Chakra Living

Lead Simpler Life in Old Age

by Isvara das

Posted December 9, 2008

Maybe I've got it wrong. After over 35 years as a householder, I'm thinking: now's the time to consider leading a simpler lifestyle. After reading the list of demands published in this article, however, maybe I should reconsider my future and plan for a more complex lifestyle instead.

Joking aside, whatever happened to simple living? As a disciple of Srila Prabhupada, my understanding is that in the latter part of one's life one should become more renounced and try to find happiness in the simple things.

"Simple living, high thinking." Srila Prabhupada said on so many occasions that all we need is simple food — rice, dhal, chapatis and a little fruit — a place to lay our heads, and to chant Hare Krishna.

This prabhu writes: "I wish I could say that my service is unconditional, but it's not. In order for me to function, to stay healthy, sane, etc., I seem to need certain minimal facilities." If he does not get his unconditional demands fulfilled, what will he do? Become angry, frustrated or depressed?

As disciples of Srila Prabhupada it is better that we set a good example and become more renounced in our twilight years, not more complex.