About Faith and Fear
One of the most important lessons that I learned from Mahabharata was 30 decades ago.
But only recently, I was able to fully comprehend and understand it completely with my whole being and apply this lesson in my own life.
Here is a story of what had happened at the King’s Drisharatha’s court when Draupadi, was going to be humiliated and undressed by Prince Dushasana upon the order of his older brother Prince Duryodhana. Her five heroic husbands – Pandavas were completely helpless, the Great Patriarch Bhishma didn’t stand up for her, neither did Guru Drona. When her faith in all of them was lost, she completely surrendered her troubles and fears to Krishna and asked him for help! Then, miraculously her sari became endless and no matter how hard Dushasana tried, he eventually got tired and fell. Meanwhile, the sudden high wind in the court took all the clothes off from each man of the king’s court (including the king himself).
Draupadi was spared from humiliation with the help of Krishna.
So, the lesson from this particular part of the epic story is: when we’re facing the trouble, and all else failed to fix it, and our fear grows stronger and stronger because we cannot find a way out of this troublesome situation, the only choice is left – to completely and totally surrender to a God/Goddess/Great Spirit/Great Divine/Universe. (How you call Him/Her depends on your particular spiritual/religious tradition – in Mahabharata His name is Krishna).
By “surrender,” I DO NOT mean “give up”!
The bottom line is: when everything else fails and when you feel that you are being consumed by your fear, place your conscious attention to the place in your body where your fear is located (mine is usually in the upper chest area). Keep your consciousness in that particular location. Do your best not to judge situations, and specifically stop predicting the possible outcome! Just simply BE in that place of the fear and silently or by whispering, surrender your trouble to whoever divine being you believe in and have a personal relationship with and sincerely asked his/her help.
Just surrender this troublesome situation like Draupadi of Mahabharata did.
by Rita Digilova, June 2017 for LaPulia Studio