Fear has existed from time with the man. And man has lived with it. Both consciously or hidden deep down, its roots very very deep.
And whether we have escaped from it through logic, through analysis, through any form of entertainment that helps us avoid coming directly into contact with it and holding it, or we have suppressed it or we neglect it. And one knows the consequences of fear physical shrinkage, a tendency to be hypocritical, resistant, and avoidance of the fact that one is really afraid.
A reaction called fear. If we want to be free of fear we have to go to the root of it. There is biological fears, the body the organism which must protect itself, and the fear of disease, old age, death, and the fear of past memories so fear is again a common ground upon which all human beings stand.
So we can either find out superficially or enquire into it very deeply.
What is the root of fear?
One knows various forms of fear. Death old age fear of tomorrow, fear of uncertainty, fear of insecurity, fear of not being loved or loved and not receiving that love, fear of loneliness, fear of loss fear of not having anybody to depend on, and there are various forms of fear, fear of the dark the fear of light., outward forms of fear? I'm afraid of a bully all the time, so you lie, you do all kinds of things. There is the fear of constant pressure from an aggressive, sightly demented person. So do we want to deal with fear superficially which is intellectually verbally or do we want to go into it very deeply?
It's a serious question which you must answer for yourself. If you want to deal with it superficially that's the end of it. It's like a tree the moment you cut down a branch one twig of it there is another on rising its perpetual flowering of fear. Or we can look at nature and structure how it comes into being.
What is the root of fear?
We are together investing into it together. we have done all kinds of things. If there is absolutely no psychological fear.
What is basically the root of fear?
Is it time and thought? Investigate it. Is it time the future or the past? And is it also thought, thinking about the future thinking about the future, the past thinking of what might happen. Or what has happened. The future is the past is time. The past modifying itself in the present moves to tomorrow the future.
The remembrance of an incident that has caused fear, and the future of that incident awakening a new fear.
So there is horizontal fear a vertical fear. The past the present and the future. One is afraid of the present.
The instability, the threat of war, the bomb that some country might put on us and so on.
So one is afraid of the past, present, and future. This is a movement it's not something that is stagnant, a movement means time.
From here to the city requires time traveling, from one point to another point it means time.
Is time one of the factors of fear? Logically it seems so. rationally, sanely. and is thought also the root of fear? I think tomorrow I might be unemployed. Thinking g about it, thinking about tomorrow is also the beginning of fear.
Thinking about the past the incidents the psychological accident which has brought about certain forms of fear, thinking about the past thinking about the future, thinking about the actual moment of life. Which there is such tremendous uncertainty. Thought breeds fear. so time and thought, are they the major factors of fear. And in reality, they are, what is one to do?
Then ask yourself is it an idea that you accepted. The words that you have accepted, or listening with that listening I have made an abstraction of it into an idea and I am struggling with the idea. Then I ask how am I to put that idea into action?
We have a habit of making abstractions of a fact. Those abstractions become ideals, concepts, conclusions all verbal.
And then I ask myself how am I to carry out these ideas, these concepts that time and thought are the roots of fear. I have made an abstraction of what you have told me time and thought are the root of fear. And I am pursuing the idea, how I am to carry out in life.
Don't make an abstraction of what you have heard.
That time and thought are the roots of fear. Don't translate it to an idea. Find out the truth of it. The actuality of it TO SEE RALLY I AM AFRAID OF THE PAST.
Also, I am afraid of the present. That things are so increataby instructive around me.
And also I am afraid of tomorrow the future. The atom bomb, the nuclear bomb, the mugging the mad terrorist, the politicians, and their games.
That is the present and also the future. I see the fact and not the idea that time and thought are the roots of fear.
Now, what shall I do? I realize I see the fact, I see the truth of what you have told me. Not romantic, idealistic, all that has no meaning.
I see the truth the actual truth.
then the difficulty arises, who is the observer that actually sees the fact. Who says I see the fact of it. is the observer different from what he sees? When I say, yes I see the truth of what you have told me, I have already played a trick of I see the truth of it. That means I am different from the truth.
When I am angry, is that anger different from me?
Or at the moment of anger, there is no difference.
There is a tremendous reaction A few seconds later I say, I have been angry, Therefore I have divided myself as the me who has been angry.
So time and thought are the factors of fear, I listen to it very carefully. I say i see the truth of it and the perception of the truth is something out there, and me watching it.
Or there is no observer but only the fact of it. I observe the tree in that observation, words spring up, that's an oak tree, and the very naming of that tree prevents me from looking at it. If I go to the museum and see a painting of the old masters when i compare one painting to another painting i am not looking at the actual painting of a particular master.
I am comparing, judging i and never observing very closely. you sny drndr of other psinyrtd looking. so when I see the truth of what you have told me there is no division between the observer and the observed.
There is only the truth of it not I see it.