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Krishna Consciousness and Fear

Question: 
Can Krishna consciousness help one overcome nervousness and fear?



Our Answer:

Fear and nervousness come from not knowing the future, or having concerns about the outcome of something in the future. Because a devotee is aware that Krishna is in charge of everything, and that not a blade of grass moves without His sanction, it follows that a devotee isn't afraid or nervous. As one advances in Krishna Consciousness and becomes more aware of Krishna's loving hand in life it is possible to relax and have true peace.

Srila Prabhupada refers to one particular verse in Bhagavad-gita as the "Peace Formula":

"A person in full consciousness of Me, knowing Me to be the ultimate beneficiary of all sacrifices and austerities, the Supreme Lord of all planets and demigods, and the benefactor and well-wisher of all living entities, attains peace from the pangs of material miseries."(Bhagavad-gita, 5.29)

In his commentary, Srila Prabhupada explains that once a person is aware that Krishna is his loving and well-wishing friend, and has a loving relationship with Him, then there is truly peace, i.e. freedom from anxiety and fear.

Throughout our lives we try to control everything so it will come out "OK" and we will find what we want in the material world that we need to become happy. However, this is a false hope because 1) we are unable to control anything, and 2) our ultimate happiness doesn't come from anything material. It comes from a loving relationship with Krishna!

If one cultivates that relationship, and develops strong faith that everything that happens is exactly what Lord Krishna wants to happen, then one can stop trying to control everything and relax. A child under the protection of his parents can feel calm and safe, and so the devotee, when under the protection of the Lord, feels calm and safe.