Observe the wonder of wonders
The outer space or unknown beyond
The planets, constellation of stars in the Milky Way
Their most disciplined working
Compels us to ponder
How everything just works wonder?
Some stars die of ageing
And wither away by burning
Others take birth on daily basis
In sync our Lord’s mere wish!
The centre of gravity
Of each planet works brilliantly
By keeping its flock in tact
Within its orbit
Gives us humans
Sufficient proof about
How His will runs supreme – so disciplined.
Yet humans with inflated ego
Like an overblown balloon
Continue the policy of subjugating
With false pretense so nauseating
That everything around them is taking place
Due to prowess of theirs
Which though is an indiscipline of highest order.
Self discipline helps us to shun and throw away
The vices which come in our way
These vices are the viruses like greed, anger & lust
Producing delusion – a state deficit in trust
And make us hollow physically as well spiritually
Rather than intoxication by drugs with effect so transitory
We could’ve this so eternally
By following a self regulated existence
Realizing the innate potentiality that exists
In us all with His grace.
WHY SELF DISCIPLINE IS NECESSARY FOR US?
Discipline in the Outer Space and Natural Phenomenon. There is a perfect discipline in the working of the Sun, the Moon including all the heavenly bodies. If there were no discipline, then, there would have been accidents in the universe between the revolving heavenly bodies resulting in sheer disorder and chaos in their working. This will also have adverse impact on the working of other planets. Then we have all the constituents of Mother Nature which work in perfect discipline. Various seasons follow the perfect system and discipline.
Discipline in Animals and Birds. There is discipline in animals; the sheep walks in its herd, even the ants follow discipline in their lives. How the herd of buffaloes or elephants in the jungles save their young ones or olds from the dangers are the example for us humans to emulate. Even it is true of birds.
If there is a discipline in the working of all the animate or inanimate things then why not in humans who have been assigned the power of discrimination by our Lord? Discipline hardly means that it is to be forced down our throats. It is not to be enforced through unreasonable coercion. It should come through self realization or self imposed discipline. Doubts are always there due to one reason or another but the one who surmounts the coming doubts with resolute will power and belief in our Lord comes out safe and sound.
Discipline and Spiritual awakening. God dwells in us but the evil forces like greed, anger, lust limit our reach to Him. Then continuous use of intoxicants and over indulgence in sex and drugs even make us slave to these bad habits thus shutting the doors of our spiritual journey and thus eternal happiness in our lives. The inhibiting forces create all sorts of negative traits in us; hate in place of love, selfishness in place of selflessness, resentment place of cooperation, coldness in place of compassion. We should not become slave to bad habits lest these become impediment to not only this birth or the future ones too. By so doing, we become subservient to our senses i.e. we become excessively body conscious. All these bad habits could be eliminated by self effort and proper discipline. For this, self restraint is the best course. Whenever satanic forces in us prod us for resorting to unethical acts, it should be stopped by our internal mechanism of resolute willpower. Here disciplining ourselves is a must.
Imbibing the discipline of Armed Forces in our lives too. While talking about discipline, it is worthwhile to know how our armed forces work. They follow a set of code of conduct threadbare. Loyalties, sense of fellowship besides integrity to the country concerned are the principles on which these men in uniform function. Armed force personnel are the torchbearers of discipline.
Disciplined Citizens are the future of a country. Even in political and social life of a country, discipline plays an important role. A country whose workforce are apathetic and tardy, backwardness in outlook, narrow-minded, indifferent to work, where workers only care for their rights and conveniently shirk from their responsibilities that country cannot progress and is doomed to go down. In this sort of a society women do not feel safe even in public places because of non-cooperative attitude of the law enforcement agencies.
A country whose people are progressive in words and deeds, where discipline prevails in all walks of life, where people impose self-discipline through self-restraint and perform, shoulder their responsibilities with dedication and with a spirit of accommodation take their country to the path of prosperity.
Self-discipline is a must. We’ve to have self-discipline, while doing any action, we can introspect, whether our action impinges on somebody else rights or not. Occasionally, we see that unruly mob resort to violence for getting their grievances redressed. So much so is the extent of their violence that they burn the factories which is the source of their sustenance! It amounts to burning the same boat which carries them to the shore? As we think so we become is the best example.
Disciplining the Mind. It has been well said, you are what you think yourself to be. If we doubt on every pretext then results will also be doubtful. When we doubt, we stop thinking rationally and reasonably. This skepticism arises when we think that everything that is happening is due to us rather than we being a mere instrument of a change – nothing more.
Discipline in our day-to-day actions. A disciplined person gets knowledge in every Karmic deed. Deed for that person is not a burden but a disciplined journey ahead with a total control of mind for the fructification of a work at hand. Contrarily, a person who does not control his mind and senses need no enemy. The mind itself becomes the enemy of that person. When we are doing our obligatory duties by reining in our senses then that action/duty yields wholesome dividends; we need not worry about the results when our actions are sincere and honorable. Important aspect of self disciplining or self-restraint too includes; being careful lest we resort to anger, greed and lust – the three enemies of humanity.
Discipline should start from home itself. The child should be disciplined from home itself. Congenial atmosphere ought to be created at home for imbibing right traits and values in the children. For this to happen, the parents themselves have to be more disciplined and set an example for the children to follow. If quality time is given to the child that child will grow up to be obedient and disciplined citizen, obeying all the rules and regulations in school and then working in accordance with norms of the society.
Indisciplined parents bring up indisciplined children has been proved. Broken homes are responsible for bringing about untold indiscipline in their children. These children grow to be aggressive and hard to discipline later on – creating chaos in the society in which they live.
Discipline and fear. We remain fearing from every conceivable happening – fear of losing somebody near to us, fear of some undesirable unfortunate incident, fear of losing our hard earned possessions, ageing besides our fear whether somebody will bestow us care and protection at our oldage, fear of consequences of sins committed by us during lifetime also remain clouding our thoughts.. Now fearing death will not take us anywhere. It is certain and cannot be wished away. It is thus a natural truth that whoever is born here on this earth will have to die so we’ve to discipline ourselves to accept the real things in life. Rather than fearing, we should try facing these and live peacefully – keeping our faith on God and surrendering to His will at all times. This is the only answer to our unfounded fears. Accepting with open hands whatsoever comes and not to be passive spectator but action oriented – being the disciplined human being.
In sum, it could be said that although discipline is hard to implement but is essential for forward march of the society. It is followed by casting aside all the passivity and baggage of dullness prevailing in our system and bringing in its wake God oriented freshness and spirit. It is thus important that we maintain discipline for living in harmony with our fellow beings in the spirit of give and take. With the grace of God more synergy and help galvanize ourselves for tangible results as a perfect human being.
In Bhagwad Gita it has been said: The power of God is with you at all times; through the activities of mind, senses, breathing, and emotions; and is constantly doing all the work using you as a mere instrument.