Without discipline, no progress is possible in human affairs

The word (Discipline) means a scholar or a follower. In the ancient classical world, it signified one who attached himself to a spiritual leader, serving him and learning from him. The essence of the thought was that one recognized superiority and greatness in another person, and submitted willingly to his leadership and guidance.

There is hardly a department of human life in which discipline does not prevail. The child or you in the home submit to the guidance of parents’ in school or college to the leadership of his teachers. In religion he or she obeys the instructions of spiritual leaders, and in the state, the man who have been elected to positions of authority in the country have to be obeyed. In other words, man is a creature submitting to law and order. In a democratic community, man has a voice in the making of the laws, so the discipline to which he submits is of his own making.

The greatness of man, over all other things, arises from the fact that he is capable of organizing himself. It is a bad thing if in the jungle near our home, there should be a number of wild animals. How much worse would it be if they were capable of making their attacks on man according to organized plan, under leaders! Not all man is capable of leading and inspiring a nation: a great man is born only when great things call for him. When a great leader arises, it is the duty of man to recognize him, to submit him and to follow, him to death if need be. If man follows the dictates of their own individual natures, there can be no society, no nation, no social system.

The greatest discipline of all is that which is personal; it exists within the individual. Our heart tells us that a thing is good, but our natural desires seek something else, some satisfaction of the senses which form the lower part of man. In that case, the heart, the soul, must be trained to prevail over the senses and bring discipline into the state of man.  

By Rehana khan(111/10)


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