We are nearing the end of 2016. Another year passed by just like that. Good things and bad things happened around the world. Take what is good and leave what is bad. Because what is bad for you may be good for somebody else. Whether something is good or bad is subjective. I have talked about this earlier. So I am not going to dwell too much on it. But, there are some common enemies. In my last post, I briefly touched about Procrastination though I shed some positive light on that. In this one, I am going to talk about its cousin Laziness.
Everybody has been lazy at some point in time. It is only the degree of laziness that decides the success or failure. I am going to lay down few verses from Thirukkural, written over 2000 years ago, which talks about the ill effects of laziness. It shows that laziness is as old and as indestructible as cockroaches. This poet has dedicated one section of 10 verses on the topic. The topic is named “Not being lazy”.
குடியென்னும் குன்றா விளக்கம் மடியென்னும்
மாசூர மாய்ந்து கெடும்.
Even though one’s family has a good legacy, it quickly dies if he has the darkness of laziness.
மடியை மடியா ஒழுகல் குடியைக்
குடியாக வேண்டு பவர்.
If one wants to maintain or increase the dignity of his family, he has to eradicate laziness from his conduct and put in the right efforts.
மடிமடிக் கொண்டொழுகும் பேதை பிறந்த
குடிமடியும் தன்னினும் முந்து.
The glory of the family of an ignorant man, whose conduct is defined by laziness, quickly perishes even before him.
குடிமடிந்து குற்றம் பெருகும் மடிமடிந்து
மாண்ட உஞற்றி லவர்க்கு.
The family glory decays and faults increases for the ignorant man who give way to laziness and put forth no dignified efforts.
நெடுநீர் மறவி மடிதுயில் நான்கும்
கெடுநீரார் காமக் கலன்.
Procrastination, forgetfullness, laziness and over indulgence in sleep – these four things form a small boat that is desired by those who are down the path of desctruction.
படியுடையார் பற்றமைந்தக் கண்ணும் மடியுடையார்
மாண்பயன் எய்தல் அரிது.
Even though an idle person may be blessed with the wealth of all the kings ruling the earth, he rarely dervies any benefit out of it.
இடிபுரிந்து எள்ளுஞ்சொல் கேட்பர் மடிபுரிந்து
மாண்ட உஞற்றி லவர்.
Those who do not make dignified efforts due to laziness will subject themselves to condemnation and reproach.
மடிமை குடிமைக்கண் தங்கின்தன் ஒன்னார்க்கு
அடிமை புகுத்தி விடும்.
If laziness becomes the characteristic of a person from a good family, it will make him a slave of his enemies.
குடியாண்மை யுள்வந்த குற்றம் ஒருவன்
மடியாண்மை மாற்றக் கெடும்.
When a person overcomes and gets away from laziness, the disgrace brought upon his family will disappear.
மடியிலா மன்னவன் எய்தும் அடியளந்தான்
தாஅய தெல்லாம் ஒருங்கு.
The king who does not give way to laziness will obtain all the wealth passed over by Him who measured the worlds with His foot (God)
I wish you, and your nears and dears, a very active, prosperous, and a very happy new year. May this new year destory the laziness in your life and bless you with abundant health, wealth and knowledge.