Self-Discipline – In Gita Verse 2.35 The great generals who have highly esteemed your name and fame will think that you have left the battleﬁeld out of fear only, and thus they will consider you insigniﬁcant.
Krishna is reminding Arjuna that our Dignity, our Pride is our responsibility. It has been created by our consciousness. It is not the product of our unconsciousness. Ego is product of our unconsciousness. All the generals of both the side have highly esteemed your name and fame, right now they are looking towards you that what action you will take. If you runaway from the battlefield out of fear then they will consider you as insignificant. All the generals have highly esteemed your name and fame because of your self-discipline.
Foundation of all the discipline is self-discipline. Self-discipline will come from meditation. Meditation gives you insight how to respond in this moment.
When does discipline becomes meditation?
Never. Discipline never becomes meditation; meditation certainly becomes a discipline, which is self-discipline. Out of freedom person will follow the rules and discipline. Don’t start with discipline otherwise you will never arrive at meditation. Start with meditation and you will arrive at a discipline, and the discipline will not be imposed from the outside. It will be an inner overflow; you will become luminous from within.
In fact, to call it ‘discipline’ is not good because it is so utterly free – but still you can call it discipline, self-discipline. Your life will be disciplined, not by any effort, but by your inner understanding. You will behave responsibly, not that you have to behave that way, you will behave responsibly because a conscious man can behave only in that way – there is no other way. You will not behave for any profit, for any motive; you will behave out of your spontaneity; there will be no greed in it. If somebody is a Christian saint, he is greedy; he wants to reach to the Christian paradise. If somebody is a Jain monk, he is greedy, he is a businessman. He is trying to win over by virtue, to be victorious in the other world, to become a spiritual conqueror; but the idea is of greed.
If you go and look around the world at monks and saints and mahatmas, you will find ninety-nine per cent of them are just greedy people, materialistic people. They are disciplining themselves because they know that if they sacrifice, great is going to be the pay-off. They are ready to sacrifice, they are ready even to kill themselves – but it is a bargain.
A man of meditation, understanding, has no motive, no bargain with reality. How can you bargain with reality? The whole idea is silly. A man of meditation is good because it feels good to be good; there is no motive. He is virtuous because being virtuous he feels so happy and so delighted. He loves, he shares, just like a flower shares its scent, its fragrance – naturally. His virtue is not cultivated, conditioned; it is growth in his being.
‘When does discipline become meditation?’
Never. Discipline never becomes meditation. But meditation always brings a discipline, an inner discipline. And that discipline is because of freedom. That discipline is not a new cage. That discipline makes you totally free and liberated. You don’t have any commandments to follow, you don’t follow anybody, any scripture. You simply follow your own inner core. And there is no conflict within you, there are no alternatives. You are not to choose, you don’t have to choose to do this or to do that. Whatsoever arises in your being, you do it. There is never any repentance because a man of meditation cannot do wrong – it doesn’t happen. Whatsoever he is doing, he is doing totally; the next moment he has moved beyond it. He never looks back, he never repents: whatsoever happened happened; whatsoever did not happen, did not happen. He neither praises himself: ‘I did this’, neither does he ever feel guilty: ‘Why could I not do this?’ He has no hangover, he is clean-cut from the past. Each moment he moves into the future, each moment the past disappears and he is fresh like the dew-drops in the morning.
That discipline has freshness, that discipline has freedom, that discipline has fragrance.
Otherwise, discipline makes people dull, stupid. Discipline makes people mediocre; discipline kills your freedom, kills your being; discipline becomes a suicide. So never start with discipline, start with meditation. If discipline comes out of meditation – good, otherwise it is not needed. It is better to have no character than to have a forced character.
When we are unconscious we create bondage, right now as Arjuna is unconscious towards self, self-discipline, so Krishna is directing him towards himself, so that he will be in the state of meditation. As meditation is moving towards ourselves. If a person like Arjuna will not be free and liberated to follow self-discipline, then all the great generals will also leave the battlefield with fear.