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The Primal Instinct

Published: 28th April 2014 08:01 AM  |   Last Updated: 28th April 2014 08:11 AM   |  A+A-

Fear is an impression of the past reflecting the future of the present.

When people deny fear, they become egocentric; when they recognise and accept fear, they go beyond it... and become free.

Total lack of fear is possible only in utter chaos or utmost orderliness. Neither a fool nor a saint has fear. But everywhere in between there is fear.

Fear is a primal instinct, essential to preserve orderliness in the world.

Fear of death preserves life. Fear of wrong keeps us doing the right. Fear of sickness brings hygiene. Fear of misery keeps you righteous. A pinch of fear is necessary to keep things moving smoothly. A child has a pinch of fear, so it is careful and alert while walking.

Fear is love standing upside down.

Everything that can be interpreted with love can also be interpreted with fear. For example, a child clinging to its mother can be interpreted in both ways — as out of love or out of fear.

The primal instinct of fear can be totally transformed through awareness of Divine Love.

Do not try to eliminate fear! Just meditate and know that you are nobody

... or that you belong to Someone special...

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, spritual leader and founder of the Art of Living Foundation

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