INTRODUCTION TO THE DISCIPLINEEXPERIENCING THE PROFOUND BACKGROUND: We are born in a world that is given to us.

Its contents, its character and its cultural values go on changing with time and they influence our lives. The given world is transactional in its character, survival oriented and selfcentered. Routine is what governs this world. Daily we get up in the morning, go for a morning walk or to the gym or for yoga to keep good health -some people do not even do this-have breakfast, go to work, return to see TV and sleep. Years go by and this routine does not allow us to have a glimpse of anything higher than our small self in life. Routine life is a life of dependence. Everything we do, feel and think does not depend on us. When we want to change our life, it is the environment that changes us. We live and go on living since we are in situation of living. We are governed by all that is compulsory - morning to evening. Routine takes away from us the biggest thing that human being possess - freedom to make a choice! That means it is not within our choice to do or experience something new, something higher than ourselves, something very profound.We are imprisoned by small compulsions and habits in life. Without experience of profound, our lives remain at surface level. Nothing very deep is experienced. Without such experience in life there is a constantly prevailing feeling deep inside us that life is not fulfilled, that there is something lacking, that there is something basically wrong with life. Although we never come to know what exactly is wrong, what exactly is missing, we go on living and existing without an enquiry, without a search. This is our intellectual inertia. If we do nothing even after knowing this, life will continue to exist with inner dissatisfaction - although outside circumstances can be quite comfortable for some among us - and someday it can end in the same state. That would be tragic. The big falsehood, the big contradiction of a routine life is that it gives us a compelling feeling that we have no choice, that we cannot do anything to change our lives. We tend to give very superficial excuses about how life has bound us in its routine and why there is no possibility of creating time.

Yet it is a common experience that we desire deep within us a compelling necessity for a change. But somehow it so happens that our one ‘I’ tells us to change and the other ‘I’ says that there is no possibility of a change. This creates an inner conflict, an invisible stress that fills us with a feeling of dissatisfaction with life. THE PROPOSAL OF THE SCHOOL The school realizes this as a fact of life world over and proposes to common men, without any discrimination, a significant possibility of experiencing an inner force far deeper than what we experience in daily life. Touching and experiencing such a force can give us a glimpse of an altogether new way of being in our daily world of living. It can change significantly our view of who we are and where we can go. It can change the very meaning of our life by filling it with new content, new awareness, new comprehension of our possibilities. If one does not have an idea of how the divine is felt within us, one can now experience a glimpse of it. This is called experience of ‘The Profound’ - an experience of something by far much deeper than what we have ever experienced in life! This is the proposal. This is why we have come together here. Even though we are small in number, significance of our togetherness is extraordinary because we have come here to discover a new meaning of our life. The work is called ‘The Discipline’. --------------------------------------OOOOO------------------------------------See next page 3

So, let us discuss some frequently asked questions: 1. What is The Discipline? The Discipline is a process to experience The Profound within us in the midst of daily life. It is a work on oneself. It involves deep study and understanding of what our life is composed of and how we can change what is unsatisfactory. Prior to starting the work on Discipline, it is important to study the factors that can prevent one’s work on it. This study would involve understanding of: Relaxation:  How to relax ourselves at three levels:  Level of daily life  Level of situation in which our life is placed  Level of our complete biographical situation that reflects how life has placed us

This is called work on Relaxation. It includes all aspects of our lives. Self-Knowledge: How to know ourselves, our life situations, our values, our biography and how to plan our life. Psycho-physical Gymnastics: How we can understand relationship between our body and mind and how we can alter those aspects that hinder our growth. It involves activating our centers of response in our body-mind organization and giving them a direction. Catharsis and Transference: How we can empty ourselves of accumulated stress (catharsis) and how we can achieve a transference in favour of harmonious life.

Psychology: At last, there is a deep study of psychology of liberation that involves understanding of our consciousness, our psyche, its mechanisms and its way of working in order. This understanding can lay the foundation of a profound change. Thus we are prepared for our entry to The Discipline. 2. How many types of disciplines are there? Human beings present themselves as different types according to their interest and likings. Based on this understanding, at present there are four different types of disciplines among which one can choose what suits one’s inclination. Material Discipline It works on experimenting with different elements like mercury, silver, sulphur etc. Understanding of this alchemy has a parallel with one’s inner life. This comprehension opens the possibility of touching the profound. It requires a laboratory work. Energy Discipline: It shows a systematic way of how one can create abundance of energy within oneself by certain practices. It shows how by giving direction to this energy, one can create possibility of experiencing the profound. Mental Discipline: It is a very important process of work on consciousness. It helps one learn how to develop the faculty of seeing, as one’s look determines what and how he sees. The work on consciousness leads one to different levels of understanding and this helps seeing the profound within oneself. Morphological Discipline: It works with various forms - like circles, triangles etc. Work on form is the basis of experiencing life at different levels. Expansion and contraction offorms and one’s placement with reference to them can bring about significant changes within us. This constitutes the basis of experiencing the profound.

Before one chooses a discipline, each discipline and its way of working is described in printed materials which is further elaborated by the masters to help one choose the discipline that harmonizes with his psyche. 3. Who can do The Discipline? Any one who is eager to experience something profound in his life. It requires a little reorganization of one’s priorities of life to find time for taking initiative to study, contemplate and practice. 4. How much time it takes to complete The Discipline and what is the requirement on day to day basis? Initially, after one declares his intention to join the school, approximate 3-4 months are required to study the materials described in question 1. Studies are preferably done in groups and by common agreement among the postulants. There can be some instances of common studies done in one or two day retreats or in fixed hour common meetings during the week. Alternatively, there can be different groups who decide to meet and study according to their conveniences. At the level of study, day to day requirements are optional and depend on interest and initiative of the postulants. A postulant is one who offers himself as a candidate for the work on profound because he finds it significant for his life. 5. What one requires to The Discipline? To start with, one requires to register by e-mail. It is his show of intention. If the school accepts it, he is invited. Once invited, he shows initiative to study initial materials as above according to the plan the group decides. Once he completes the studies, he produces a theme-wise synthesis of what he has understood and submits it to school in an electronic format -a CD, a pen drive, email or in writing. After this he chooses the discipline. Once a discipline is chosen, he is guided by a master on how to proceed with practices. A daily slot of about half an hour minimum is required to continue The Discipline practices.

6. Do you need to change your job, family, religion or belief system to do The Discipline? Does it conflict with any of them? No, one does not need to such drastic things. It does not conflict with any of them. In essence, it is a simple but intentional process of experiencing something deep in one’s life. One does this generally when one feels that one’s daily life is repetitive and does not offer anything deeply satisfying. 7. How does your life change due to The Discipline? Changes in life occur in proportion to one’s commitment and authenticity with which he follows the process. Work on discipline is a work on touching one’s deep interior. It is a work on experiencing something much higher and that which is sacred within us. When one experiences this, his attitude towards life changes as inner revelations strike like opening windows that allow new light and fresh air. Life looks fresh, invigorating and forceful. One looks at his own life and creation of his future with a purpose. One gets a sensation that life does not end with death. Relationships with one’s own self and others take a meaningful turn. Stress patterns change to make one light footed. In effect, it is beginning of a fresh and purposeful life. 8. What are the costs? There is no cost for the study and for the school. Only costs are contributions made towards actual expenses incurred for materials, food or travels. This is not a business or money-oriented proposal. One is free to leave the school at any time during the process of studies. Until that time, school has no commitment towards the postulants nor the postulants has any commitment towards school. It is voluntary.

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