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In karniyametta sutta, Lord Buddha advised us to be relaxed and not to cling to the work.

How can I recognise relaxation from laziness ?

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Well, if you can't recognize the difference it is laziness.

Relaxation is samadhi: the collection of mind around an object of meditation.

When we speak of conventional relaxation, what we really mean is letting the defilements do whatever they want to the mind.

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This point in Karniyametta Sutta is to be smart in ones undertaking as elaborated in:

(1) Young brahmin, there is work that is great in goal, great in task, great in busyness, great in undertakings, but when it fails, is small in fruit [consequence].

(2) Young brahmin, there is work that is small in goal, with little busyness, few in external affairs, few in undertakings, but when it succeeds, is great in fruit.

(3) Young brahmin, there is work that is small in goal, few in task, few in external affairs, small in undertakings, but when it fails, is small in fruit [consequence].

(4) Young brahmin, there is work that is great in goal, great in task, great busyness, great in undertaking, when it succeeds, is great in fruit.

(Brahma,vihāra) Subha Sutta

Further elaboration is given in trading and spiritual life in the Sutta.

If one is lazy one procrastinates and/or does not take any initiative than the most productive and effective course of action. The Sutta does not say one should not cling to work thought this is something one should do, but one should be or less work but being more productive and effective.

Footnote 151 in Karanīya Metta Sutta, tr. by Piya Tan:

having with little busyness, appa,kicco. A renunciant should not have a busy life: see nn at (Brahma,vihāra) Subha S (M 99.5/2:197), SD 38.6; also above, (3.1.2).

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