How does Lethargy
and Laziness Suppress Mind?
A Brahmin Priest once asked the Blessed
Master Gotama, what is the cause
of being unable to remember even
has been memorized over a long period, and also that which
has not been memorized?
when mind is retarded by lethargy and laziness, dimmed, detained,
by lethargy and laziness, and one does not understand any
actual safe escape
arisen lethargy and laziness, in that very moment,
one can neither see, nor
what is advantageous, neither for oneself,
nor for others, nor
Consequently, whatever have been memorized, cannot be remembered...
Why is this neglect so? Imagine a bowl of water covered with moss,
If a man with good eye-sight were to inspect the reflection of his
in it, he would
neither see, nor recognize it, as it really is! So too,
brahmin, when mind is
slowed down by
lethargy and laziness, dimmed, detained,
and handicapped by lethargy and laziness, on such
occasions even texts long
memorized do not recur to the mind, not to speak of
information, that have not been actively memorized at all...
to cure Laziness:
Repeated Attention to these 3 elements of:
launching and endurance!
When lazy identify what element of these 3 is missing!
Initiative is purely mental: One wish to do it.
Launching is both mental and bodily e.g. when swinging the
legs out of the bed.
Endurance is what finalizes completely any already ongoing
More on curing this common mental defilement:
Laziness is like a prison ...
Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha.
Book [V:122-3] section 46: The Links. 55: To Sangarava...