By Manoj J Lekhi
DISCIPLINE in everyday life means to consistently follow a particular code of
conduct. If you observe, the moment we say the word ‘Discipline’ every person gets
defensive. Each of us view discipline with a resistance!
Why do people have trouble being disciplined? Be it the discipline of exercise,
discipline of food habits or the simple discipline of main traffic rules. Why are our
children and adults rebellious in nature?
This is because our true nature is to be FREE! We are part of this cosmos, in the true
spirit of freedom! Before we were born we were free and after we leave our body at
the time of death we will be free. Our inner nature is to be free. So naturally everyone
wants to be free. So anything that relates to freedom people are naturally inclined
Let’s take money as an example. For me it is just a currency and materialistically it is
just a piece of paper which actually doesn’t have any value other than the value that
we have given it. Then why do we give so much importance to money? It is because, if
we have money, we feel we will have our freedom!
For most of us money symbolizes freedom! So we go after money for freedom. In the
process we get attached to money. If we were living in the Himalayas just like the
saints, we would probably not follow any consistent routine. They don’t follow daily
hygiene or discipline because they are not part of the world. They do not follow
discipline because they are not living in the practical world. But if we choose to live in
this so called practical physical world, we have to follow some discipline.
You see the traffic rules, you see the roads, the government, electricity, offices
everything is run in an organized form which has come from asserting discipline by
various people. If we live in this practical world we need to follow a certain set of
systems. If we choose to live in the spiritual world one may not follow a certain set of
discipline and would be free.
So if we choose to live in our practical world our success is through discipline. We
can earn our freedom through discipline.
If we choose the path of discipline in any aspect of our life for 66 days the brain gets
hardwired to the body and body follows discipline effortlessly. For example, start
brushing your teeth using left hand instead of right and vice versa. Initially it will be
difficult as it is a new learning to the first brain but after 21 days it becomes easy
while after 40 days it becomes easier and after 66 days it seems an effortless habit.
What has happened here is the learning brain passes on certain instructions to the
second brain. The second brain then reverts back to the first brain and this becomes a
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repeated cycle which becomes part and parcel of our body mechanism and finally is
transmitted to the autonomous brain (the third brain) and this becomes a routine.
So when you follow discipline for minimum 66 days it becomes a habit and then you
just follow it effortlessly for a period of 6 years.
If it can be done for a simple act like brushing than why not for human emotions!
Our feelings bring in certain equivalent vibrational thoughts and that leads to
development of equivalent vibrational feelings. You simply have to repeat the good
deeds again and again till it becomes our daily cycle and leads your way towards
freedom. For example, driving! It is very hard when you drive a car for the very first
time but then after several days of practice it turns out to be effortless. It gives you a
feeling of freedom when you drive now!
Discipline is not a regimented control. It is, in fact, a roadway to freedom! Earn your
freedom while being disciplined! For example Sachin Tendulkar finds cricket
effortless, Pt. Birju Maharaj finds dancing effortless, Amitabh Bachhan finds acting
effortless but behind all this is tremendous amount of discipline and consistent effort
for a period of time.
If you want to live in this physical world and be successful (so called in the eyes if the
world), earn Freedom through Discipline!
Pave your own pathway to Freedom via the route of Discipline!
Love and Blessings,
Manoj J Lekhi