Regulation is the key to success. If we aren’t regulated then our life isn’t better than the animals. Whimsical living isn’t appreciated in the scriptures.
‘Regulate’ means to control things with the help of rules. For e.g. traffic signal regulates traffic and when it breaks then there is chaos on the roads.
On any product manual the rules are emphatically emphasized, the optimum temperature or pressure on which the product will give the best output is boldly illustrated. If there is no regulation or no rules then things go haywire.
Our life too needs regulation if we want to succeed. Even for material success a somewhat balanced life is required. And if our aim is to attain the supreme God then it is very much imperative that our life should be based on the guidelines of the scriptures.
Our mind and body too needs to be regulated for efficient functioning. Krishna, the architect of our body, explicitly mentions in Gita (6.16,6.17) the need for leading a life of regulation. He advises us not to eat too much or too little, sleep too much or not sleep at all and asks us to maintain balance in work and in recreation.
Contrast this with the life of an animal. Their senses are totally unregulated and they act as per their whims. Eating, sleeping, mating they can do anytime and anywhere. If we too have similar tendencies then unfortunately we too are living like animals and are misusing the human life which we have got.
However if we are able to abide by the principles elucidated by Krishna then we would be able to mitigate material pains, live happily and can successfully proceed towards spiritual perfection.
Bhagavad – Gita 6.16: There is no possibility of one’s becoming a yogi, O Arjuna, if one eats too much or eats too little, sleeps too much or does not sleep enough.
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