Can A Lazy Person Realise Truth?
Can a lazy person realise truth?
Can an uneducated person realise truth?
To realise truth, all we do is see.
In being lazy, we become dependent; we limit our reality and so, our freedom. Never be put off by feeling guilty about being lazy; just acknowledge this behaviour, and see how it affects your motivation. We all need a proper teacher, and there is no better teacher than our own mind!
Spiritually speaking, we are all more or less lazy, particularly when it comes to knowing the truth about our reality, as this means we have to give up something dear to us … the concept of ‘me’.
The idea of being lazy isn’t easy to accept as we tend to transfer the picture of laziness onto others rather than ourself. Transforming our ‘laziness’ isn’t actually a great problem, and the solution is very simple; we merely have to see what is going on within our own mind, and we are free – but having the heart – the courage – to see is challenging. We have to acknowledge the need to transcend.
“We are free in the very moment of seeing.”
Tulku Urgyen (a realised being).
When we hear the word ‘lazy’, we might think of someone lying on a sofa doing nothing; a total slob. This is as much of a fanciful idea as thinking the devil has horns and tail, and is truly evil. It’s all much subtler than that. Both images are advertising gimmicks to separate us from the facts, which are that it’s all in the mind.
We are lazy because we seek comfort and happiness through the dopamine effect caused by neurotransmitters responsible for reward and pleasure to which we become addicted and obsessed, and which becomes an habitual way of life. This pleasurable sensation can come from either being vacant (can’t be bothered, too sloppy) or occupied (an uptight fundamentalist, possessed by the gods).
The Buddha described this point while watching a lute player tuning the instrument and noting if the strings were too tight or too loose. If we want to be ‘in tune’, we shouldn’t be either too tight or too loose. 🙂
This is an important point when viewing our spiritual practice of being aware. We may become too enthusiastic, chanting away and waving vajras, bells and beads, feeling we have done something good, while missing the whole point. We fall under the dopamine enchantment; terms that describe this are ‘futile diligence’ and ‘spiritual materialism’. Spiritual practice is about letting go, dropping any attachment to practice in the final stage known as ‘completion’. In fact, we can do this all the way through a practice by just being there, rather than following a chant-along.
Lazy people are quick to find fault because they lack experiential empathy. The cause of laziness is an absence of purpose, which is essential to give our life meaning. If we don’t have a goal, we won’t be motivated. People will pick up on the flimsiest excuse to keep busy, and meditation can, unfortunately, be a vehicle for laziness if we do not know how to drop it. For this reason, we need to know why we are meditating.
We need discipline to cut through old habits. Of course, once we love what we do, we don’t need discipline … unless we then become attached to love! 😀 Actually, once we see properly, everything become effortless and carefree.
Laziness is self-deception; we play hide and seek. We seek something, but hide away from it if it gets too close for comfort. Long-term goals do not provide immediate gratification. Laziness can lead to depression, exhaustion and apathy, when the dark hole of depression swallows up anything positive.
Laziness masks fear, where we seek a comfortable bed to escape from reality. Meditation is realising our reality.