Lethargy is a satanic force… because it stops your progress and is to be avoided. To get out of it, one has to be alert about it… how it crawls onto you. Shri Krishna has put the worst vice in the whole world as Alasya, lethargy. It is the main problem of England. First lethargy comes in, and because of lethargy we get into vices, and then also just to avoid this lethargy we can go to the right side too much… so according to Shri Krishna, everything starts with lethargy (1980-0927); Whatever is lethargy is anti Christ, is anti God, is anti Mataji… try to become cheerful, blissful, happy, dignified, sensible, sweet (1980-0927)

We deceive ourselves you see… when I am talking, you listen to me and you think that ‘oh Mother is talking very sweetly, beautifully’… finished!… but nothing goes inside… why… because of lethargy. Lethargy is a barrier… it doesn’t allow me to go inside you… it’s a barrier… it’s a very sweet thing, which smiles… just you think ‘oh Mother’s saying something very nice’ – it’s very great… it gives you happiness and all that… but it doesn’t go inside… you do not imbibe. And when I tell to some people, they’ll say ‘I know Mother… I know I do that’. Then why do you do it… that means you are possessed… you are a possessed person. That you know this is wrong… still you are doing it… then you are a possessed person. Then it’s better you beat yourself with shoes (1980-0927)

Some people go on lingering about, very lethargic, with very slow movements as if they have taken some sort of drugs. But see how the Indians are very alert, especially the Maharashtrians… this alertness you have to achieve… you have to work it out in a very quick and a very smart way. Alertness is very important (1987-1224)

Imbalances of the Left Swadisthan can result in lethargic organs, resulting in: allergies of the skin (liver), nervous problems, cancer and leukaemia (1984-0313); A lethargic liver gives you allergies… all kinds of allergies come to people through their lethargic livers (1983-0209); Diseases that may result from lethargic organs, include: cirrhosis; rashes; allergies etc (1983-0131); Osteomyelitis… Poliomyelitis… come from the left side… lethargic diseases (1983-0209); Organs can be lethargic if we eat too much carbohydrate type of food – in which case, we should take more proteins. There is no harm in taking meat (1983-0131); Those who have lethargic temperament… have a left side imbalance, develop clots in their blood, and low blood pressure… and these clots can cause paralysis… on the left hand side (1983-0209; 1983-0129)

Left side diseases include: emotional problems and misery, fearfulness and nervousness, schizophrenia, colds, diarrhoea, lethargic hearts, swellings in the body, gout, troubles of the joints, lethargic livers resulting in allergies, blindness with the eyes open, cancer, muscular dystrophy, osteomyelitis, poliomyelitis, tuberculosis, blood clots, paralysis caused by blood clots, low blood pressure (1983-0209)

Paralysis There are two types of paralysis… one is caused by too much ego… the other by superego. Those who have lethargic temperament… develop clots in their blood… and these clots cause the paralysis, and is also on the left hand side. The other one is caused by the damage to the brain, on the right side, by the overdevelopment of Mr ego within you; Mainly the people get it on the right side (1983-0209)

Sickness comes if there is something wrong in the ‘Principle’, that builds up the human being. Basically there are two principles which affect the body, and the third principle affects the evolution – the first principle of the left sided, or Iccha Shakti, or the desire power, if it is in danger then we develop lots of diseases due to lethargic organs… but the right sided people have a very overactive personality, and have overactive organs (1983-0209)

To get into the centre, to achieve balance, first we move out of the left side to the right side, and from there to the centre. If you are feeling lethargic, are unable to get up, or are feeling sleepy or not alert, plan what you will do and get into action. Even doing Puja is a good idea. This action takes us into the right side. Then when you are into action, in order to get into the centre, just watch everything, just witness… say to yourself that you are not doing it (1980-0517.2)

The left hand side people are the people… who are docile, who bear up lots of things from others, cry and weep, and all the time are ‘on the losers end’. Such people have… lethargic organs… heart, liver, intestines… plus they may have some sort of baddha in them, in the sense that they are possessed by someone (1988-0921); Left sided people should take salt more, and with salt they can solve many problems, because salt gives them a personality a composure, by which they can express themselves, in a way that is dignified and not lethargic (1983-0121)

The left side is the Tamasic side, is the side where darkness is affecting people… those people who live in too much darkness, or in the past, or in a sly way… in a hidden way… are introverts… are extremely cautious… are afraid of people… do not talk much… who avoid meeting people… are nervous… will not have self confidence… will be running away from the public… will hibernate in the house… and also they become schizophrenic; Who in their Spiritual ascent, take to Bhakti more… who work through their emotions. They take domination from others… they suffer… they sacrifice. They eat imbalanced food as far as proteins are concerned, and in proteins, are so weak, that they might suffer from lethargic muscles in every way (1983-0209)

Matter is made out of 5 elements, the 5 elements that have made this body of ours… and they are on the right side of the human being. These 5 elements either push you towards the left side or they pull you towards the right side. Now when you start using the matter, gradually you become lethargic… you become a slave to it… it becomes a habit… the comfort enslaves you. Secondly, if you try to overpower the matter, getting overactive with matter, making everything properly, over-efficient with the matter, then your ego develops, and when your ego develops, you go into violence. You become a sort of an aggressive businessman or country, which tries to overpower other nations with their material advancement… you become materialistic and such people have no heart… they are just dried up… the only thing they understand is money (1980-0927); The brain when it is not nourished by the heart is very dangerous, is ruthless. Conversely, if there is heart only and no rationality, we can become dangerous to ourselves, lethargic and indulgent into wrong things (1989-0611)

Only Blake has told of Jerusalem… he could see that vision… he was that sensitive… the way he has described, talked of the glory of this country (England – Ed). All this inertia, this lethargy that is settling into this country is because of our foolishness, and stupidity. You are the most dynamic people… in your spiritual work you can be very very dynamic. You are the ones who are going to throw away all the shackles of nonsense… and you are the ones who are going to recreate a beautiful arena for the whole world… that’s why I’m here. I’ve been here for 6 years… and again I am here for 6 years… perhaps… I hope so. I hope something substantial will be done in all the parts, where the English who are my children… who are the Saints of the past, who are born in this country… and will receive this… and settle into it, and not waste your energy in the ego as your forefathers did – they just wasted their life (1980-0809)

Tape References:

Date/Ref – Title – Qual – mins

1989-0611 Dynamism and ascent, Connecticut – see 1989-0611 good 55

1987-1224 We are here for our ascent – Poona – see 1987-1213 good 30

1984-0313 Intro talk – 3 channels, Delhi – see 1984-0313 good 35

1983-0121 How to proceed – Vaitarna – see 1983-0104.1 – side B good 35 1980-0517.2 Old Arlesford, Winchester, pt 2 (What is a S Yogi) good 90 1980-0809 What are we inside – B’ham good 30

1980-0927 Lethargy, Chelsham Road good 75

1983-0129 Swadisthan Chakra, Delhi (False Gurus, & Conditionings) good 70 1983-0131 Nabhi Chakra, Delhi good 80

1983-0209 Problems of Left, Right and Centre – Bombay good 65 1984-0313 Intro Talks – Delhi and Hampstead

1988-0921 Speech at Ammonk Ashram, New York good 35 1989-0611 Dynamism, Virata Puja, Connecticut, USA

– end – 28 Jun 2003