The Meaning of Abhaya

 

abhaya thirsty in LA flickr The Meaning of Abhaya

The Meaning of Abhaya

 

A Sanskrit word meaning fearless, or no-fear rich in the Hindu and Buddhist philosophy and culture. Symbolized by the mudra (hand gesture) made with the right hand raised to shoulder height, the arm bent and the palm facing outward with the fingers together and upright.

One of the cardinal virtues highlight by The Bhagavad Gita, as Krishna says to Arjuna "Be fearless and pure; never waver in your determination or your dedication to the spiritual life. Give freely. Be self-controlled, sincere, truthful, loving, and full of the desire to serve. Realize the truth of the scriptures; learn to be detached and to take joy in renunciation. Do not get angry or harm any living creature, but be compassionate and gentle; show good will to all. Cultivate vigor, patience, will, purity; avoid malice and pride. Then, Arjuna, you will achieve your divine destiny".

Fear is the greatest resistance in ones life showing no discrimination from one moment to the next. No matter how much you desire an outcome if you have fear towards the journey, the outcome, or anything in between you are almost sure not to achieve it. 

A state of fear even has great potential to lead you down a path that you never imagined… a place stagnant, void of love!

Where there is fear there is no love, and where there is love there is no fear. So be fearless in all action, in every moment!

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