Necessity of fearlessness is accepted by all. Man cannot do anything worthwhile
without fearlessness. It is necessary for the practice of non-violence and
all the other vows. One cannot gain true knowledge without fearlessness.
Cowards cannot have morality.
Fearlessness means freedom from all sorts of fear - fear of disease, injury
and death, of dispossession, of public criticism etc. fear is born out of
ignorance and attachment. One has really nothing in the world to fear about.
Fear stops man?s growth. One becomes fearless when one understands
the power of the soul, when one understands that life is one. Fearlessness
is conducive to self-respect and confidence. Violence implies fear. A fearless
man would therefore be non-violent.
Fearlessness also means that nobody should be afraid of us. We should give
love and receive love. This is possible when all fear is shed.
On his return to India, Gandhiji found India crippled by fear. Hence she
was slave. This vow was meant to change this situation.
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