This article is shared by SP Sharma
Our inherent and explicit fears always cause a waning of our energies. Various psychological methods are used to alleviate the mental suffering in such cases, but if spirituality is pursued one gets oneself free from such fears and gains happiness.
In my childhood I was afraid of any police personnel, as if I was a born culprit. In our distant relations there was a constable, and that gave me some relief. Secondly, I completed graduation still thinking that inmates in jail with such a degree are provided with a B Class facility. The fear might be due to roots in a previous life. For example, a freedom fighter plays a hide and seek game with the police and after death this tendency might be carried over to the next life, and similarly many other phobias, too.
Another fear was due to a ghost story heard in the village of my childhood. Twice I got frightened. However, in due course of time I came to know that there was no real ghost in my case. It was mainly due to myopia. My semi-literate but wise mother always used to tell me that the electrical lighting has driven away the ghosts, particularly in the cities.
The next fear was due to the occurrence of death. A death in the neighborhood disturbed my sleep for a few days when I was 25 years old.
Besides, there have been periods of other kinds of fear, like the fear of becoming mad, or of losing a service, a thing, or an opportunity. These thoughts now and then frightened me, with symptoms like frigidness, nervousness, sweating, etc., and caused my energy to wane.
Innumerable fears have gripped the minds of most of us, e.g., fears of losing one’s life, prestige, wealth, occupation, threats, etc.
Many types of psychological methods and medicinal treatments exist for this, but in some cases the sufferer doesn’t get a perfect relief or cure.
What has helped me is something I wish to share with the readers. A firm belief in God and His capabilities – being omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent – followed by His remembrance through the repetition of His name works wonders. Many wise people have assured relief from fears by letting themselves go all the way through their own sensations.
Further to this, try to leave attachment, if necessary. Selfishness is another name for attachment. Always think of the opposite of your worldly likings or achievements, because no gain other than true love is permanent (Please see the article: The spectrum of the love of God).
In the case of utter distress, when nothing works, surrender to God is the only option left. Seek the company of devotees, or saints, who are the living testimony of their surrender to God and who express their feelings of satisfaction in life. Pious people don’t consider worldly gains as the ultimate objective in life, but rather peace of mind and freedom from fears.
I used to pray that irrespective of the day’s happenings I should go to bed peacefully and have a sound sleep. For this I started creating optimistic feelings well before going to bed. Then, I felt it necessary to have a peaceful mind while getting up in the morning, too. For this I selected biographies of the saints and singing the songs of their relationship with God in the wee hours.
Of course, the fear of death is removed when one attains self-realization, or remains immersed in continuous devotion.
SP Sharma, India