michael at shepherd87.fsnet.co.uk
Sat Aug 29 16:16:16 CDT 2009
These days, I'm well into my vanaprastha, and it's been the most fruitful
and rewarding period of my life.
So I reckon that I understand its spiritual significance in today's terms.
Obviously it has changed over the ages, in the past; but now that the
population is ageing and living longer, it's going to become more of a
subject of attention.
I know the standard quotations -- 'when your grandson's first hair appears'
etc. But I'd be glad to hear of any further relevant quotations and hints
from the scriptures.
There seems to be -- as somebody said here -- less said about it than any
other of the ashrama. For instance, is it possible that the
'forest-dwellers' grew food, or at least cultivated those trees etc which
yielded sustenance ? Did some return in the evenings to their homes ?
I dimly recall that Satyajit Ray's film painted a rather sober picture of
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