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News&Views Feb 2010

Spiritualism -USA

An american Vanaprastha ashrami Hermit
(see link of hubpage by 50caliber below)

After the age of 50, getting a little detached from daily routine one does as a house holder (Sanskrit word is Grahastha), is a feeling which has been there in India for a long time. According to an old Indian tradition, life should be sort of divided into four phases (ashrams, see links below).

www.hindunet.org/four_ashrams/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashrama_%28stage%29
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vanaprastha

Third phase should generally start at 50 and go on till 75 and is called Vanaprastha ashram. During this time a person is supposed to live a bit in solitude and like a hermit. How ever India is not the only place where people follow this path (now a days of course it is not so common, but still quite a few are there ). American style adventurism, which has been a big asset for USA, in almost any aspect of life, technology, science, simplicity, war, social work etc. has also inspired many to lead a similar path. By chance I came across this interesting hub by 50caliber. He is indeed living a life of a hermit, a Vanaprastha ashrami. More from himself.

Being a hermit-50caliber

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50 Caliber 6 years ago from Arizona

I thank you for the recommendation and will be reading up on your links for an education of the phases of life.

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