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  • In the Hindu model of life, a person lives through three stages. Student comes first. We are children and we grow and learn what we need to learn to become self-reliant. The second stage is Householder. We settle down and make a home for our own children. After our children are grown, we enter the third stage - that of the Forest Dweller.

    I am a Forest Dweller. Ancient Hindus at this stage of life would have literally packed up and moved to the forest. But for me, Forest Dwelling is a state of mind. It is the time in life when our dreams, ones we may have put on the shelf in order to take care of our children, are now returned to us. It is a time in our lives when there is time to think about things. A time in life to do things not because we have to but because we want to. It is said that the Forest Dweller works out a philosophy of sannyasin - as one who neither hates or loves anything. This is the stage of the Ascetic. There are no social pretensions. As a Forest Dweller - I simply am what I am.

    If you are looking for me, you must go deep into the heart of the forest, deep into the woods, where the trees are as old as all memory and their sturdy branches reach out to embrace the heavens. Where the harsh sun is filtered through the canopy and is gently tossed like handfuls of fairy dust on the soft moss. Where the birds sing and the fern unfurls. This is where a Forest Dweller can be found.

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