Jai Satchitanand Friends!
All of you must have experienced fear. Some of you might be afraid
of your teacher, while others may be afraid of exams and some of
you might be afraid of darkness while others may even be afraid of
being alone and yet others may be afraid of ghosts. Sometimes we
may not be afraid of anything at all, but if someone suddenly
shouts "Boo" loudly behind us, we feel scared.
Have you ever wondered why we feel fear? What are its
Is there truly anything in this world worth
Dadashri says hatred results in fear and where there is dislike,
there is fear.
Perceiving a person or the thing to be bad is the root cause of
For example one might have heard from others that these policemen
are very bad. Having gained this knowledge hatred sets in first. On
the basis of this knowledge, one will say, 'Policemen are the worst
kind of people.' That is hatred. And then, when someday a policeman
comes to one's home, one feels uneasy, even though the policeman
may have just come to enquire about an address.
You will be afraid of whoever you hate. Fear of the snake and
tiger arises from one's hatred towards them. If you dislike a
lizard you will be afraid of it.
Do you know how we can free ourselves from hatred and
• If you keep saying positive things about
things you dislike e.g. if you don't like eating vegetables, saying
words like, "it's good", "it's tasty" every time we eat them, will
make the dislike for that item disappear.
• Changing the bad opinion to a good opinion
will make the hatred towards any person vanish. For example, if we
change our opinion for the policeman from being bad to being
helpful than automatically we will feel safe in his presence rather
than getting scared of him!!
• By seeing shuddhatma (pure soul) and doing
Pratikraman(asking forgiveness) in the other living thing will wipe
away all the fear. For example, if we are afraid of spiders then
seeing shuddhatma in it and doing Pratikraman will definitely help
us get rid of its fear.
Also, you should not scare others as that would be a misuse of
So friends, one should only fear doing bad deeds, hurting
others and binding demerit karmas but not fear anything
::Story on Imaginative Fear