Observance of DISCIPLINE makes the world function smoothly and efficiently. It involves doing one’s duty regularly, diligently and sincerely. Imagine the situation if the sun does not turn up during day; the moon fails to shine at night; the wind stops blowing and the rains miss us after the scorching heat of summer. Would not it make our lives miserable? This shows that discipline is the essence of life and its absence is else except a deplorable state of chaos and anarchy.

Discipline is necessary in every walk of life and in each activity. In order to understand why discipline is necessary, we must first understand what discipline is. For any work that is to be done, an individual has to have before him some goal or purpose. One may, or may not be knowing about this goal or purpose. It can best be achieved if any work is done in the most efficient way with complete concentration. One has to devote all the available time, energy and other resources to the activity. For this the person concerned must observe certain rules. Strict observance of necessary rules for any work or activity is called discipline.

Discipline, whether it is internal or external, requires a great deal of self-control. But it should never be treated as an obstruction to one’s freedom. On the contrary, it makes freedom all the more meaningful by creating necessary conditions in which freedom can be exercise or enjoyed. Discipline is like the banks of a river which do not obstruct to flow smoothly with proper force in the desired direction. Similarly, discipline makes it possible for all of us to utilize our time, energy and resources in a better way to achieve the desired results.

Discipline makes all the differences between success and failure, progress and stagnation. The great writer Edmund Spenser has correctly said:

A stern discipline pervades all nature.

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