Saturday, January 9, 2016


Disciple means disciplined.
The spiritual master's service is to teach the disciple disciple.
"Just try to learn the truth by approaching a spiritual master. Inquire from him submissively and render service unto him. The self-realized soul can impart knowledge unto you because he has seen the truth." BG 4:34
That is why someone approaches a spiritual master. And when the disciple has learned discipline they become self-disciplined.
"And when you have thus learned the truth, you will know that all living beings are but part of Me—and that they are in Me, and are Mine." BG 4:35
And who is qualified to be such a spiritual master?
"A sober person who can tolerate the urge to speak, the mind’s demands, the actions of anger and the urges of the tongue, belly and genitals is qualified to make disciples all over the world." NOI 1
My parents never disciplined me effectively. I was spoiled.
I had no self control whatsoever. I ran wild.
If it was just too much sometimes my mother
would try to discipline me by withdrawing love.
For days even weeks she wouldn't even speak to me.
When she saw me she would slam something.
This went on throughout childhood.
I had no idea what I had done wrong.
She simply wouldn't talk to me
At meals she would slam the plate on the table in front of me
and turn away in disgust.
One of these sessions could last two weeks or more.
Other times, when I was somehow doing everything right?
She showered all sorts of loving affection.
I was precious. I was special. I was this and that.
To be adored and worshiped.
Needless to say she had some personal issues.
But this was my disciplining.
I had no self control whatsoever and made it a point
to avoid anyone disciplining me, school, clubs, etc.
So as a young adult I was in a lot of trouble with uncontrolled senses.
I knew what I needed was to learn discipline but who could teach me?
I thought maybe I would learn discipline in the military.
So I applied for the Air Force.
But after a few meetings with the recruiter,
touting the opportunities for enjoying golf courses, social life and a career,
I knew that was not going to work.
When I found Srila Prabhupada's movement
I knew this was what I was looking for.
Here was the teacher who could discipline me.

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