No Knowledge Without Freedom From Fear



No Knowledge Without Freedom From Fear

ADI DA SAMRAJ: Finding ourselves alive in an independent form, vulnerable and subject to death, we become frightened, afraid of extinction. This fearful mood motivates us in all that we hope, believe, and do. We seek the consolation that we will continue in the face of the threat of death. 

This urge for consolation enters into all of our considerations. Any belief in our own continuation after death is created in our need to be consoled. Thus, if we are to discover the destiny beyond physical death, we must first of all become free of the demand for consolation that causes us merely to believe rather than to inspect, to understand and be free. 

Otherwise, we could never be certain that we are not just believing because we are afraid. We cannot be certain of our own spiritual or religious hopes and beliefs unless we are completely free of the need to be consoled. We might observe something about life that implies continuation after death, but we cannot be certain so long as we feel compelled to believe it as a consolation for our fear.


Until you yourself become free of fear altogether, 
free of the need to be consoled, 
you have no way of knowing with any certainty 

whether or not you will survive death. 


If you consider the possible future, you notice that, to a large degree, fear determines what you choose to believe or observe about survival after death. In other words, you cannot feel certain about survival or anything until you are free of this fear.

Until there is freedom from fear there is no knowledge whatsoever. There are just ideas, hopes, and beliefs, all of which are very superficial, because fear is stronger. We are not really consoled even then.

DEVOTEE: We are always seeking consolations.

ADI DA SAMRAJ: But even when consolations occur, we are not satisfied, because in our fear we doubt even our own experience when it arises. Thus, no one is satisfied by the ordinary consolations in life that we are always seeking in order to feel better, to be relieved of the pain or sorrow or fear of existence. 

All the experiences that we repeat and try to acquire do not satisfy us at any time while we are alive until we are completely free of fear, completely free of the need to be consoled by these experiences. Otherwise, our relationship to consolations is one of doubt and fear itself.


1978



©2011 ASA
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