Worry and Fear

Are  you worried?  Are  you miserable?  If so,  you  are invited to read this booklet. The theme of  this booklet is dedicated to  you and  to those who worry themselves unduly even unto death!  Worries and miseries are twin  evils that  go hand in hand.  They  coexist in this  world. If  you feel worried,  you  are  miserable! If  you are miserable,  you are worried.  We  must face facts. Although we cannot run away  from them, we must not let these twin evils  of worry  and misery  overcomes us. We  must overcome them. We can do so by  our own human efforts,  correctly directed with determination and patience.  With proper understanding and carefully  applied  intelligence, we  should be  able to  subdue our emotional feelings and do away with worries and miseries.  Our worries are of our own making. We create them in our own minds, through our inability  or failure to understand the danger of our egoistic feelings and our inflated  and false values of things. If only  we  could  see things in  their proper perspective in that nothing is permanent in  this world and that our own egoistic self is our wild imagination running  riot in our untrained mind, we should be going  a long way  to finding the remedy  to  eradicate our worries and miseries. We  must  cultivate our minds and hearts to forget about self  and to be of service and use to  humanity.  This is one of the means whereby we can find real peace and happiness.  Many  people have longings and  hankering, fear and anxieties which they  have not learnt to sublimate and are ashamed to admit them  even to themselves. But these unwholesome emotions  have force. No matter  how we may  try  to bottle them  up they  seek  a release by  disordering the physical machinery  resulting in chronic illnesses. All these can be repelled by  correct methods of meditation or  mental  culture, because the untrained mind is the main cause  of such worries. Whenever  you have worries in  your mind, don’t  show  your sulky face to each and every  person  you come  across. You should reveal your worries only  to those who  really  can help  you.  How nice it would be if  you  could maintain  your smiling face in spite of  all the difficulties confronting  you.  This  is not very difficult if only you  really  try.  Many  teenagers  worry too  much when their friendship with  the opposite sex  is lost. They  often plan  even  to commit suicide  compelled  by  the plight  of  frustration  and disappointment. Some  find place in lunatic asylums. Many  such broken-hearted  youths lead miserable lives. All these unfortunate events happen due to a lack of understanding the real nature of life. Somehow  or other departure or separation is unavoidable. This  may  happen sometimes  at the beginning  of a life  career; sometimes in the middle  and sometimes at the  end; it  is certainly unavoidable. When such things  happen one must try  to find out where the cause  lies.  However,  if  the separation is beyond  control one must have the courage to bear it out by  realising the nature of life. But on the other hand it is not difficult for anyone to find new friends,  to fill the vacuum if one  really  wants  to.   “Wheresoever  fear  arises, it arises  in the fool,  not in the wise man” says the Buddha. Fears  are nothing  more than states  of mind. One’s  state of mind is subject to  control and direction; the negative use of thoughts produces out fears; the positive  use realises our hopes and ideals, and in  these  cases  the  choice rests  entirely with  ourselves.  Every human being has the  ability  to completely  control his own mind. Nature has endowed man with absolute control over but one thing, and that is thought. This fact, coupled with  the  additional fact  that everything  which man creates begins in the form  of a thought, leads  one very  near to the principle by  which fear may be mastered.  A noted British  anatomist was once  asked by  a student what was the best  cure  for  fear,  and  he  answered,  “Try doing something for someone”. The student was  considerably  astonished by  the reply,  and requested further enlightenment  whereupon his instructor said, “You  can’t have  two opposing sets of thoughts in  your mind at one and the same time”.  One set of thoughts will always  drive the other out. If, for instance, your mind  is  completely  occupied  with an unselfish desire to help someone else,  you  can’t be harbouring fear  at the same time.  “Worry dries up the blood sooner than the age.”  Fears,  worries  and anxieties  in moderation  are natural instincts  of self-preservation.  But constant fear  and prolonged worry  are unfailing  enemies to  the  human organism. They  derange  the normal bodily functions.  If  you  have learned how to please  others,  you  always  will be  in  a good mood. This is because  your mind does not  allow worries to be accommodated in it.   

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