IMPORTANCE OF DISCIPLINE IN OUR LIFE.
In Bible, it has been said: For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.
Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates reproof is stupid.
In Holy Quran it has been said: …do not give preference (to your own words and deeds) above those of Allah and His Messenger (the Prophet Muhammad, blessings of Allah be upon him and his progeny).
Bhagwan Sri Krishna Said about Self Discipline : Meditation Yoga.
One who does his prescribed work without any desire for its fruits is a sanyasin, he is a yogi.By not lighting the sacred fire and by not performing any work one does not become a yogi.
DISCIPLINE IN OUR LIFE
DISCIPLINE IS FOLLOWING DO’S AND DON’TS IN DAILY ROUTINES
WITH ETHICAL, MORAL AND RATIONAL STANDPOINTS
ITS MAIN AIM IS TO IMPROVE OURSELVES
THROUGH PERSISTENT TRAINING AND CONTINUOUS PRACTICE
WHILE LEARNING A SKILL BEING TAKEN IN HAND
A STRICT REGIMEN OF SET RULES AND REGULATIONS ARE NEEDED
SO THAT WORK TO BE ACCOMPLISHED IS SUCCESSFULLY FRUCTIFIED
FOR THAT ORDERLINESS IS WOEFULLY NEEDED
NOT MERELY IN THE LIVES OF AN INDIVIDUAL IN PARTICULAR
BUT ALSO IN THE SOCIETY IN GENERAL
FOR PREVENTING CHAOS AND CONFUSION IN THE SOCIETY
BECAUSE THE RULES AND NORMS ARE MADE CHIEFLY
TO BE FOLLOWED WITH A SPIRIT OF BRINGING ORDER IN THE SOCIETY.
THOSE WHO FAIL TO OBEY IN EARNEST
THE SET RULES ARE HANDED OUT PUNISHMENTS
ACCORDING TO THE SEVERITY OF breach OF DISCIPLINE.
DISCIPLES IN GURUKULS OF ANCIENT INDIA
USED TO ASSIDUOUSLY FOLLOW THE RULES OF HERMITAGE
INFRINGEMENT OF WHICH ENTAILED HEAVY CHASTISEMENT.
DISCIPLINE AND DISCIPLE ARE INTERCONNECTED IN EVERY WAY
DISCIPLES FOLLOWED DISCIPLINE, SO DEVISED
FOR ENSURING ORDERLY CONDUCT OF TRAINING AND PREACHING, SO REQUIRED.
EVEN MOTHER NATURE FOLLOWS SET RULES
AND IF THOSE RULES ARE BROKEN BY ANY LIVING BEINGS
SHE IS UNSPARING IN ITS retribution
IN THE FORM OF EARTHQUAKE, tsunami, ST0RMS WITHOUT ANY DISCRIMINATION.
THE ROOT AND MEANINGS OF DISCIPLINE
The root word for discipline is discipulus or disciple (a Latin word) – a follower who works in conformity within the ambit of certain set rules and regulations/conventions in order to disciplining the individuals. Those who do not obey the rules and regulations are punished or penalized according to the crime committed. Alternatively, the person concerned may be pardoned, if later on he is found not to have broken rules.
In our life, we’re constrained to perform some vocation or evocation in order to eke out a living according to our professional knowledge or skill, attained through training, activity, following some rules or conventions. Nothing tangible could be achieved without any modicum of discipline.
Even persons with huge reservoir of knowledge have to act in a disciplined manner lest they use their know-how in a fit of egocentric bent of mind which may prove as an exercise in futility.
HUMANS AND DISCIPLINE
Amongst all the God’s creations, humans are bestowed with power of discrimination. All other living beings, animals and birds do not observe proper system and way of life to meet different contingencies. Proper norm of behaviour is a must for living a purposeful life. This calls for high sense of discipline and order. For optimum result, some system is required. The rules of proper behaviour and living righteously are needed. The birth and death continues if we have karmic debt.
DISCIPLINE IN OUR DOMESTIC LIFE
A set of self imposed rules are to be maintained in the family so that the value system is inculcated in the offspring. It is also the responsibility of the elders in the family to transfer traditional modes of behaviour. This ought to be done in disciplined manner so as to establish virtuous behaviour in the children. I happened to come across a couple along with their two children, a girl and a boy, sudying in 2nd and 1st standards. I observed both he parents and their children during my train journey from Jammu to Delhi. I felt a nice mix of the best inculcation of value system enmeshed in very good personal behaviour by the children, observation of personal hygiene including keeping their place neat and tidy, clarity and sweetness in language spoken not merely with their parents but also with us etc. And to top it all, whenever the children went astray, they were given chance to mend and that too by giving easy to follow examples. A high degree of disciple in the children was obviously is essentially the direct result of good value system which the parents had imbibed from their respective parents. Hats off to these disciplined parents. An epitome of discipline indeed!
DISCIPLINE IN ARMED FORCES
A soldier has to undergo different courses in order to toughen himself physically, mentally and emotionally for the purpose of making him a disciplined military professional. This professionalism is attained by undergoing different weapon training and then prove his worth when that training, so undergone, is tested under various conditions which determines his expertise. All this is not an easy task as we imagine. A strict discipline of body (proper diet, proper drill or exercise or Yogic posture regime to make him agile and active), then in order to accept any challenge to work under duress one has to psychologically and mentally harden oneself.
An excellent disciplined soldier obeys the order of his superiors without qualm or asking question. Also, whenever there is a whiff of indiscipline in the armed forces, due punishment and corrective measures are initiated for infusing discipline in the services. Thus rigors of training helps make them as a disciplined personnel.
DISCIPLINE STRENGTHENS ACTIONS AND RESULTS THEREOF
With discipline, we can create appropriate situations and conditions with proper but disciplined thinking and action thereof and bring about results we want; of course with God’s grace. While enforcing discipline, we should take care that it is not excessively imposed. It could prove counterproductive – it could destroy creativity, freedom of action and expression besides living a life full of joy.
DISCIPLINE MEANS CONDUCTING ONESELF WITHIN THE CONFINES OF RULES OF LIVING
Discipline is observance of proper rules of conduct, behavour and in order by proper training and self regulation. For this to be reality, we have to do everything possible to be a true disciple first and observe the rules most carefully. While observing the rules of conduct and order, we should not disregard creativity, zeal and jest while being discipline.
RELIGION AND DISCIPLINE
In the olden times, kings and prominent personages used to send their wards to hermitages or Gurukuls as disciples to variou sages / gurus for acquiring knowledge, learning various skills (both in weaponry and old religious texts, Vedic studies etc) and disciplining them according to the capabilities and picking level of the disciple under the expert direction of a Guru. Meaning disciple (learner) and discipline (imparted by Guru) are closely linked.
In religions, when different voices are being heard, god sends his messenger to bring about modicum of order and spread the message of wisdom. It could be said that if there is no discipline, even the religious teachings and preaching will lose their substance or relevance. In religious prayers and meditations, we have to observe some discipline so as to ensure connectivity with god and remove ignorance. All the karmic deeds or misdeeds essentially are basically due to our thoughts. All the jobs we have to transact in a disciplined manner for optimum results.
Every religion has its own code of conduct in following the practice of connectivity with our creator. But one thing is sure, all follow stringent discipline in prayer and meditation etc. There are some religions in which there is practice of self-mortification or self-degradation as an device to punish oneself for forgiveness for resorting to some unethical behaviour.
DISCIPLINE IN FORMAL INSTITUIONSIn order to make studies or learning a beneficial exercise to attain knowledge in the stream one wants to study, it is paramount that a proper and disciplined methodology is followed . Lopsided and unorganized studies or in haphazard learning process will not bring us much dividends. There is also the instrument of reward and punishment in schools for those who do not studies as per rules.
DISCIPLINE AT WORK PLACE
The organizations work, in a disciplined manner, under laid down rules and conventions. Anybody breaking these rules is punished in accordance with the degree of transgression. This is also with an intention of bringing in better work culture. True management and discipline are interrelated. Former cannot achieve much without the active assistance of latter.
DISCIPLINE WHILE GETTING RID OF BASE HABITS
Sometimes we are lured into bad habits such as smoking, drinking, gambling, and other bad habits leading to adversely affecting our health and wellbeing. We have to have maintain constant restrain so as to curb these habits and ultimately leave them for good. This is easily said than done but if strict discipline is exercised there is nothing which cannot be left.
• For cultivating proper attitude, we have to discipline ourselves
• In order to ensure that our mind works in sync with proper order, we have to observe some norms and regulations.
• Discipline in good conduct for maintaining of our character which is important for us all
• Excessive discipline leads to anarchy. In the past we have the example of people turning any people.
• Too much of discipline is enemy of creativity, humour and in turn creates extreme pride and ego in the individual which is obviously very harmful both for the individual and the society.