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Fear: Its Beginning, Middle and End

--by J. Krishnamurti (Apr 30, 2007)


Fear is never an actuality; it is either before or after the active present. When there is fear in the active present, is it fear? It is there and there is no escape from it, no evasion possible. There, at that actual moment, there is total attention at the moment of danger, physical or physiological. When there is complete attention there is no fear. But the actual fact of inattention breeds fear; fear arises when there is an avoidance of the fact, a flight; then the very escape itself is fear.

Fear and its many forms, guilt, anxiety, hope, despair, is search for security; it is there in so-called love and worship; it is there in ambition and success; it is there in life and in death; it is there in physical things and in psychological factors. (...)

Though it is sought after, blindly and with reason, is there ever inward certainty, inward continuity, permanency? There is not. The flight from this reality is fear. The incapacity to face this reality breeds every form of hope and despair.

Thought itself is the source of fear. Thought is time; thought of tomorrow is pleasure or pain; if it’s pleasurable, thought will pursue it, fearing its end; if it is painful, the very avoidance of it is fear. Both pleasure and pain cause fear. Time as thought and time as feeling bring fear. Thought is the whole process of consciousness, the open and the hidden; thought is not merely the thing thought upon but the origin of itself. Thought is not merely belief, dogma, idea and reason but the centre from which these arise, This centre is the origin of all fear. (...)

When this whole process of thought, time and fear is seen, not as an idea, an intellectual formula, then there is total ending of fear, conscious or hidden. Self-understanding is the awakening and ending of fear.

And when fear ceases, then the power to breed illusion, myth, visions, with their hope and despair also ceases, and then only begins a movement of going beyond consciousness, which is thought and feeling. It is the emptying of the innermost recesses and deep hidden wants and desires. Then when there is this total emptiness, when there is absolutely and literally nothing, no influences, no value, no frontier, no word, then in that complete stillness of time-space, there is that which is unnameable.

--J. Krishnamurti, From 'Krishnamurti’s Notebook'


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On May 31, 2007 Karan Jetly wrote:
Liked the description of fear. Want to read more such philosophy.

On May 8, 2007 Supun wrote:
1 more thought:
Fear is ok as long as it's an internal struggle. But when I think of the 'war on terror', I think of how it's used uselessly to drive people away from rational thought. I guess, it's easy for an individual to not feel fear, but really easy for society to react as a group in the wrong way. One of my fears is that the bullshitter leaders of the world use fear in ways that we (people that assume good intent) don't anticipate. I'm afraid of how people use color coded security alerts to drive something like the 'Iraq War'. There's other things similar like, 'why am I so fearful so as to need a well fertiziled lawn, to allow factory farming, to (not) think I need a microwave, styro-foam cups, and flushing toilet, need to lock my door to people I don't know...' I'm not sure this is all because of fear, but I think it's part of it.

On another note, Is it proper to not be ready to die?

On May 8, 2007 supun wrote:
I've never thought of "fear" with this kind of connotation. I do agree that it can be described as an expectation or anticipation that has to do with coming disstress or even dis-ease or just the thought of pain. You can be calm through fear. Right now the biggest fear for me is that I'm used to not reacting implusivly, and not letting feelings like fear, lust, anger, etc drive me as they should a human. It may be freedom at a higher level, but sometimes I wonder if you need these feelings to truly be alive and also make good fool-hardy mistakes :-).

On May 7, 2007 Ben wrote:
Fear IS the need when you are not love. Love is always enough when you have it, and no love is enough when you dont.

There has to be a complete committment is one's love. This has to be the case because love is action and you cannot perform half-heartedly any action. You can't half-heartedly walk across the road, not in the action of walking at least. You could say that you will not pay attention while you do it, but then that does not effect the action itself. It just means your unconscious while you do it.

On May 2, 2007 ADEYEMI ADEWALE wrote:
Fear is a major issue on this side of the earth and because that is one of the factors man is subject to.

But if you can love deep enough, there won't be any need to fear.

On Apr 30, 2007 maryann moon wrote:
Yes, of course, I do see! When there is total
attention paid to the moment, there can be
no fear. What an extraordinary Truth!
I was shown the most beatiful Truth during a
deep meditation a few years, it was extraordinary
and I shall never forget it!

On Apr 30, 2007 Conrad wrote:

Fear -- J. Krishnamurthy If I were reading this, I would want somebody to say: “be silent for a moment and notice what comes to you.” It seems that fear is as unavoidable as pain but by accepting fear and pain, suffering is reduced or eliminated. I never deeply considered fear arising from my thoughts but I do believe that I use thought to avoid fear. "We are what we think. Everything we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts we make the world." If we think we are fearful, we are fearful. Through meditation I occasionally notice my fear and at times, I also notice that I am not afraid of the fear. Although it is rare for me, I believe that being open to my present experience is the key to reducing fear as well as understanding myself. As many of us know, the way to study the self is to forget the self. One who is no one, going nowhere has no fear. Schools would noticeably improve education if a student’s individual fears were the bases of the that stud  See full.

Fear -- J. Krishnamurthy If I were reading this, I would want somebody to say: “be silent for a moment and notice what comes to you.” It seems that fear is as unavoidable as pain but by accepting fear and pain, suffering is reduced or eliminated. I never deeply considered fear arising from my thoughts but I do believe that I use thought to avoid fear. "We are what we think. Everything we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts we make the world." If we think we are fearful, we are fearful. Through meditation I occasionally notice my fear and at times, I also notice that I am not afraid of the fear. Although it is rare for me, I believe that being open to my present experience is the key to reducing fear as well as understanding myself. As many of us know, the way to study the self is to forget the self. One who is no one, going nowhere has no fear. Schools would noticeably improve education if a student’s individual fears were the bases of the that student's curricula. Thank you Viral for an excellent selection.

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