Types of Fear – Per Jainism

We are always living in the shade of fear. Some fears are authentic whereas many fears are unreal and are nothing but different types of phobias. However, it is fair to say that it would be hard to find anyone who is free from fear.

Per “Digambara” there are 7 types:

1.  The fear of this world,

2.  Fear of the next world (life after death),

3.  Fear of living without someone’s protection,

4.  Fear of living without shelter,

5.  Death,

6.  Pain

7.  And accidents.

Per “Swethambar” 7 types:

1.  Fear of this world,

2.  Fear of the next life,

3.  Fear of shortage of food.

4.  Fear of accident,

5.  Fear of loss of earning for one’s livelihood,

6.  Fear of death,

7.  Fear of disgrace

The following fears are enumerated in the “Bhaya-hara Stotra”.

1.  Disease including leprosy

2.  Fear of sea storm

3.  Fear of fire

4.  Fear of snakes

5.  Thieves and robbers

6.  Fear of lions

7.  Fear of elephants

8.  Fear of wars (loosing)

In the “Bhaktämara Stotra”, the following eight fears have been mentioned:

1.  Fear of elephants

2.  Fear of lions

3.  Fear of fire

4.  Fear of snakes

5.  Fear of war

6.  Fear of water (traveling by boat)

7.  Fear of diseases

8.  Fear of imprisonment