“You Won’t Have to Fear Anything Anymore…”

 

By Nayaswami Narayan
January 23, 2018

“Christ!” I woke myself up again screaming the Lord’s name. No, this was not in vain, but a desperate call for help.

I’m not exactly sure why I do it. I’ve startled my wife Dharmadevi so many times she’s become immune to the shrieking surprise. It feels like I’m being tortured and I wake myself up calling out to Christ for help when the pain gets to an unbearable threshold.

Do I really need to understand exactly why this happens and what trauma is causing me to call out to Christ? I don’t think so. Aren’t we all traumatized? Aren’t we all suffering from the greatest pain — separation from God? We are like the king with all the wealth in the world who when sleeping thinks he’s a beggar and calls out for a penny.

Fear, Swami Sri Yukteswar said, is one of the meanesses of the heart. Why? Because fear keeps us separate from God. It holds our ego in place. Whereas love for God melts away the ego’s fancy frozen limitations.

How do we overcome fear and learn to love God? First, ask God for help! Then exchange fear for joyous loving contact of Him in meditation where all our fears and troubles vanish.

Paramahansa Yogananda’s chant, “Desire, My Great Enemy”, offers us an inspiring example of how to transmute our fears. First the devotee calls out to God in desperation (I’m familiar with this part!):

“What will be my fate?
Oh Lord, tell me.”

And the Lord responds:

 
 

“Pranayam be thy religion,
Pranayam will give thee salvation….
You won’t have to fear anything anymore.”

 

 

(See full lyric below)

 

 
 

Isn’t that inspiring? “You won’t have to fear anything anymore!” Meditate on that.

Rather than getting enmeshed with desires, attachments, and their consequent fears, the Masters are telling us, through this chant, to desire and become attached to God. In His joy our fears are exchanged for divine love and bliss.

When we learn to love God through inner communion instead of screaming in fear, we’ll be silently humming, unheard by any:

Night and Day in Thy joy, oh my Lord,
Night and Day in Thy joy, oh my Lord.

Joy to you!
Narayan

 
 

 
 

“Desire, My Great Enemy”

Desire, my great enemy,
With his soldiers surrounded me,
Is giving me lots of trouble, oh my Lord,
Is giving me lots of trouble, oh my Lord.
That enemy, I will deceive,
Remaining in the Castle of Peace,
Night and Day in Thy joy, oh my Lord,
Night and Day in Thy joy, oh my Lord.
What will be my fate?
Oh Lord, tell me.
Pranayam be thy religion,
Pranayam will give thee salvation,
Pranayam is the Wishing Tree,
Pranayam is the Wishing Tree.
Pranayam is Beloved God,
Pranayam is Creator Lord,
Pranayam is the Cosmic World,
Pranayam is the Cosmic World.
Control the little pranayam,
Become all-pervading pranayam,
You won’t have to fear anything anymore,
You won’t have to fear anything anymore.