body, am I dead? The body is now motionless, but still I have
knowledge of my individuality. If so the ‘I’ in me is not merely my body; it is a deathless spirit.””
It seems this whole experience lasted around half an hour and later when asked how long was it, Sri Ramana says it hardly lasted a moment – and then quips, what is TIME for what IS?
So all it takes is a moment for getting into The Awareness and to get over fear … But do we have a moment to spare?
Manage your thoughts
The prescription is as follows – As you contemplate and observe your thoughts, ask yourself where from do thoughts arise? seek the source of your thoughts and you will find thoughts slip away leaving you and an awareness fills you …. Its through practice that we can get to this thoughtless-awareness state and perhaps at A moment we will never slip back into this current state of ignorance.
So as they say Carpe Diem – Seize the Moment.