Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka)

Worry and Fear

- Kasi Silva

Bhikkhu Dr. K. Sri Dhammanand­a of Malaysia in his book 'Why Worry?' refers to worries and fears which are quite natural to human life and that most persons blame others for their worries, while worries are a creation of ones own mind.

The Bhikkhu further states that, "Experience teaches us that a good deal of ill-health, both physical and mental, is due to worries. Medical science is definitely of the view that such diseases as diabetes, high blood pressure and gastric ulcer are aggravated, if not actually brought about, by states of anxiety, and indeed realise that your worries never solve your problems; instead ruin you physically and mentally and never help you in any respect for your benefit. Not only that, you create a very unhealthy atmosphere in your home, your office and in society. You are also responsibl­e for disturbing others in their peace and happiness."

"Of all adverse mental states, the most obviously unhealthy and potentiall­y dangerous one is prolonged worry. In the ultimate analy- sis there is only one answer. People worry because of thoughts of 'me 'and 'mine'. We yearn for security, for ourselves and for those we love, in a changing world that offers no permanent security. He who builds sand-castles on the beach is afraid of every wave. Whenever you have worries in your mind, don't show your sulky face to each and every person you come across. You can reveal your worries only to those who really could help you. How nice it would be if you could maintain your smiling face in spite of all difficulti­es confrontin­g you. All these unfortunat­e events happen due to lack of understand­ing of the real nature of life."

"Fear crumbles life, it debases the mind, it is a pessimisti­c out-look and it darkens the future. If man harbours any sort of fear, it percolates through all his thinking, damages his personalit­y, makes him landlord to a ghost. So great a hold has fear upon us that it has rightly been described as the archenemy of many. Fear has become with millions a fixed habit. The thought is everywhere. The thought is thrown upon us from every direction: to live in continued dread, continuing cringing, continual fear of devils, spooks and gods. To get our fear out into the open, and frankly face it is of primary importance. Fear comes to those who are not able to comprehend the laws of nature."

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