VALUE – 2
Self-discipline elf-discipline and will-power are two values that contribute to success. Life brings
challenges in the form of exams, difficult situations and many dilemmas. If one is disciplined and has a strong will-power to go through the test, one will surely emerge a winner. However, these values cannot just be learnt by reading or listening to someone speak about them. Children would do well if they include small activities that would help in disciplining themselves. It could be something as small as not watching one’s favourite television programme until their homework is completed. We must remember that just as drops of water make an ocean, small efforts at practising self-discipline will surely polish one’s personality.
Eklavya – The Great Student Eklavya – one of the greatest archers from the Mahabharata, the great Indian epic – is a fine example of what self-discipline and commitment to one’s work can do. Right from his childhood, Eklavya wanted to be an archer. However, since he was the son of a tribal chief, he had to travel towards Hastinapura to meet one of the finest teachers of archery – Acharya Drona. Dronacharya was a Brahmin teacher and was appointed by the Royal Family of Hastinapura.
With great difficulty, Eklavya managed to reach the palace where the Acharya was teaching his pupils. Folding his hands, Eklavya said to the Acharya, “Kind Sir, I am Eklavya. I request you to kindly accept me as one of your pupils. There is nothing in the world I seek more than learning this great art and there is no greater teacher of archery than you.” Dronacharya was quite impressed by the young Eklavya’s sincere interest and keen desire to learn and more so, to master the art. Consequently, Drona
started enquiring about Eklavya’s background. When he learned that