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Subramanian.R

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Spiritual practice after retirement
« on: October 08, 2009, 07:46:03 PM »
Most of us, in the past and also in the present times, think that
spiritual practice can be reserved for post-retirement life.  This
is, as if the life is on our hands.  Anything can happen by the time
you become 60.  One can have a heart attack and kick the bucket.
Or one can be afflicted with some diseases, which come in the
way of one's concentration or attention.  Or, mere senility will
give tiredness, sleepiness, and one complaint everyday.

We have to start spirituality, right at least, in the middle age.
And this needs God's grace.  The simple practices of sandhya,
bhakti, listening to discourses, reading books on spirltual practices and self realized saints etc., will take us to the right
mediatative practices and self enquiry.

Once one old man came to attend a Satsangh. He was in his
80s and he came with his grandson.  He will sit on the first
row, and within 5 minutes of the word "go", he will go to sleep!
He will sleep and drop his head, at least 10 times in 90 minutes!
The discourser became uneasy, because this oldie makes him lose
all interest in speaking and also suggests him to go to nap in the
middle.  One day, the disourser told the grandson that he would
give Rs 2.00 everyday, if that guy wakes up his grandpa with
walking stick whenever he goes to sleep.  The grandson readily
agreed.  This went on for 2 days.

Incidentally this grandson who is 7 years old, is really the
child of post 2K years.  He can operate the internet as if
it is a rubber ball.  Very clever guy.

The grandson stopped his work after 2 days.  The disocurser
called him and asked him why.  This fellow said: Sir you are
giving Rs 2/-. But my grandpa gives Rs 5.00 everyday, if I
do not disturb his sleep during the discourse!

deham pranaabhi indriyanyapi chalam buddhincha sunyam vidhu:
Stree balandha jadopamast tvahamithi pranta bruchanam
vaadihina..... (Sri D.S. Verse 5)

This body, breath, sense organs, buddhi, the sense of stupor or nothingness, will deteriorate and make one to become foolish like a woman or a young boy or a insentient object, as time
engulfs you.  This is Maha Maya of Pruthivi, asat, imagined
delusions and desires. Go to the Guru, before it is too late. Hurry up please it is time, hurry up please it is time......

Arunachala Siva. .             

ramana_maharshi

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Re: Spiritual practice after retirement
« Reply #1 on: June 28, 2010, 08:13:32 PM »
well said Subramanian garu and grandson example is funny sir.

atmavichar100

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Re: Spiritual practice after retirement
« Reply #2 on: September 14, 2012, 02:13:32 PM »
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Most of us, in the past and also in the present times, think that
spiritual practice can be reserved for post-retirement life.  This
is, as if the life is on our hands.  Anything can happen by the time
you become 60.
One can have a heart attack and kick the bucket.
Or one can be afflicted with some diseases, which come in the
way of one's concentration or attention.  Or, mere senility will
give tiredness, sleepiness, and one complaint everyday.

A relative of mine who had planned to be more relaxed after retirement and had put all plans in place for  going through various pilgrimages etc and had also booked tickets in advance 2 months before his retirement but after he retired within a few weeks he suddenly died due to heart attack and his plans did not materialize .I met his wife who wept showing all the booked tickets etc .
There are many people who postpone these things waiting for right conditions to materialize but by the time such conditions arrive they become too old or physically weak and unable to do so .
As regards Scriptural study/ Sanskrit Study etc  I find most people post retirement very tired and sleepy in the class and either they doze off or mechanically come for the class .
And that is one reason why I tell everyone that while we must plan for future but we must always believe that future is not completely in our control and if we have any good spiritual wish like pilgrimage ,sanskrit study ,scriptural study etc it is better to fulfill that while we are alive , hale and healthy .
All said and done , one needs to have the blessing of Almighty to have these insights much earlier in life to make retirement a blissful period but I see more bitterness and frustration among many retired people .




However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them? - Buddha

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Re: Spiritual practice after retirement
« Reply #3 on: September 14, 2012, 02:48:23 PM »
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Most of us, in the past and also in the present times, think that
spiritual practice can be reserved for post-retirement life.  This
is, as if the life is on our hands.  Anything can happen by the time
you become 60.
One can have a heart attack and kick the bucket.
Or one can be afflicted with some diseases, which come in the
way of one's concentration or attention.  Or, mere senility will
give tiredness, sleepiness, and one complaint everyday.

A relative of mine who had planned to be more relaxed after retirement and had put all plans in place for  going through various pilgrimages etc and had also booked tickets in advance 2 months before his retirement but after he retired within a few weeks he suddenly died due to heart attack and his plans did not materialize .I met his wife who wept showing all the booked tickets etc .
There are many people who postpone these things waiting for right conditions to materialize but by the time such conditions arrive they become too old or physically weak and unable to do so .
As regards Scriptural study/ Sanskrit Study etc  I find most people post retirement very tired and sleepy in the class and either they doze off or mechanically come for the class .
And that is one reason why I tell everyone that while we must plan for future but we must always believe that future is not completely in our control and if we have any good spiritual wish like pilgrimage ,sanskrit study ,scriptural study etc it is better to fulfill that while we are alive , hale and healthy .
All said and done , one needs to have the blessing of Almighty to have these insights much earlier in life to make retirement a blissful period but I see more bitterness and frustration among many retired people .


I am currently 29.  I started my spiritual practices and interest in spirituality right in my 13th age.

The first book is some vedanta stories by Ramakrishna paramahamsa.


All these 16 years,  I have been mad after saints,  sadhanas ,  meditation etc.

I finally settled at Bhagavan's lotus feet in the age of 27.

Having said all this,  I have not really controlled my senses otherwise I would have become some yogi by now.

Still I carry this sadhanas because this is how I am made of --  a long habit for God,  devotion, bhajan,  japa,  saints and stories and temples.


Sometimes I get only more confusion in the place of bliss.

More passions and desires in the place of shanthi and contentment

Neverthless,  a part of my being has sucked into itself this thirst for sadhanas


My karma bag is heavysome and loaded,  but I am a madman going after God.  Simply because I know only that .

Subramanian.R

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Re: Spiritual practice after retirement
« Reply #4 on: September 14, 2012, 04:45:11 PM »
How can one keep Atmavichara or even bhakti, till one  retires. Who knows that he may die at the age of 59!

One should develop bhakti and self surreende even at young age!

Arunachala Siva.

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Re: Spiritual practice after retirement
« Reply #5 on: September 14, 2012, 05:51:46 PM »
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Sometimes I get only more confusion in the place of bliss
This is a phase everyone goes through and confusion will be there when u have conflicting interest / conflicting desires and unless and until these conflicts resolve ,you will go through the confusion .

However Do not let these disturb you from your sadhana .Continue to do your sadhana , engage in Ramana Satsang whenever you find time and that will strengthen you .
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However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them? - Buddha