Human beings are ruled and guided all through life, by two chief emotions, namely love and fear. All the positive emotions and qualities arise out of love—kindness, gratitude, altruism, forgiveness, sympathy, empathy, compassion, honesty and sincerity. All the negative emotions and qualities are an offshoot of fear—hatred, anger, worry, anxiety, stress, guilt, jealousy, lust, greed, frustrations, sorrow and depression.
Fear is natural, because this Universe is so vast, so unpredictable and so much beyond our understanding. When we don’t understand something, when we can’t control something, when we don’t know how the next moment, next hour or day will turn out, fear is natural.
Hence, don’t label fear as unnatural. It is the most natural emotion that exists, not because of us, but because of the situation we find ourselves, after taking birth on this planet. When so many factors are beyond our control, fear is bound to be there, for the human being is most concerned about his or her self-preservation, safety and security, and these are not guaranteed in life.
While fear is natural, it is equally true that fear prevents us from living a good, fruitful, happy life. Fear is the enemy of happiness. If there is fear in your heart, no occasion or event can bring happiness, for the fear in your heart will easily cover that happiness, like an eclipse.