What does the lazy Self want?

Acharya Prashant
3 min readAug 4, 2020

“The craving of a sluggard is a death of him because his hands refuse to work.”

BIBLE (PROVERBS 21:25)

Who is a lazy person? A lazy person is one who has a tremendous ego. Only the ego is lazy, and the ego is bound to be lazy. In what sense is the ego lazy?

Who is a lazy person? A lazy person is one who has a tremendous ego. Only the ego is lazy, and the ego is bound to be lazy. In what sense is the ego lazy?

Laziness means a refusal to do, a refusal to do the right thing, a refusal to change. Laziness means that one wants to remain where one is and as one is.

This laziness has been referred to as Tamsa in classical literature. One feels all right as one is whereas one actually not alright. It’s as if one is diseased but has also lost the capacity to feel pain, one is so diseased. There are diseases that don’t show up, why? Because the way a disease shows up is the way of the sensitivity of your neural system. If your neural system is itself diseased and incapable of feeling pain, then it’s a very fatal situation. You won’t even know that you are diseased, and you will continue to think that you are all right. And if someone comes to you and says — you want to change, brother? What you say — ‘go to hell.’ Why do you want to disturb me? I am already in Samadhi. When I am already all right, why do you want to unnecessarily disturb? That’s the statement of the lazy one.

We are talking of the Tamsik laziness. And it has certain signs that are very -ery close to those of enlightenment, seriously. It always happens, the highest state and the lowest state shares some apparent commonalities. A Buddha has no desire left for change. The greatly lazy and Tamsik one also has no desire for change. The Buddha sleeps peacefully. The Tamsik one also sleeps apparently peacefully. He’s very sure of himself just like the Buddha. You’ll never find him in self doubt. He will never regret being what he is, just like the Buddha. Go to him and he is always confident and sure — Yes, Of Course; No I know, don’t tell me anything.

And what is it that Jesus is saying here? He is saying here — the cravings of a lazy person will be the end of him for he does not want to work. If he is so sure of…

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