When I was young, I had a fear of lizards. When I became a vegetarian, my compassion grew for animals and, automatically, my fear of lizards disappeared. People fear cockroaches, rats, dogs, heights, and water. We all have these fears because we fear death. People even fear God. You can fear displeasing God, but not a God who loves us. I wish I had had a little fear of my Masters. Maybe I would have had more reverence for them. The one fear that no one talks about, is the fear of one’s own self. When we sit in silence we have to see ourselves, all that we are, and all that we have done. As with a mirror, we see the reflection of our lives. Most of us cannot deal with the fear of seeing our own shadows, or of becoming nothing as we realize the truth, or the fear of losing all that we value in life. The fear of all that you think is real now is nothing but a dream, the fear of losing your ego and your self-worth. All your possessions are now illusions. So, all your fears are for nothing. Once you realize this, you will have wasted your precious time and energy for nothing.—Satish Daryanani

Man walking through a door into yellow light.