Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishments, said Jim Rohn. Discipline means the willing submission of a person to rules, regulations and instructions to someone recognized by society. It is a willing and polite discharge of one’s duty towards others in society. The word discipline originates from the word ‘disciple’ – one who learns and is constantly aware of his learning.
The strength of a nation lies in discipline. No nation can progress unless its citizens are disciplined. That’s why Chanakya once said, United we stand, divided we fall. Discipline doesn’t mean slavery. A disciplined person has full freedom but the freedom of a disciplined is such, it neither disturbs the society nor interferes with other’s freedom.
Discipline is not only desirable but indispensable. Nature is the best mirror of perfect discipline – From heavens above to the earth below, everywhere discipline reigns supreme. The earth, the sun, the moon and other planets are governed by certain laws to maintain perfect harmony and beauty. Any deviation from these set rules, will spell utter disaster. The life of bees in a hive is a model of disciplined life. Coming down to man, the various organs of his body coordinate with each other and are disciplined for the maintenance, growth and development of the whole body.
Indiscipline has become a trait in the society today. In India, indiscipline is seen even in legislative assemblies and the parliament. The indiscipline of the political leaders is reflected on the whole society and the whole nation suffers affecting the country’s progress.
Discipline should be the first criterion of the family. Parents must bring up their children in congenial disciplined atmosphere and teach the right values to transform them into balanced adults and disciplined citizens.
Discipline is necessary for both the teacher and the taught. A good teacher has a great responsibility of keeping a high image of his personality in the society. He can’t do it unless he maintains an intellectual and more discipline of a high order. No student will obey and respect an indisciplined teacher, however high may be his knowledge.
Similarly only a self disciplined student achieves something worth in the life. Indisciplined students just wander here and there, waste away their precious time and energy in useless activities and later on repent in life. They soon learn that there is no shortcut to success and it is only through consistent hard work and self discipline that they can achieve their objective in life.
Students should learn the right way of doing things even in ordinary actions like sitting or reading. They should sit erect and keep the spinal column straight. This enables the smooth energy flow thereby improving the memory and power of concentration. This is being preached through Kundalini, Pranayama and related yoga therapies.
There is a famous email of Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam’s speech in Hyderabad delineating how indisciplined we are when compared to developed countries and requesting us to be more positive and self-disciplined for India to become a super power soon. It may take hundreds of years to get a disciplined society but for an individual, it is not difficult to discipline oneself, provided there is a will. Otherwise as William Feather rightly said, If we don’t discipline ourselves, the world will do it for us.