The main cause of fear is lack of knowledge. Take support of the Spirit within to get rid of fear. We should have a comprehensive understanding of life after death and before birth through enquiry and reflections. Both mind and Spirit survive a man’s physical death. Death is just an exit, a point where our evolution enters into another phase. As long as man has desire to live, longing to cling to life, the birth and death cycle will continue because of that seed of desire.
Continuity is the law of nature. Logically, mathematically, and scientifically, energy (Spirit) is indestructible; form may change but substance never changes. This Spirit is birthless and deathless. The physical body, various senses, and the mind are merely outer covers which conceal the inner Spirit. According to the law of conservation of energy, it is impossible that energy (Spirit) can ever be destroyed. Hence there must be rebirth. Just as we move from one house into another, so also the Spirit passes from one physical body to another. Commenting on rebirth, world-renowned Swami Sivananda of Rishikesh, India said: “If we deny pre-existence and rebirth and take into consideration that life begins with this birth only and ends completely with the death of the body and there is nothing more, then it will be no compensation for the virtuous man who has done noble actions and for the wicked man who has done crimes. The chain of cause and effect, antecedent and consequence, will be broken abruptly. There will be terrible injustice everywhere.” (quoted in Building a Noble World, p. 15)
Man does not live by bread alone; he really lives by the Spirit within. One’s dearest possession is one’s own Spirit. Spiritual wealth magnifies the Spirit within and brings peace of mind and happiness. Spiritual wealth alone is not enough; a balance between spiritual wealth and material wealth need to be achieved for lasting happiness on this earth.
We can surely overcome fear by actually realizing/experiencing (not merely intellectualizing) the essential indestructibility of our own inner Spirit. This realization will not only overcome fear but also confer bliss and peace. Although everyone has this immortal inner Spirit, very few people are able to get in tune with it. What comes in the way of the ever present inner Spirit? The answer is: the weaknesses of the mind such as anger, greed, hatred, malice, lust, jealousy, and pride. Once this “dust” in the form of various weaknesses is removed from the “mirror” of the inner Spirit, the mirror shines forth/the inner Spirit is experienced. One great way of removing the said “dust” is to cultivate sublime virtues by such practices as trying to relieve other people’s distress by selfless service (in pure thoughts, words, and deeds), sincere prayer, satsang/company of a noble being, and meditation on the inner Spirit. Once we experience our inner Spirit (our own rock-bottom base), which is supremely pure and divine, our world will be felt as heaven. May we all experience heaven on this earth!