Show true bravery to the fearful person


bravery means courage and the willingness to put yourself in danger for something that is close to your heart. In ancient times, bravery was used to refer to soldiers and warriors in battle.

'The Hero' - an asana for courage and bravery
Mahatma Gandhi as a symbol of bravery, depicted on an Indian bank note (rupee)

Today the expression bravery is mostly only used for children: When toddlers lose their milk teeth, for example, when they are in pain or are sick and remain calm, one speaks of bravery.

In the context of yoga, the term is used less often and speaks more of courage or patience in the sense of perseverance. But bravery can also play a role in yoga: If you are committed to a good cause and encounter resistance and consciously address it, bravery can be very helpful. Fortunately, in some parts of the world you don't have to risk your life (anymore) to show bravery or to get involved in a good cause.

At the same time, there is also bravery in dealing with criticism and resistance. If, for example, you are confronted with negative feelings and the dark side of your psyche in meditation - and e.g. experience purification, resistance and obstacles - courage, perseverance and bravery are required.

What is bravery? Where does the word come from? What is bravery good for? What are synonyms and what are the opposite of bravery? Extensive article with lecture video and tips.

Bravery as a helpful virtue

From a lecture by Sukadev Bretz

Bravery is an important quality, an important virtue to cultivate. Bravery means tackling things even if you are afraid of them. Bravery means overcoming your shyness and fearfulness. However, only one can be really brave who has fear that can be overcome. He who is not afraid cannot be brave either. E.g. suppose there is a robot and it goes into a danger area - would it be called brave? No, he is not brave because he is not afraid.

Or we think of Starship Enterprise, there was a Lieutenant Commander Data and he was an android and at the beginning had neither courage nor bravery. He just did what had to be done and that was done according to a controlled program. His programs then evolved over time until he could think for himself. At some point he got an emotion chip and suddenly he was scared, which he didn't understand at all. Then he had to learn to overcome his fear and then he understood what bravery is.

In this sense - if you have fears - rejoice, then you can develop bravery. Assuming you are very shy, rejoice: you can develop bravery. Bravery is important. The interesting thing is also, bravery is something more than courage or boldness. Boldness flares up and then disappears again, courage is completely present in a situation. But the quality that is there long-term is bravery. Bravery lasts longer. Courage can leave you, bravery cannot leave you, bravery can be developed and bravery can be used.

How do you develop bravery? You develop bravery by first thinking: "What am I afraid of?" If you know what you are afraid of, then you can ask yourself, "Is the fear justified?" There is fear that is justified. "Is the fear a message from the subconscious to exercise caution and is it good to do that too?" For example, if you are afraid of being on a balcony with no demarcation on the tenth floor, then it is good if you feel fear and caution.

But suppose you are afraid of crossing a bridge - you can overcome that fear. Then it is important to have or develop bravery. And you can do that by going over the bridge over and over again and starting with a little bridge and with someone you trust, by taking deep breaths, etc. Or, assuming you're scared of a dog, make sure it bites ? Preferably the dog is on a leash and the owner keeps him on a leash so you can learn to be brave.

Or suppose you are very shy and shy when dealing with colleagues or when dealing with your boss. Then keep trying to talk to people and look at them. Or suppose you are too shy to speak up in a meeting, then make a conscious decision. Make it your business to develop bravery.

Bravery also means being able to endure something. Suppose your child (or yourself) is (are) at the dentist and pain has to be endured. Then you can say: "You (or I) have (have) been brave." So to be able to endure something is bravery. If it gets difficult, or you have physical pain, or people are trampling on your nerves, you can also use this as an opportunity to develop bravery. Be grateful for the people who challenge you, challenge you to practice bravery.

Now think for yourself, what do you want to do to get out of your fears? Where do you want to learn to be more courageous, to exercise bravery? And is there a difficult situation you are in that might lead to physical pain or permanent discomfort? It doesn't have to be permanent, but it does have to be long-lasting symptoms. Then also say to yourself: "This is there so that I develop spiritual strength by developing bravery."

Bravery in relation to other qualities

This Yoga Wiki describes over 1000 virtues and personality traits. Here are some explanations of how one can see the quality of bravery in relation to other skills and behaviors, as well as in relation to vice:

Traits similar to bravery

Properties similar to bravery, i.e. synonyms for bravery, are e.g. boldness, courage, courage, fearlessness, boldness.

Balancing properties

Any quality, any virtue that is exaggerated becomes a vice, a vice, an unhelpful quality. Exaggerating bravery can degenerate into daring, recklessness, recklessness, irrationality, negligence. Therefore, as an opposite pole, bravery needs the cultivation of caution, cautiousness, vigilance, empathy, care.

Opposite of bravery

There is an opposite to every property. Here are options for opposing bravery, antonyms for bravery:

  • Positive opposites of bravery, you could also call them the opposite poles: caution, cautiousness, vigilance, empathy, care
  • Negative opposites of bravery, i.e. vice, negative qualities, are e.g. cowardice, faint-heartedness, fear, fearfulness, discouragement, fickleness

Bravery in the context of virtue groups, personality factors and temperaments

Swami Sivananda on bravery

The Indian yogi, guru and yoga master Swami Sivananda writes about steadfastness in his book "How to cultivate virtues and eradicate vices". The English word for it is "fortitude". "Fortitude" means bravery, steadfastness. Here are the words of the master:

Bravery is the spiritual energy of patience. It is determination when faced with danger. It means strength, resilience or resistance. Bravery comes from the Latin word "fortitudo", from "fortis" - strong, powerful.

Bravery is the strength or constancy of the mind to patiently endure pain and adversity without grumbling, depression or despair or danger without hesitation, to face it with a cool head and courage. It is patience and constant bravery. Bravery is the strength to resist or to attack. Bravery is passive courage or calm courage, enduring courage.

It is the quality that not only enables one to endure suffering or stress, but also to constantly face dangers, to actively defend oneself against those against whom one does not have sufficient defense. It takes courage to charge a battery and bravery to stand still under the hail of bullets from the enemy. Determination comes from the mind. Endurance is partly physical. It takes determination to withstand temptation and perseverance to withstand hunger and thirst.

It takes active bravery when facing evil to overcome it. It includes determination or persistence and fearlessness or courage. Passive bravery is required when encountering evil and enduring it. For this you need patience, humility, humility, among other things bravery is a necessary virtue. It is a protection of every other virtue.

This is a world of pain, misery, suffering, danger, misfortune, privation, injury and illness. Everyone bears their share of pain and suffering. Cowards crouch under their burden, and men of valor carry it without complaint.

Whoever fights against the lower instincts and overcomes them, this person is adorned with the best virtue - bravery. Patience, courage, determination, heroism, good purpose, and presence of mind are the ingredients of bravery. Bravery will carry you through all dangers, adversities and misfortunes. Just as the oncoming waves are not stopped by a rock, you will not be disturbed by all the adversities of everyday life.

Reinforce your spirit with bravery, courage, and patience. You can then boldly overcome all the ailments of this earthly life; you can always remain calm and peaceful. You will not be embarrassed or dismayed in the hour of danger. In the days of unhappiness you will not sink into hopelessness and despair. Bravery will strengthen you and the steadfastness of your spirit will make you endure. You will carry victory and joy.

Prahlada, Sita, Damayanti, Nalayini, and Savitri were all embodiments of valor. Bravery is Dhriti. Bravery is the mental power of perseverance. Bravery emerges when one encounters danger. It means strength, resilience or passive negative aspects of an attack.

A person's birth is conditioned by their karma, a mixture of good and bad. Everyone will encounter danger, misfortune, misery, disaster, lack, pain, injury at a certain time in their life. Those who are endowed with bravery will calmly endure it with great presence of mind and get over it with a smile on their face.

Bravery is a sweet mysterious spiritual mix of courage, calm, patience, presence of mind, and perseverance. It is a virtue brought about by Sattva, the positive, uplifting principle of nature. It gives great spiritual power to the sadhakas who tread the path of truth and even to those who live in the world and tread the path of Pravritti.

The sadhaka who is not endowed with bravery abandons his sadhana in times of danger, want and illness. He faints, groans and loses courage. While bravery carries a person through all dangers, calamities, want and sickness. It was bravery that sustained Rama and Sita, Nala and Damayanti, Yudhishthira and his brothers during their lives in the forest when they were in great distress. Sri Harishchandra, Jesus Christ, Rana Pratap, Abdul Baba are examples of the heroes who were distinguished by immeasurable bravery.

Bravery is a friend in need. She is a caring mother. Bravery is a mental tonic and a panacea. It is like a protective shield and armor to protect against hunger, thirst, heat and cold. It is an infallible injection to instill inner strength in times of breakdown and heart failure. It is like a strong weapon to fight against difficult life situations and unfavorable circumstances.

The steadfast man is unchangeable in difficult times, like the Himalayas. He maintains the balance of his mind under all circumstances. He is not shaken by severe suffering. Just as a rock stands immutable on the seashore and is not moved by the stormy waves, so it stands immutable even in the midst of storms and in the vicissitudes of hideous samsara.

Just as the soldier protects his nose, eyes and other body parts from the fateful effects of explosive bombs with special inventions on the battlefield, so also the sadhaka and the wise protect themselves from the gases of worldly adversity through strength and emerge victorious.

But the timid, weak person with an insidious mind and little bravery, stumbles in the hour of danger, withdraws, becomes weak and plunges into sheer misery. He sinks into despair. He is confused and confused. He doesn't know what to do. It is like the reed that is shaken by even the smallest breath of air. He's losing presence of mind. Fear, discouragement, inability to overwhelm him. He is desperate to face failure and suffering. He succumbs and retreats in times of adversity and misfortune.

Gradually develop bravery and stand like Meru or Himava. Cultivate this virtue patiently over and over again. Bravery shows strength of character. Just like a man in high office whose authority is his strongest side, the family tree is a nobleman’s strong point. For a great leader, it is his status; for a rich person, money is his greatest strength. Likewise, the strength of a person with character is his bravery. It is she who holds him up. It stands for self-confidence and self-knowledge. Where there is bravery, discouragement and pessimism dare not approach. Stability is therefore the only true lasting strength because top office, birth, leadership position, money all pass away. Character, on the other hand, is enduring wealth and bravery is enduring strength.

May you all succeed in worldly life and gain knowledge of God through bravery.

Develop bravery

Bravery can be seen as a virtue, a positive quality. Maybe you want to let bravery grow stronger in you. Here are a few tips:

  • Make a resolution to cultivate this quality of valor for a week. You may not be able to cultivate all of the good qualities at once. But it is possible to make a virtue or quality strong in a week or a month.
  • Make up your mind, "During the next week, I want to grow the virtue, the quality of cultivating bravery, growing stronger. I look forward to being a braver person in a week."
  • Make a goal of doing at least one action each day that expresses bravery. Do something every day that you would not otherwise do but that expresses that virtue
  • When you wake up in the morning, say an affirmation such as, "I am developing bravery."
  • During the day, repeat an autosuggestion, affirmation such as: I am brave ".

Affirmations on the subject of bravery

Here are some affirmations for more bravery. Under the keywords "Affirmation" and "Miracle Affirmations" you can find out more about the function and effectiveness of affirmations.

Classic autosuggestion for bravery

Here is the classic autosuggestion:

In yoga, this is often combined with a mantra. Because a mantra makes the affirmation stronger:

  • I am brave Om Om Om.
  • I am a brave, a brave OM.

Developmental affirmation for bravery

Some people feel like hypocrites or hypocrites when they say "I am brave" - ​​and they are not at all. Then a development-related affirmation helps:

  • I develop bravery
  • I will be brave
  • I get braver every day
  • By the grace of God, I develop more bravery every day

Thank you affirmation for bravery

  • I thank you for getting braver every day.

Miracle affirmations bravery

You can also try the following affirmations:

  • So far I'm not very brave. And that is quite understandable, I have good reasons for it. But soon I will develop bravery. Every day this virtue will grow stronger in me.
  • I look forward to being very brave soon.
  • I am someone who is brave.

Prayer for bravery

Prayer is also a powerful means of cultivating a virtue. Here are a few ways to pray for bravery:

  • Dear God, please give me more bravery
  • Oh god i adore you I ask you that I will be a brave person
  • Dear Divine Mother, I thank you. I thank you for expressing the virtue of bravery more and more every day

What would I have to do to develop valor?

You can also ask yourself:

  • What would I have to do to develop valor?
  • How could I get brave?
  • Dear God, please show me the way to more bravery
  • Assuming I want to be brave, how would I do that?
  • Assuming I were brave, how would that make itself felt?
  • Assuming a miracle happened and I cultivated bravery tomorrow, what would have changed? How would i feel How would i think How would i act As a brave person, how would I react, communicate with others?

See also

Qualities in the alphabet before bravery

Characteristics in the alphabet according to bravery


Web links


Yoga teacher training

May 21, 2021 - May 28, 2021 - Yoga teacher training intensive course week 2 live online
Get trained as a yoga teacher in this online seminar. Week 2 of the 4-week yoga teacher training online. Prerequisite for participation: 1st week of yoga teacher training already completed. Al ...
May 23, 2021 - May 28, 2021 - Yoga teacher training intensive course week 1 live online
Here you will learn the basics of how to teach yoga and meditation to people as a yoga teacher. Week 1 of the 4-week yoga teacher training. You can book here if you are the yoga teacher ...

Indian writings

May 21, 2021 - May 30, 2021 - Yoga teacher training intensive C - Bhagavad Gita - Live Online
Bhagavad Gita, Karma Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Hatha Yoga, teaching techniques, meditation, Sanskrit. Bhagavad Gita: recitation, treatment and interpretation of this "highest wisdom teaching". ...
May 22, 2021 - May 29, 2021 - Special seminar Bhagavad Gita online
This seminar is part of an intensive training course for yoga teachers. You deal intensively with the Bhagavad Gita: recitation, treatment and interpretation of this "highest ...


Meditation on inner strength

Kshatryas lead with their exemplary courage - BG.XVIII43

Develop courage - overcome fears

Developing Courage and Willpower - Lecture

Develop courage, enthusiasm, curiosity and perseverance - Lecture

Breathing exercise for fear and panic

What is burnout?


Held - Yoga for courage and assertiveness to participate

Courage as an aspect of Sharavanabhava - lecture with Sukadev

With fear and uncertainty - relax and recharge your batteries with Hatha Yoga

Yoga class with chakra concentration (self-reflection)

Yoga class to get rid of addiction and dependence

Yoga breathing exercises for depression