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Stages of Human Life

Date: Sun, 12 Aug 2012 21:02:49 -0000
Subject: Stages of Human Life
From: Satiish Deva"


"Pratham jiivane, tumi a'so niko, ta'r la'gi, mane kono klesh na'i..." (PS 379)


Baba, O' my Dearmost, You did not come close to me in the dawn of my life; but I do not have any agony in my mind about why You did not bring me under Your shelter that time - why You did not come close to me and become very intimate. For that I do not have any mental anguish or suffering. But I do have repentance in my heart for why I did not search You that time. That is why my heart is burning and crying all the time. The fault is mine: In my early years I did not search You. For that I have deep remorse.

Baba, that time You were so close to me - living side by side, always. Even then I did not call You or try to search for You by learning sadhana. I did not care about that back then. Just my days and nights passed in vain, doing various useless pursuits that time in the early stage of my life. Yet, now in the twilight of my life, the more those early remembrances sprout in mind, the more pain I feel.

Baba, by Your grace, everyone comes onto this earth for a short span of time, for a calculated period. And there are so many works to do. Yet fruitlessly people waste their time blaming God for their misfortunes - but there is no benefit in this. Because everyone is facing their own samskara. When they remove the umbrella of vanity, they will realise that Your grace is showering eternally. 

Baba, You are ever gracious; what You do is best for me. My only desire is to always remain under Your shelter...


Here following are the Sanskrit terms demarcating the various stages of human life. Accompanying them are corollary English terms. However since the English language does not formally divide human life in the exact systematic way as in Sanskrit, then everyone should give their further suggestions for how to best express the English counterpart.

Baba has formed these categories of life based upon changes that come as a result of changes in: age, psychological outlook, physical & psychic development, etc.

Baba says, "Human life is composed various stages. And the collection of all the stages encompasses the entire human life. And just as human beings have these ten stages, similarly the life of each and every living being is composed of these ten stages. So depending upon the type of living being and environmental conditions such as climate and temperature etc, the duration of each of these stages varies, either increasing or decreasing. Following are the stages of life for a human being living in a tropical country."

1) Ma'trgarbha: anuma'nika 10 ma's (Mother's Womb; approx 10 months)

2) Shaeshav: 0 to 5 (Infancy)

3) Balyaka'l: 5 to 14 (Childhood)

4) Kaeshora: 14 to 16 (Youth)

5) Paogan'd'a: 16 to 18 (Teenage / Adolescence)

6) Yauban: 18 to 39 (Early adult life)

7) Praor'hatva: 39 to 50 (Middle age)

8) Ba'rdhakya: 50 to 72 (Older adult life / senior citizen)

9) Jara': 72 to 100 (Elderly)

10) Atharva: 100 + (Centenarian)

(Laghu Nirukta p.349)

Ma'trgarbha (Stage 1): In Varna Vicitra part 1, Baba comments that the duration of this first stage is ideally 10 months & 10 days. That is how long the fetus remains inside the womb, in the best of circumstances. If however, the fetus is born before this time, then the new born will not be properly mature. In that case its physical and mental development has not occurred up to the optimal degree. This stands as yet another proof how human life begins in the mother's womb and therefore the act of abortion is not accepted in A'nanda Ma'rga.

Balyaka'l (Stage 3): Due to the excess in-take of protein and fat and due to chemicals in the food, the age of puberty in so-called developed countries is rapidly decreasing. Now some young girls reach puberty at the tender age of 8 and some boys begin puberty at the age of 9. The extremely early onset of adolescence is the result of terrible imbalances in lifestyle and ultimately this creates serious problems in the society. Because suddenly 10 year old girls are getting pregnant and producing their own babies, yet they themselves are still young children and completely unable to take care of their offspring. This is the tragedy unfolding in various so-called developed countries.

Jara' (Stage 9): This means those whose bodies has begun shrinking.

Atharava (Stage 10): This means those who are almost immobile.


This entire cycle of life is the divine liila of Parama Purusa. A baby is born and blooms up to its full development and then gradually it shrinks in its old age. This is the divine play of "Hari & Hara". That is why this world is called jagat - because everything is mobile. Everything is changing; nothing is stationary. Those who have come will one day go. Those who have gone, they have gone in order to return again. This infinite liila of Parama Purusa is going on from beginninglessness up to eternity. In reality, this liila is miserable for jinanis; but for bhaktas it is blissful. In this cosmic liila everyone has their own particular role to play. And those who remember that they are part of a divine drama, they enjoy; and those who forget, they cry. But in the real sense everything is blissful because everyone is dancing around Parama Purusa.


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