Discipline can be explained as training which will develop ones moral character and helps to produce a particular type of behavior. Training which helps the individual to correct, improve the overall conditions, moral character with the change in behavioral pattern of the individual.
Discipline is an essential part of our life. In fact without discipline in our life we cannot work smoothly. Parents, elders of the family and the teachers are the first persons to introduce the sense of discipline to the children. Discipline must be learnt from the early stages of our life. Discipline ensures the smooth flow of life with out putting hindrance to the individual’s liberty. Discipline teaches us to be systematic towards achieving our goal of life. It helps us to achieve our ambitions.
Our social structure will fall apart without the discipline in our social life. A society without the proper discipline encourages the unsocial activities such as violence and bad behavior. Self discipline is most important to achieve complete discipline in our life and it also helps to develop better character of the person concerned.
Nation cannot progress without the law abiding disciplined citizens. This helps to build up the nation with the proper co-operations and unity. In these case nation can be saved from neighbor’s opportunistic attitudes. Strength of a nation lies in discipline.
There is a proverb rightly said, “United we stand, divided we fall.”
Self-discipline is to motivate self in spite of a negative emotional state of mind. For self-discipline individual should have strong will power to control the mind. Self-discipline works automatically and leads to the success.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama, writes, “Self-discipline, although difficult, while combating negative emotions, should be a defensive measure. At least we will be able to prevent the advent of negative conduct dominated by negative emotion. Once we develop this, by familiarizing ourselves with it, along with mindfulness and conscientiousness, eventually that pattern and way of life, will become a part of our own life.”
Our safe survivals depend on nature. Nature strictly follows the law of nature. Nature is very systematic with its law. The day starts with sunrise and sets accordingly to invite night with moon and stars above the sky. Nature is the best example of true discipline to all of us. The perfect nature’s law/discipline which controls the earth, the sun, the moon and other planets. Dis-harmony among the set rules will be disastrous to all of us.
The ancient Hindus insisted on the essentially of leading a life of restraint. Individual’s energies misused without strict control of mind and body. In that case Discipline is necessary for one’s moral life. We should remember, — “He alone can command who knows how to obey”.
Without discipline there is no way we can control our mind or our senses, explains as:-
“Know the self as the lord of the chariot, and the body as the chariot. Know the intellect as the charioteer, and the mind as the reins. The senses are the horses … He who has no understanding, whose mind is always unrestrained; his senses are out of control, as wicked horses are for a charioteer. He, however, who has understanding, whose mind is always restrained, his senses are under control, as good horses are for a charioteer.”
In our spiritual life discipline is most essential. The spiritual activity needs systemic actions with strict discipline in life. To lead a spiritual life, a constant alertness over the mind is needed.
In spiritual discipline, says, “Certain practices insulate you, yet retain your sensitivity at the same time. This needs training and education. We all have ten fingers and though everyone has the ability, only a few can play the guitar.Only those few who have learned how to play the guitar or the flute or the trombone can play it.”
A yoga instructor says, “When I work with clients, I emphasize discipline. That is the most important quality in the spiritual, satiric life.”
“He explains that in each area of our lives, spirituality plays an important role. It influences our outlook and reactions. A non-spiritual person might not engage in selfless service or compassion, whereas a spiritual aspirant will consciously strive to express such qualities in his relationships and attitude. This ability is born out of regular discipline, both mentally, and physically.”
“Discipline works every where. It controls our morals and even our religion. There is no sphere in heaven and earth where discipline does not dominate”.