When Ram Rajya was established, everything was going right for the Gods and Brahma felt it is time for Lord Vishnu to return back to his abode. He informed Rama that his time has come to return to Vaikunta and approached Yama raja to bring him back. The truth is every human being has to die one day even if it is Gods incarnation. Yama raja tried many times but was not able to reach Ram and take away his life because Hanuman guarded Ram’s life. Rama understood the problem Yama raja was facing and decided to trick Hanuman. He dropped his ring that fell into a crack in the floor and then requested Hanuman to go and fetch it.

Hanuman could change his large body into as small as a fly. So he jumped into crack. He followed the crack until he reached patal-loka(Nether world) where he was greeted by Vasuki, king of snakes. Vasuki knew the secret of life and death and also knew that one day a ring will fall and a monkey will follow the ring.

He asked Hanuman what was he looking for? Hanuman replied, I am hanuman and I am looking for Ram’s ring. Vasuki said, come with me I will give you ring. He took Hanuman to a room full of Ram’s rings. And asked him to take anyone. Hanuman was surprised and asked him how can there be so many rings? He replied each ring represent one kal chakra. In every chakra, there is a treta-yuga in which there is a Ram and a Hanuman. Every time Ram will drop his ring and a monkey will come to patal loka searching for his ring. By the time monkey returns back to earth Ram is gone. Hanuman the scholar understood the kal-chakra and he let go his dear God.

But we, the normal human beings do not let GO our desires and feelings!

Every political leader or Chief Executive of a company feels that their country or company will be in turmoil if they leave the position. And therefore cling on to it for ever. As if there will never be another leader of their qualities, capabilities and vision. History says otherwise as new leaders with different perspective and thought process emerge and take the country/company to new heights. Once you complete the assigned/promised task or time, step down and move aside so that new leadership can emerge and take it to the next level.

As per Hindu scriptures, there are four Asramas (stages) in our life. Up to the age of 25, it is Brahmacharya the student phase of life. In this Asrama, one is supposed to acquire knowledge from his teacher and to remain celibate. Next is Grihasthashrama, the stage of life when the person is married and has to fulfil all his duties towards his wife, children, father, and mother. This could be up to the age of 50 or 60. Vanaprastha (retired life) is the retirement stage, where a person progressively hands over household responsibilities to the next generation, takes an advisory role, and gradually withdraw from the world. Above 70 years is the Sanyasa Asrama (renounced life) and it is marked by renunciation of material desires and prejudices, represented by a state of disinterest and detachment from material life, focussed on Moksha, peace and simple spiritual life.

But in India, the land of spirituality, we find people clinging on to positions of power and privileges even after crossing the age of Ninety! New generation should challenge this and bring a perspective change to the society by bringing in old values as mentioned earlier in scriptures.

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