by Keshava Betts
“Every day is a fresh opportunity on the part of the human ego to gather more and more exploits of heroism. Meet everybody and every circumstance on the battlefield of life with the courage of a hero and the smile of a conqueror.”
– Paramhansa Yogananda
Someone asked me yesterday, “What do you think is the greatest thing you’ve gotten from meditation?” The first part of my response didn’t surprise me. I thought, “It’s brought me closer to my guru,” but what I didn’t expect was the thought that followed immediately after: “And He has given me courage.”
Since last night, at the announcement of Donald Trump as America’s new president I’ve been seeing a lot of fear in the people around me. Both on social media, and in person. People say they are afraid for our country, afraid for the world, afraid for the future, and afraid for their children. But why are we afraid? Yes, the realities we fear might come to reality, but as Yogananda said, circumstances are neutral, it is how we react to them that makes them good or bad.
In this world of duality, fear is a crippling enemy. Yogananda said, “Fear robs man of the indomitability of his soul.” How important it is then for us to never succumb to fear! Rather, let us boldly confront our difficulties with ever increasing courage. Sri Yukteswar said, “Look fear in the face and it will cease to trouble you,” so let us look fear in the face, with the courage of a hero and the smile of a conqueror.