Fear Is Part of Your Intelligence

30/08/2015 8:44 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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When fear comes, what to do?

Why should you ask to do anything? When there is fear, be afraid! Why create a duality? When moments of fear come be fearful, tremble with fear, allow fear to take possession. Why this constant inquiry: What to do? Can't you allow life in any way to take possession of you?

When love takes possession, what to do? Be loving! Don't do anything -- allow love to take possession of you. When fear comes tremble like a leaf in a strong wind. And it will be beautiful. When it has gone you will feel so serene and calm, as when a strong storm passes by everything is still afterwards. Why always fight something?

Fear comes -- it is natural, absolutely natural. To think of a person who is without fear is impossible because he will be dead. Then somebody will be honking the horn on the road and a man without fear will go on, he will not bother. Then a snake will be on the path and a man without fear will not bother, he will go on. A man without fear will be absolutely foolish and stupid.

Fear is part of your intelligence; nothing wrong in it.

"Allow fear. Only one thing is to be understood: when you allow fear and you tremble, watch it, enjoy it, and in that watching you will transcend it."

Fear simply shows there is death; and we human beings are here only for a few moments. That trembling says that we are not going to be permanently here, we are not eternally here; a few days more and you will be gone.

In fact because of fear man has been in deep search of religion; otherwise there would have been no point. No animal is religious because no animal is in fear.

No animal can be religious because no animals can be aware of death. Man is aware of death. Death is there at every moment, it surrounds you from everywhere. Any moment you will be gone; that makes you tremble! But again the ego says: "No, you, afraid? No, this is not for you, this is for cowards. You are a brave man."

It is not for cowards. Allow fear. Only one thing is to be understood: when you allow fear and you tremble, watch it, enjoy it, and in that watching you will transcend it. You will see the body is trembling, you will see the mind is trembling but you will come to feel a point within you, a deep centre which remains unaffected. The storm passes by but somewhere deep within you is a centre that is untouched: the centre of the cyclone.

Allow fear, don't fight it. Watch what is happening. Go on watching. As your watching eye becomes more penetrating and intense, the body will be trembling, the mind will be trembling, but deep within you will be consciousness, which simply is a witness, which only watches. It remains untouched, like a lotus flower in water. Only when you attain that will you attain fearlessness.

But that fearlessness is not being unafraid. That fearlessness is not bravery. That fearlessness is a realisation that you are two -- a part of you that will die and a part of you that is eternal. That part which is going to die is going to remain always afraid. And the part that is not going to die, which is immortal -- for it there is no point in being afraid. Then a deep harmony exists.

You can use fear for meditation. Use all that you have for meditation so that you go beyond.

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