चिन्ता चिता समायुक्त: बिन्दुमात्रेण विशेशत: ।
सजीव दहते चिन्ता निर्जीवदहते चिता ॥
Worry and the funeral pyre are linked together, but with a slight difference.
Worry burns the living person. The funeral pyre burns the dead body.
Udyoga Parva Chapter of Vyasa’s Mahabharata
Worry (Chinta) is one of the most harmful activities of the mind. It is the root of negative emotions, bad judgments, and failure to act in a meaningful matter. It destroys self-confidence, decisiveness and determination. It removes peace, contentment and calm. Worry has no clear positive results, but many disturbing complications. It breeds fear, suspicion, doubt and distrust, including of ourselves, not just of others.
Worry consumes our minds like a fire, preventing us from creative mental activity, getting us buried in the mental ashes of our own making. Worry makes us reactive, rather than responsive, looking backward rather than forward in life.
Worry can create a state of intractable inertia, which weakens our prana, both physically, resulting in disease, indigestion, weak immunity and difficulty sleeping. It reduces our longevity and upsets or physical and mental equilibrium.
Worry destroys relationship and communication. Whoever or whatever we see with the eyes of worry becomes something else to worry about, until the mind has no space to be free or happy, or have anything to share with anybody.
A person addicted to worry is always looking down with suspicion and never looking upward with energy and conviction. Naturally they only see what is possible at the bottom, not what the heights reveal.
Vedic Counseling on How to Overcome Worry
How do we get rid of worry? Here Vedic knowledge has many insights to offer us. The antidote to the worrying mind is the meditative mind, which cultivates silence, peace and contentment. We should meditate on what we wish to develop for the good of all, rather than worry about failing.
We must not allow the worrying habit to take control of the mind in the first place. We must respond to dangers and difficulties with positive awareness and action in the present, not imagining our eventual doom. We must cultivate fearlessness, compassion and determination to face the challenges of life that are there for all of us. A meditative mind has no place for worry.
You can give up worry whenever you want to. Just be willing to let it go by creating space and light in your mind. Remember that your true Self is beyond body and mind, birth, death and sorrow. Remember that we live in a blissful bountiful universe. It is beneath your dignity as a conscious being to be trapped in your own worries or those of the world. Instead let your inner light shine! Then worries like shadows will disappear.