Why is fearlessness a Godly quality?

We can easily understand that truthfulness, mercifulness, kindness and cleanliness are Godly qualities, but is fearlessness also a quality that a person who is striving for perfection should try to achieve?  Actually if a person is not fearless, he/she doesn’t really believe in God.  What should we be afraid of if we understand that we are eternal consciousness and that our bodies are just vehicles that are dead in absence of the consciousness (soul).  In the Bhagavad-Gita, the Song of God that was spoken 5000 years ago when God was present on Earth, God gave the following lists of divine and demonic qualities:

The Blessed Lord said: Fearlessness, purification of one’s existence, cultivation of spiritual knowledge, charity, self-control, performance of sacrifice, study of the Vedas, austerity and simplicity; nonviolence, truthfulness, freedom from anger; renunciation, tranquility, aversion to faultfinding, compassion and freedom from covetousness; gentleness, modesty and steady determination; vigor, forgiveness, fortitude, cleanliness, freedom from envy and the passion for honor–these transcendental qualities, O son of Bharata, belong to godly men endowed with divine nature.

Arrogance, pride, anger, conceit, harshness and ignorance–these qualities belong to those of demoniac nature, O son of Prtha.

I’ve noticed that people  who are honest with themselves do automatically know which qualities are “good” and which are “bad”.  For myself, I’ve had a challenge to develop the quality of fearlessness, but find having that quality to be a worthy goal.


~ by Anuttama on July 26, 2010.

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