"Be anchored in fearlessness. What is worldly life but fear!
When you live in the grip of fear, must you not be afraid? It is futile to expect fearlessness there. That you may be delivered from all sorrow you should endeavour to let God be your one and only support."
Sri Anandamayi Ma in Matri Vani
Devotee: If one realised the Self and acted up to it in the West, one would be locked up in a lunatic asylum.
Maharshi: You will be locking yourself in. Because the world is mad, it considers you mad. Where is the lunatic asylum if it is not within. You will not be in it, but it will be in you. Uncertainties, doubts and fears are natural to everyone until the Self is realised. They are inseparable from the ego, rather they are the ego. Sri Ramana Maharshi in Talks #612
"Look, in order to pluck a rose one has to put one’s hand into the midst of thorns. But if the rose is a person’s aim and he has a keen desire to pluck it, he will not refrain from doing so for fear of being pricked.
Moreover, the Great Mother arranges whatever is necessary for each one. She certainly knows the real need of every individual.
If one has at least this much faith, there is no reason at all to feel fear and distress... Sustain the flow of God’s Name and no fear of any kind can exist is His Presence." Sri Anandamayi Ma
Love of God Annihilates Fear