Overcoming Fear

“To walk through life armoured against all fear, peril and disaster, only two things are needed, two that go always together–the Grace of the Divine Mother and on your side an inner state made up of faith, sincerity and surrender.”

In the previous chapter we reviewed the 3 aspects of personal effort in yoga. This chapter takes up the inner attitude or poise required to make progress in the yogic path. The Taittiriya Upanishad provides us a clue to the source of fear: “But when the Spirit that is within us maketh for himself even a little difference in the Eternal, then he hath fear, yea, the Eternal himself becometh a terror to such a knower who thinketh not.”

So long as we remain trapped in the ego consciousness, we identify ourselves as separate from the Divine Truth, the Oneness of the Eternal. This separation occasions fear. Through the action of fear, we attract that which we fear to us through the very focus and tuning process we discussed in earlier chapters. Thus, we call upon ourselves “fear, peril and disaster”.

To the extent that we master our inner psychological poise, and create a state that is made up of “faith, sincerity and surrender” we identify and focus on the Divine, and make contact with the Oneness of the Divine, thereby removing the knot of the ego and the cause of fear.

We further take a standpoint that recognises that there are larger frames and patterns at work than the ego can absorb and we thus, do not interpret events purely as subjective causes of pain or distress, and thus, even events which the ego might interpret as disastrous can be seen from a viewpoint which resolves this limited view.

Of course, this is a progressive development in our psychological stance, and the quality of the poise becomes perfected through personal effort and the action of time. Until such time as the transition is complete, we still have opportunities to experience fear.

The reaction of fear results from the action of the egoistic consciousness.

Sri Aurobindo, The Mother, Chapter Three, pp. 12

and Sri Aurobindo, , Taittiriya Upanishad, Brahmanandavalli, Chapter 7, pg. 271