Question: You say that if fear is our problem we should feel that we are God's chosen children. Do you mean that we are chosen by God to experience fear?Sri Chinmoy: Fear is a negative force, a destructive force, and we are the soldiers of God who will fight against it. Fear comes from darkness, from ignorance. If we enter into a room which is pitch dark, we will be frightened. But as soon as we turn on the light, the darkness is illumined and our fear vanishes. We see that there is nothing to fear in the darkness and that there is nothing to fear in the light either.
Sri Chinmoy, Beyond Within — A collection of writings 1964-1974, Agni Press, 1975