Otherwise people go on fighting with the ego - and the ego is not a real problem. So you are fighting with a symptom, not with the real disease. The real disease is fear. You can go on fighting with the ego and you will go on missing the target because the ego is not the real enemy, it is bogus. Even if you win, you will not win anything. And you cannot win. Only a real enemy can be defeated - not a false enemy that does not exist at all; it is a facade. It is as if you have a wound and it looks ugly and you put some ornament on it.
There is fear, but nobody wants to show his fear, because if you show that you are afraid many people will be there who will make you more afraid. Once they come to know that you are in deep fear, then everybody will hit you hard. They will enjoy humiliating you, finding that someone is weaker. People enjoy exploiting; to kick that person.
So every person who is afraid, deep down creates a big ego around the fear and goes on pumping more air in that balloon of the ego and becomes too big. Adolf Hitler, Idi Amin of Uganda - that type of person becomes very puffed. Then he starts making others afraid. Anybody who tries to make anybody afraid, know well that he must himself be deep down afraid, otherwise why? What is the point? Who bothers to make you afraid if he is not afraid?
People full of fear make others afraid so they can rest at ease. They know well that now you will not touch them, you will not trespass their boundaries.
You looked well...that is exactly the case. So don't fight with the ego. Rather watch fear and try to accept it. It is natural...it is part of life. There is no need to hide it; there is no need to pretend otherwise. It is there - all human beings are full of fear. It is part of humanity. Accept it, and the moment you accept it the ego will disappear, because then there is no point for the ego to be there. Fighting with the ego will not help; accepting the fear will immediately help. Then you know that yes, we are so tiny in such a vast universe - how is it possible not to be afraid? And life is surrounded by death - how is it possible not to be afraid? Any moment we can disappear...a small thing goes wrong and we disappear - so how is it possible not to be afraid? When you accept, by and by fear disappears because now there is no point. You accept it, you have taken it for granted - it is so!
So don't create something against it to hide it, and when you don't create anything against it, it simply subsides. I'm not saying you will not have any fear - I am saying that you will not be afraid. Fear will be there but you will not be afraid. You follow me? To be afraid means that you are against fear - you don't want it to be there, and it is there.
When you accept it...Just as trees are green, humanity is full of fear. Then what to do? Trees are not hiding. Everybody is prone to die. Fear is the shadow of death. Accept it!”
What fogs a clear heart are strong emotions of any sort. Whether intense anger, strong infatuation, overwhelming grief or unbelievable ecstasy, powerful waves of emotion temporarily distort the clarity of the heart and interrupt our ability to love ourselves or others.
This isn’t to suggest that we must attempt to block or distance ourselves from our emotions. Not at all. In fact, blocked emotions close and clog the heart and shut it down altogether. No, it’s important to feel all of our emotions fully and completely and to recognise them for the messengers they are, informing us about the experiences of our lives. It’s just that we need to recognise that our emotions are like the weather: They come and - ideally, if unblocked - they go. We learn from them but shouldn’t act on them. It’s best to wait until their intensity passes, then choose our actions.”