Wisdom comes through suffering and acceptance
If there is fear and you start doing something about it, then a new fear enters: fear of fear. It becomes more complex. So if fear is there, accept it, because anything you do out of fear will create more fear and confusion. Acceptance dissolves; only acceptance, nothing else. If you fight, you create another disturbance and this can go on ad infinitum. If you have one problem, don’t create another. What will happen if you accept fear? Suddenly you will feel it has disappeared. And this is the inner alchemy — a problem disappears if you accept it, and a problem grows more and more complex if you create any conflict with it. Yes, suffering is there, and suddenly fear comes — accepts it. Don’t think that I am talking about pessimism to you.
I am giving you the key to solve it. Darkness is beautiful if the dawn is at hand; darkness is dangerous if it is endless, leads to no dawn, simply continues and you go on moving in a vicious circle. Just to escape from one suffering you create another; then to escape from another, another. And this goes on and all those sufferings which you have not lived yet, are waiting for you. You have escaped, but you escape from one suffering to another, because a mind creating a suffering will create another. So you can escape from this suffering to that, but suffering will be there because your mind is the creative force. Accept the suffering and pass through it; don’t escape. This is a totally different dimension to work in. Suffering is there: encounter it; go through it. You will tremble, so tremble.
Everyone is a ‘coward’. People you call brave — deep down, they are as afraid as anyone else, rather, more so because just to hide their fear they have created an aura of bravery around them. How can man be brave — because death is there. Man is just a leaf in the wind. How can the leaf not tremble? When the wind blows, the leaf will tremble. But you never say to the leaf, “You are a coward.”You only say that the leaf is alive. So when you tremble and fear takes grip of you, you are a leaf in the wind.
If a child is afraid of the dark, we say, ‘Don’t be afraid, be brave.’ Why? The child is innocent — naturally he feels fear in the dark. You force him: Be brave. So he also forces, then he becomes tense. His whole being is ready to tremble and he suppresses it. It was good to tremble in the darkness, nothing was wrong. It was good to cry and run, nothing was wrong. The child would have come out of darkness more experienced, more knowing. Wisdom comes through suffering and acceptance. Whatsoever the case, be at ease with it.
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