How does Lethargy and Laziness Suppress Mind?


A Brahmin Priest once asked the Blessed Buddha:

Master Gotama, what is the cause of being unable to remember even
something, that has been memorized over a long period, and also that which
has not been memorized?

Brahmin, when mind is retarded by lethargy and laziness, dimmed, detained,
and dominated by lethargy and laziness, and one does not understand any
actual safe escape from this arisen lethargy and laziness, in that very moment,
one can neither see, nor understand, what is advantageous, neither for oneself,
nor for others, nor
both for oneself and others.
Consequently, whatever have been memorized, cannot be remembered...
Why is this neglect so? Imagine a bowl of water covered with moss, plants,
and algae. If a man with good eye-sight were to inspect the reflection of his
own face 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 those texts, events and
information, that have not been actively memorized at all...


How to cure Laziness:

Repeated Attention to these 3 elements of:
initiative, 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 task.

More on curing this common mental defilement: Laziness (Thīna-middha):

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Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikāya.
Book [V:122-3] section 46: The Links. 55: To Sangarava...

Lethargic is Laziness...

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Updated: 22 Dec 2016