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Vanaprastha

Discussion in 'Hinduism DIR' started by SalixIncendium, May 5, 2021.

  1. SalixIncendium

    SalixIncendium Advaita Vedantin
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    Over the last year or so, I realize I’m transitioning into a more ascetic lifestyle…into what I’ve come to know as Vanaprastha (retiring into forest). I’ve shifted away from focus on climbing the corporate ladder into a job that pays substantially less but is stress-free and doesn't require my attention at every waking moment.

    I’ve also offered my 21 year old daughter my house. I currently rent an apartment, which I will soon move out of, because it’s financially no longer viable. I don’t have a definite plan for my move, but I’m exploring more viable options. The luxuries I once enjoyed are no longer important to me.

    Essentially, I’m trimming the fat from my life in favor of a simpler existence, while passing vital “life tools” to my daughter (or anyone else that wishes to listen to my inane psychobabble).

    While this is more of a journalesque entry, I posted it in this DIR to learn if anyone else has had such a transitional experience, and if so, I’m interested to learn if there is anything I should expect that may be coming up “around the bend.”
     
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  2. Vinayaka

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    Yes. The guideline age is 72 (in my sampradaya) but it varies by individual. It's partly a function of what the body can do. It simply can't work as hard or as long.

    I've simplified a lot as well, and this year I retired (at least for awhile) from the volunteer landscaping. It's been 13 years since I retired from teaching. The entire process, I've found to be quite natural. If I was widowed, divorced, or otherwise single, I'd be more like you. Not that I disagree with Boss, but compromise is part of marriage so we keep the house. We don't really want the hassle of selling it and moving, because we like were we are ... a back yard, good neighbours, etc.

    But for me, it's really not the external, but the internal that needs to get simplified. Sadhana for me is now 1.5 hours, so there's a general higher degree of religiousity. That's the whole point.

    Best wishes entering this stage of life.
     
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  3. Aupmanyav

    Aupmanyav Be your own guru

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    I have done what all was to be done. Written the will*, detailed the cremation thing (put it on the Facebook for relatives). So in a way I am already 'gone'. Now I will utilize my time in enjoying the grandchildren's company and eat what I like. Not much to advice children, they are on their own. Vanaprastha or Sannyasa? :D
    * Son to care about my money or my wife's. We are no longer involved.
     
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