Question: On the physical plane is it better to have ego and do everything wrong than to be lazy and sleep for eighteen hours a day?Sri Chinmoy: When you do everything wrong, your friends will tell people what you have done. Soon you will get tired of trying to hide your misdeeds. Then you will try to do better, and you will begin to improve. Why should you always have to listen to others comments? So it is better to make friends with ego than to make friends with idleness.
Sri Chinmoy, Transformation of the ego, Agni Press, 1977