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Idleness or Laziness

Idleness or laziness means working half heartedly, without alertness, unknowingly or unconsciously. It is a lack of action or activity. It is as if the work is done during sleep. Unfortunately our condition has become such that our morning arises to welcome idleness only. Some people are so lazy they don’t like to get up on time. They don’t like to bathe for two to four days or they don’t take bath at all. After waking they take tea, read newspapers, listen to radio, watch TV and then again they lie down. They have lots of excuses for all lazy attitudes.


The mind has three Gunas or qualities born of nature. These are known as:
• Sattwa or light, bliss and goodness
• Rajas or passion and motion;
• Tamas or inertia and darkness.

There are three Vrittis or modifications of the mind corresponding to the three Gunas.

• Shanta Vritti or peace, equilibrium and balance come from Sattwa Guna.
• Ghora Vritti or anger manifests from Rajo Guna
• Moodha Vritti or carelessness, laziness and drowsiness come from Tamo Guna.

Tamas binds the living beings by idleness, laziness and sleep. Due to idleness, we cannot imagine of healthy thoughts. Idleness is the gateway to death.


Laziness must be eliminated with activity. To get rid of idleness Tamas must be conquered with Rajas first and then Rajas with Sattva. Swami Sivanandji used to say that do not depend on others. All work should be done by the body to leave laziness. When we make habit to do all possible work by ourselves, we get its reward also. The health remains best. We remain healthy. The intellect becomes sharp, pure and alert. Our scriptures say that exist with awareness- wakefulness while awake, wakefulness during dream and during sleep. There should be awaking during eating, drinking, speaking, walking. Bhagvan Shri Krishna has said that the person is Yogi when he does not sleep even while he is sleeping. It means that his inner mind is awake when he is sleeping. So he does not have binding of Tamoguna. He is free. Once try to live with alertness and full awareness, you will be able to experience new life and you will be free from idleness.


There are lots of methods to remove idleness. One of them is Yoga. Normally what happens when we are not well, the doctor advises us to do some activity such as Yoga, Pranayama and Meditation. But it is better if we get up early by ourselves and do some Asanas. 

By this we get the benefit of prevention before the problem occurs. Asanas such as Suryananmaskar, Halasana, Paschimottanasana, Bhujangasana, Shalabhasana, Dhanurasana, Chakrasana and Pranayamas such as Sheetali, Kapalbhati, Bhastrika are very benefitted. All these Asanas open up the vertebrae, increase elasticity in the spinal column and the blood circulation in the whole body. These exercises will remove laziness and will give you energy and vitality for the whole day. After this there is no will to lie down in the bed. In the beginning the Tamasa is destroyed and then Rajas increases. The active life, proper thinking and social dealings will lead towards Sattva completely. So do the Asanas which are possible for you out of the above mentioned Asanas.

Those who can’t do the above mentioned Asanas there is a very simple Asana named Setubandha Asana. Having the shape of fly over bridge this Asana has numerous potential.
By the practice of this Asana the vertebrae of spinal column, shoulders, upper arm, both forearms, elbows, wrists of the hands, palms, fingers, neck, back, waist, thighs, knees, the calf muscles of legs experience energy and vitality.


• Spread mat or double folded blanket on a flat ground.
• Now lie down straight on your back.
• Then bend each leg at knee one by one.
• Both knees should touch each other.
• The heels and the toes should also touch each other.
• Take the heels quite close to the buttocks.
• Feet flat on the floor.
• Keep your hands by your sides parallel to the ground.
• By pressing the palms on the ground lift the waist up.
• The middle part of the body should be lifted up as much as possible and it should be supported by both hands.
• The fingers of the hands should remain on outer side and thumbs should point inwards.
• The waist should be supported with hands.
• The arm between the shoulder and the elbow remains parallel to the ground and the forearm between the elbow and wrist remains vertical to the ground as a pole.
• Now very slowly straighten your legs one by one. The right leg first then left leg.
• Both thighs, both knees, calf muscles, heal and the toes of the feet should touch each other.
• There should not be any angle at knee joint.
• This way the shape of whole body will be like a fly over bridge.
• Hold this pose for as long as comfortable.
• When releasing the Bridge Pose, slowly fold the legs first one by one, remove the hands and put them on the sides of the body then slowly put the body down back on the floor.
• Relax.

By the practice of Setubandhasna the body experiences the big tide of energy. The muscles of the legs, hands and the joints become strong. By its regular practice one becomes free from psychological abnormality and obtains the life filled with good thoughts, hopes and joy.

Do not forget this formula, rest is rust. Always be engrossed in one or the other activity like sports, swimming, skiing, learning or research so that one should be free from idleness

Courtesy: Dr. Rita Khanna
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