Fear

Mulla Nasruddin was scheduled to die in a gas chamber. On the morning of the day of his execution he was asked by the warden if there was anything special he would like for breakfast.
”YES,” said Nasruddin, ”MUSHROOMS. I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN AFRAID TO EAT THEM FOR FEAR OF BEING POISONED.”

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Fear is the supreme most enemy of man. And amongst all types of fear, fear of death reigns supreme. But strange enough, at the time of death man may lose all the fear, including the fear of death. The fear of death comes from its uncertainty. When death is certain there is no fear. The truth is that death is inevitable, but still we live as if there is never going to be death. Every moment is dying, everything is changing. Each new change is bringing new dimension of life upfront. The person who fears this will be making one's life poisonous. One who does not fear change would not be afraid of even poison. Socrates and Meera in India have proved that when one is intoxicated by the nectar of That Supreme, one does not fear even the poison. One dies before dying, hence fear cannot stay around such a person.