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Fearfulness: How to stop it?

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Our fearfulness is "How I shall live? What I shall eat? Where I shall live? Where have my shelter…?" We are always perplexed with all these fearfulness. Why?

Because we have forgotten that there is one who is giving me all protection. We have become so foolish that the lower animals than the human being, they have no economic problem. They are freely living. In the morning they do not care where they shall eat. But there is eating. No animal, no bird, is dying of starvation. Have you seen any animal or any bird has died out of starvation? And who is providing him?

So they have no economic problem. Only this foolish, advanced, civilized man, under the name of so-called misusing the intelligence, which was given to him for realization of God, misusing for sense gratification, and therefore they are troubled. That is the whole problem. The world's problem is due to this forgetfulness. Ishad apetasya viparyayo 'smrtih. They have forgotten the protection of Krishna, God. They think that "By this adjustment, we shall be able to protect." Nonsense. It is not possible. Can you protect yourself from death? No. Then what is your protection?

So this is the formula: bhayam dvitiyabhinivesatah syat. Dvitiya means that a secondary existence beyond God which is, in Bible, it is said, Satan and God. So this satanic mentality has made them under the control of material nature. Satanic mentality. What is that satanic mentality? That "I want to be God." Always thinking falsely, "I am God," or "Independent," "I can do anything, everything," "Whatever I survey, I am the lord of whatever I survey." These foolish things are going on.

So giving too much stress on the bodily concept of life, they are sada samudvigna-dhiya, they are always full of anxiety. This is the cause. The foolish people, they do not know. Still, they are very much proud of education. Here is the cause, that because we have given too much stress on this false conception of life, therefore we are always full of anxiety. And as soon as I understand that "I am pure spirit soul, part and parcel of Krishna, the Supreme Lord. He is giving me all protection, and my duty is to love and serve Him," then I am free. At once I am free. The simple formula.

Your human being, they are very few. If you compare with other animals, other living entities, you are most insignificant number. Your number is very little, especially for the civilized. If you search out a hole in your room, you'll find millions of ants coming out. Even in your room you'll find. You'll be over-voted. So who is supplying their necessities? Eko bahunam vidadhati kaman. In the Vedic language we can understand that one singular entity… God is also a living entity. He's not void. He's just like a person, like you and me. But He's so powerful. Eko bahunam vidadhati kaman. One single number, He is providing so many, innumerable living entities.

In the Bhagavad-gita you'll find, tesam satata-yuktanam yoga-ksemam vahamy aham: [Bg. 10.10] "I supply whatever he needs. Who is constantly engaged in Krishna consciousness, I supply it. I take the goods personally and deliver there." Why should you be anxious?

Be in Krishna consciousness. All your material necessities will be… But don't be extravagant. Take only whatever you need to maintain your body and soul together and execute this… Make this primary and other things secondary. Krishna will supply you. But if you want to make your sense gratification, if you want to accept more than what you need, then you'll be in trouble. That is maya.

Now how to become Krishna conscious? A person who is fully Krishna conscious, he has no problem. Now how to become Krishna conscious? Lord Chaitanya says, sadhu-sastra-krpa: "One can become Krishna conscious by the mercy of saintly devotees and by the mercy of the scriptures." These two things are recommended.

Devotee means to become fully qualified with all the noble qualities. Devotee does not mean a rascal, at the same time, a devotee. No. As soon as you become devotee, the test is that all those twenty-six qualities will develop. You have to test yourself, "Out of the twenty-six qualities, how much I have developed?" If I am lacking, then you must know that you are not developing. This is the test.

Poetic, expert and silent. One who is too much talkative, that means he's lacking in devotion. He should simply talk about Krishna, nothing more. And when one is actually absorbed in Krishna thought, he cannot talk nonsense. He has no time. He does not waste time. So these are the qualities. Here, he's called sadhu. Sadhu means these are the qualifications. Of course, not that we may develop all these qualities immediately, but sadhu means this. Sadhu means, what is called, pious man. These are the qualities of pious man, sadhu.

Suppose a man is fallen in the pit and he's trying to come out, and another man drops a rope, "Please catch it. I shall take you out of the pit." He does not catch it. Then how he can be taken out? So sadhu and sastra, they're always ready to give you mercy, but you have to take it. If you don't accept it, then how you can recover? Therefore initiation means to accept the mercy of the sadhu and spiritual master. If you don't accept, so there is no other way. If you think… If you cry that "I am fallen in the pit. Please take me," and when somebody comes to help you, you say, "No, I'll not catch it," then you remain there. Who'll help you?

So because I am a living entity, I try for so many things, for my daily bread, and I don't try to catch the mercy of sadhu and sastra. Just see my foolishness. I, for getting a work, I flatter so many persons and put my, serving my application, but for my deliverance from the material bondage I don't care. "No, I am not going to submit to anyone. I don't require." Just see. How much foolishness there is.

Just like a dog, for his bread he'll submit everyone, but for his spiritual emancipation, oh, he's not agreeing to submit. Just see the foolishness. For bread, which is already settled by the nature, he'll submit to everyone. Just like dog goes from door to door and moves its tail that "Give me a bread. Give me a bread." Yes. So this application is a doggish.

In the Bhagavata it is stated that brahmana, a kshatriya, if he's poverty-stricken, he may accept something mercantile, but don't be a dog. This modern civilization is teaching people to become dog. Go door to door! [break] …the saintly person, the representative of Krishna, they are always trying to distribute this mercy. So if somebody by his fortune accepts this mercy then he can become aloof from these material troubles.

—-Reference: Lecture on CC Madhya-lila 20.119-121 – New York, November 24, 1966

Compiled by Damaghosa Dasa

 


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