Fear itself is an enemy

Most Americans have heard Franklin D. Roosevelt’s famous World War II proclamation: “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” But what is fear, or put more precisely, what is there to be afraid of? Interestingly, Maharaja Rahugana says to Jada Bharata, “My dear sir, I am not at all afraid of the thunderbolt of King Indra, nor am I afraid of the serpentine, piercing trident of Lord Siva. I do not care about the punishment of Yamaraja, the superintendent of death, nor am I afraid of fire, scorching sun, moon, wind, nor the weapons of Kuvera. Yet I am afraid of offending a brahmana. I am very much afraid of this.” (Srimad Bhagavatam 5.10.17)