Fearlessness – achieving it by understanding the God Concept

The concept of God – Krishna Consciousness or God consciousness

Achieving absolute fearlessness

 

Fear is a natural instinct and it is a state of mind.  Physical and psychological dangers that people sense, cause fear in their minds. It is a natural instinct which even animals, reptiles, birds, etc have. Instinct has nothing to do with intelligence but training and controlling it, do.

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Fearing something or someone is also a kind of negative auto-suggestion. Confusions and illusions augment fear and the lack of faith makes things even worse. Out of the 86400 seconds everyday, even 10 seconds spent fearing something is an absolute waste of time.

Some of the disadvantages of fearing :

i.    Causes unpleasant feelings
ii.   Is of no benefit
iii.  Makes people look scared and unattractive
iv.  Weakens intelligence, memory and the intellect
v.   Causes anger and an unfriendly behaviour
vi.  Plants negative seeds in the mind
vii.  Is a total waste of time

Some of the advantages of thinking positive:

i.    Causes happiness
ii.   Greatly increases self-confidence
iii.  Makes people look radiant and good-looking
iv.  Strengthens the mind, stimulates memory and the intellect
v.   Makes people think in a magnanimous way thereby making them appear confident and benevolent
vi.  Plants positive seeds in the mind that will grow into large fruit bearing trees
vii. Makes the mind more healthy paving the way for a great future

The strong belief of being under the protection of  the personified Supreme Power, makes people mentally very strong and it totally removes fear. When people fear, they visualise unpleasant situations which actually may not have been destined to happen at all.  Instead, people who have total faith in the Supreme Power, are absolutely confident and certain that no harm would ever befall upon them.  The easiest would be to personify the Supreme Power in such a way that people can relate to. People are free to attribute whatever qualities or powers to the Supreme God they have personified. In the 11th chapter of the Gita, which is also called the Vishwaroopa Darshana Yoga,  Bhagavan Krishna has been described as follows:

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किरीटिनं गदिनं चक्रहस्तमिच्छामि त्वां द्रष्टुमहं तथैव।
तेनैव रूपेण चतुर्भुजेनसहस्रबाहो भव विश्वमूर्ते॥

kiritinam gadinam chakra hastam
icchaami tvaam drashtum aham tathaiva
tenaiva rupena chatur bhujena
sahasra baaho bhava vishva murte

Oh universal Lord, I wish to see You in Your four-armed form, with helmeted head and with club, wheel, conch and lotus flower in Your hands. I long to see You in that form.

In modern times, it would make sense to visualise Bhagavan Krishna to be an omnipotent and an omnipresent muscular, handsome, powerful, extremely intelligent and a loving God who stays with us each and every single second of the day. Depending on people’s perception of him, He could  be a friend, a guide, a teacher, a brother or can be loved in the way one would love his or her own father. Believing that He is always there for people for an instant boost of energy and courage makes people totally confident, courageous and at the same time virtuous or  Dharma abiding.

An employee of a large organisation, who is very dear to the CEO, would never fear anyone or anything within the organisation because he or she has the direct support and protection of the CEO. The entire system in which we live is an extremely huge corporate organisation and the CEO is Bhagavan Krishna. When one is dear to him, has blind faith in Him and follows all His rules, even any traces of fear in the heart are wiped away giving way to abundant self-confidence and courageousness.

Understanding the God Concept

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Gita 7:7

मत्तः परतरं नान्यत्किञ्चिदस्ति धनञ्जय ।
मयि सर्वमिदं प्रोतं सूत्रे मणिगणा इव ॥

mattaH parataraM naan yatkinchidasti dhananjayaa
mayi sarvamidaM protaM suutre maNigaNaa iva

 Beyond Me, there is nothing superior. Everything is connected to me like pearls on a thread.

In order to achieve the above mentioned state of mind of fearlessness and in order to convince the mind of such a Supreme Power, it is most essential to understand the God Concept.

During times of trouble, the lack of clarity in the concept of God causes and also nourishes fear. Believing in nothing gives no hope because it is ultimately only hope that helps people progress in their lives. People with an impersonal conception of God are usually bewildered by God Himself.

Humans, since time immemorial, have been anthropomorphising or rather personifying their deities, planets, stars and even natural forces such as the wind, the rain, etc. This is because of the fact that humans can naturally and very easily comprehend abstract things that are personified. People find it almost impossible to perceive anything that is intangible and does not have a shape or a form.  When we speak with a stranger on the phone, we tend to ‘put a face to the voice’ in our minds. But once we have seen the person or even his or her picture, it becomes much easier for us to communicate with and to relate to the person.

From a modern and a rational point of view, we could say that The Supreme God is a personification of the entire system. Some may object to this but this is not meant to belittle or demean any Dogma or Faith. This is because any kind of absolute Faith is powerful. It is the unflinching faith in God, in oneself, in another person or even in an inanimate object that makes people strong, helps them achieve their ambitions and gets them whatever they want. Faith also triggers the placebo effect in people and rids them of even severe illness and pain.

Intelligent and powerful conquerors and rulers used religion and the personification of the eternal and ultimate power to sway masses and to control and rule over them. Wars were fought and millions were killed in the name of God. Religion after violence has been the ultimate means to achieve power over people. Fear as well as greed, were created in the minds of the masses. Hell and heaven were intelligently used to nurture both fear and greed in the minds of the people. In order to be saved from hell and to be guaranteed eternity in heaven, people needed priests and the priests worked for the king. This ensured the king a feudalistic and an undisturbed  chain of command.

In the Bhagavad Gita, the entire system that runs based on unwritten laws is called the ultimate consciousness. Wrong or unclear conceptions of God cause illusion. Minds of people under this illusion can be very easily manipulated by power mongers. Understanding the ultimate consciousness helps people in being a better part of the entire grand system, however small and innocuous they may be. When one follows the rules and regulations of the country that he or she lives in, living a safe and a comfortable life becomes quite easy. Similarly, following Sanaatana Dharma which comprises of the basic code of conduct through social responsibility, ensures happiness, good health and prosperity and also positive Karma which is carried forward into future births or Janmas.

Although people know that there is a natural system that governs everything in the universe, developing faith in the system requires personification of the Supreme System. Bhagavan Krishna tells Arjuna that only those people who perceive the Supreme Power to possess a form, a personality, qualities, powers, etc. are in a position to overcome this illusion in order to truly and deeply experience their oneness with the System or Power.

A quote from the Bible describing our oneness with God.  Jesus Christ speaks to his disciple John:

John 14:20  On that day you will realise that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you.

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The following verse from the Gita speaks about the importance of personifying The Supreme Lord in order to perceive Him better.

Gita: 12: 5
क्लेशोऽधिकतरस्तेषामव्यक्तासक्तचेतसाम्‌ ।
अव्यक्ता हि गतिर्दुःखं देहवद्भिरवाप्यते ॥
klesho ‘dhikataras teshaam
avyaktasakta chetasaam
avyakta hi gatir duhkham
dehavadbhir avaapyate
Those whose minds are attached to the formless or an impersonal feature of the Supreme Lord, find it difficult to perceive Him. People’s nature  of identifying with the body makes perception of  a formless God, difficult.

A few Biblical verses of God’s appearance:

Genesis 1:26
God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.

Ezekiel 1: 26-27
26. And above the firmament that was over their heads was the likeness of a throne, as the appearance of a sapphire stone: and upon the likeness of the throne was the likeness as the appearance of a man above upon it.
27. And I saw as the colour of amber, as the appearance of fire round about within it, from the appearance of his loins even upward, and from the appearance of his loins even downward, I saw as it were the appearance of fire, and it had brightness round about.

Revelations 1: 14-16
14. His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire;
15. And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters.
16. And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.

The Bhagavad Gita says that the illusion of The Bhagavan’s external potency manifests itself as external energy in the demigoddess called ‘Maya’ and both are subservient to the Supreme Bhagavan Krishna. As per the Gita, in order to experience being a part of the System, it is of utmost importance to develop Ananya Bhakti or absolute and pure devotion. When people develop absolute or pure devotion, they follow Dharma, engage in good Karma and hence are good and useful citizens to whichever country that they live in and also to the world.

A simple but powerful verse on devotion from the Gita:

Uniting individual consciousness with the ultimate consciousness

Gita 9:22
अनन्याश्चिन्तयन्तो मां ये जनाः पर्युपासते ।
तेषां नित्याभियुक्तानां योगक्षेमं वहाम्यहम्‌ ॥
ananyaas chintayanto mam
ye janaah paryupaasate
tesaam nityaabhiyuktaanaam
yoga kshemam vahaamyaham

Those who strive for eternal association with Me over everything and everyone else, meditate on me with extreme devotion. I assure such persons of uniting their individual consciousness with the ultimate consciousness forever.

The total faith that comes with being dear to the personified Supreme One, makes people mentally very strong and it totally removes fear. Fearlessness when once tasted, is highly addictive. Total Krishna Consciousness is the quickest and the surest way of attaining fearlessness. Feeling absolutely certain of being under His care and protection, gives people ultimate self-confidence and mental attitude. The total faith they have, works for them,  saves them from the most hopeless situations, helps them realise even their most impossible dreams and frees them from all sorts of fear.

Freedom from fear is freedom from bondage.

Jai Shree Krishna

Tavamithram sarvada

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9 thoughts on “Fearlessness – achieving it by understanding the God Concept

  1. Dear Sir,

    I live in Coimbatore and I have been following you blog and trying to understand your teachings for over a month now. My entire lifestyle, thinking and behavioural patterns have completely changed. I am following all the three Margas to the best of my abilities and I am already seeing excellent results. Many people are waiting for the world to change but from what you say I understand that we have to change if we need a change in our life.

    Taking the support of Lord Krishna and following Dharma will definitely help us succeed in our ambitions but at first we need to have precise goals.

    I would like to meet you in person very soon. I also travel to Europe very often on business.

    Best regards

    Mohan

  2. Dear respected Tavamithram Sir,

    as usual, you have unusual ways of explaining things. The way you have written is helping me very much in developing fearlessness. Sir, my folks have read your posts and we like your way of teaching things which is very unique.I am anxiously waiting for your video messages.

    My humble regards to you Sir,

    Savithri

  3. Vanakkam Tavamithram Sir,

    you have explained the benfits of being fearless in an interesting way and I like it very much. I did not understand one paragraph very well. It is the one after the three verses from Revelations. Could you please explain it to me?
    ‘The Bhagawad Gita says that the illusion of The Bhagawaan’s external potency manifests itself as external energy in the demigoddess called ‘Maya’ and both are subservient to the Supreme Bhagawan Krishna. As per the Gita, in order to experience being a part of the System, it is of utmost importance to develop Ananya Bhakti or absolute and pure devotion. When people develop absolute or pure devotion, they follow Dharma, engage in good Karma and hence are good and useful citizens.’

    For the benefit of the others, I would like to quote one of the ‘Thirkurals’ in my mother tongue Tamil which you taught me when I heard your first strong and postive talk.

    “தெய்வத்தான் ஆகா தெனினும் முயற்சி தான்
    மெய் வருத்தக் கூலி தரும்”
    திருக்குறள் – 619.

    Thirukural 619
    Though destiny decrees that one’s deeds will fail, the wages for determined work are always paid.

    Thank you very much and my humble regards to you.

    Mekala

    • Vanakkam Mekala,

      thank you for your message.

      Yes I agree that that paragraph can sound a bit confusing. Let me try to explain it to you in a simple way:
      ‘Maya’ means illusion.

      What is illusion? According to Oxford Dictionaries, illusion means, ‘A deceptive appearance or impression’.

      Well, everything that we know, do or think about, could be an illusion! The very fact that I am writing this reply to your message and also the fact that you are reading my reply could also be illusions. In order to not complicate things, I speak about comparing the world that we live in with a large corporate organisation. I am sure that anyone can understand the allegory.

      What I do is that I respect the system that I am a part of (you too are a part of it – Gita 7:7)

      I guess it would be better if I explained this to you on a Skype call.

      My best wishes to you

      Jai Shree Krishna

  4. August 4, 2014 at 18:01

    Namaste Tavamithram Ji!

    Your latest post on fearlessness is great!!!! But actually I feel that you had much more to say but you kind of shortened it at the end. I did get the message! I am strictly following all that you have taught me. In fact I even gave my friends a lecture on Krishna the other day! Please come to the USA asap, you have quite a few followers here and we would all be extremely glad to hear your live discourses!

    Even some of my American friends have gone through your post and they find it very convincing.

    Thank you again Tavamithram Ji, I stumbled upon your blog at the right moment of my life and I am pretty sure that I wouldn’t have made it but for your guidance and teachings in such a friendly way. You are so kind hearted.

    (I hope you publish this message from me)

    Affectionately

    Shalini

  5. Namaste Sir!

    Your new post on fearlessness is very motivating.

    This is such a modern way of explaining Krishna Consciousness! Sir you have such a modern method which sounds so sensible and believable. After you advised me, I too have started to visualize Krishna as a Superhero who has no limitations and who is ready to help me anytime. I have also developed fearlessness and I feel very comfortble and safe under Lord Krishna’s care and protection. Yes we are all under his care but realizing and believing it changes our whole life.

    Thank you very much

    My pranaams to you Tavamithram Sir

    Ram

  6. I completely agree that our life is fully controlled by lord almighty and he decides our course, so we thinking of fear is totally useless

  7. Dear Tavamithram Sir,

    thank you for such a beautiful article. Wow! It is so inspiring and motivating. You have explained in a very simple way the importance of total surrender to Krishna. I am also becoming a sincere devotee of Krishna and I know that he will always protect me.

    Your idea of personifying Krishna in our own way and believinging in him is so practical. It gives a lot of confidence because it is easier to concentrate and believe in someone when we know how he looks.

    Sir you were speaking to me about the Vignyana Yoga. Please throw some light on the chapter.

    Humble namaskaarams.

    Shanthi

  8. Dear Tavamithramji ,

    an amazingly well written article. Such an eye opener too… Thank you for sharing with us what you learn from your own pain staking experiences. It makes our journey towards the realisation of Supreme Consciousness a little easier.

    The talks I’ve had with you over the last few months have helped me bring Lord Krishna alive in my life… He now has a face and an extremely pleasing personality. He is slowly turning into my best friend and my protector. After realising the immense and undying faith you place in Him, and the way He has reached out to you at the last moment innumerable times, never once letting you down has gone a long way into converting my very own personal relationship with Lord Krishna into a strong one . I know I have a long way to go, but I’m glad that my journey has finally begun…

    Thank you so much for spreading optimism in our lives and selflessly devoting yourself for a higher cause. May God bless you and your family, now and always. 🙂

    With regards,
    Anita.

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