yogananda

CHAPTER 7

Inner Peace: Antidote for Stress, Worry, and Fear

 Worry and Fear

Although life seems capricious, uncertain, and full of all kinds of troubles, still we are always under the guiding, loving protection of God.

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Don’t make a fuss about anything. Whenever you worry, remember, you are deepening the cosmic delusion within you.

{Man’s forgetfulness of his true omnipotent soul nature, and of its divine connection with God, is the cause of all his suffering and limitation. Yoga teaches that this oblivion or ignorance is caused by maya, or cosmic delusion.}

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Fear of failure or sickness I cultivated by turning over such thoughts in the conscious mind until they become rooted in the subconscious and finally in the superconscious. Then the superconsciously and subconsciously rooted fear begins to germinate an fill the conscious mind with fear plants that are not so easy to destroy as the original thought would have been, and these eventually bear their poisonous, death-dealing fruits…..

Uproot them from within by forceful concentration upon courage, and by shifting your consciousness to the absolute peace of God within.

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Whatever it is that you fear, take your mind away from it and leave it to God. Have faith in Him. Much suffering is due simply to worry. Why suffer now when the malady has not yet come? Since most of our ills come through fear, if you give up fear you will be free at once. The healing will be instant. Every night, before you sleep, affirm: “The Heavenly Father is with me; I am protected.” Mentally surround yourself with Spirit….You will feel His wonderful protection.

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When the consciousness is kept on God, you will have no fears; every obstacle will then be overcome by courage and faith.

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