I prayed to the Lord my God and made confession, saying,
"Ah, Lord, great and awesome God, keeping covenant and steadfast love with those who love you and keep your commandments,
5 we have sinned and done wrong, acted wickedly and rebelled, turning aside from your commandments and ordinances.
6 We have not listened to your servants the prophets, who spoke in your name to our kings, our princes, and our ancestors, and to all the people of the land.
7 "Righteousness is on your side, O Lord, but open shame, as at this day, falls on us, the people of Judah, the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and all Israel, those who are near and those who are far away, in all the lands to which you have driven them…
9 To the Lord our God belong mercy and forgiveness, for we have rebelled against him,
10 and have not obeyed the voice of the Lord our God by following his laws, which he set before us by his servants the prophets.
Discipline is the least understood word in the world. The purpose of discipline is simply to be able to guide the expressions of the mind … to condition the mind so that it is connected with positivity and creativity … Disciplining ourselves means choosing to encourage and support our inner peaceful nature rather than the greedy acquired and acquisitive nature we habitually use in interactions.
Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati