Going the Distance while Growing Old

It has been a time span of 6 years as on March 1, 2014, since I retired from the post of Chief District Medical Officer Bargarh Orissa on attaining the age of superannuation i.e. 60 years of age on February 29, 2008. I have travelled the distance of 6 years in my post retirement life and grown older by 6 years becoming 66 years old.

To many people, growing old seems like the end game of chess; life winding down in a series of small moves with lesser pieces. As I age, I have discovered this is not true. Growing old is a game of verve, imagination and excitement. The ageing game is a sport for which childhood, youth and maturity are no more than a preparation. Its scope comes as a surprise. It expands my life at a time when I apprehended to diminish. It demands an excellence that no longer seemed necessary. It asks me to surpass what I did at peak of my powers.

During 2008 and 2009, I developed Yoga and Spirituality as ways of my life. I created the blog Yoga and Spirituality in 2010, nurtured it in 2011 and got it established in World Wide Web in 2012. During 2013, I succeeded in rejuvenating my life by means of Yoga and Spirituality. The freedom I got from public and professional activities on my retirement from the post of Chief District Medical Officer Bargarh Orissa on February 29, 2008 since last six years is disciplined by practicing Yoga and Spirituality in my post retirement life.Through the blog Yoga and Spirituality I have crossed the boundary of District and State to National and International level going the distance while growing old.

Dr.Mahesh Chandra Panda
Bangalore, India

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Dr.Mahesh Chandra Panda Date of Birth:29.02.1948 Qualification:M.B.B.S.,M.D. Retd. (29.02.2008) Chief District Medical Officer Bargarh Orissa India
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15 Responses to Going the Distance while Growing Old

  1. Madan Goyal says:

    If a person is happy with his past performance, he has a mind full of happy memories.
    If a person is content with what he has, he is happy in present.
    If a person has secured his basic needs of future life, he is not anxious.
    If a person uses his surplus time in creative & pleasant activities, he is enjoying and sowing seeds of happiness.
    If a person is taking tolerable troubles to help the needy and to improve his surroundings he is helping humanity.
    Yoga and Spirituality are two disciplines which need to be professed as much as possible and are extremely helpful in old age.
    Hence all kudos!!

  2. Dr.Binod Bihari Naik says:

    Respected Sir,

    Literally Yoga means union and Spirituality means to deal with Spirit which is nothing but energy, a constant unit and unique, never loses it identity and potency. It may transform and transfer to mechanical, electrical and magnetic forms but at last transcends to original process called Yoga. It is called long journey at soul level, medium at mental level, and very short at body level still we can’t grapse. This is the enigma in life. Baby becomes old and vice verse is Yoga and Spirituality; and one what understands it in between is Humanity.

    Thank You,
    Your Divine Brother
    Dr.Binod Bihari Naik
    Bargarh,Odisha

  3. Sir,
    Namaskar.

    Really a fantastic article regarding the post retirement life.It is an outstanding article regarding the duty of a senior citizen.It is also an article which encourage the people those who have retired.Some people get frostated and some faces a lot of problem after retirement, which some time create mental as well as emotional problem to them.I think some people are unable to manage themselves with their next generation.Their unnatural thought as well as mental dissatisfaction convert them energyless.Those crucial period should be managed only by the spiritual thought with yoga and pranayama. They always should be tension free and try to be risk free with their work which will make them good and healthy senior citizens. A nice article in which you are the living example for such type of people.

    With Regards
    Kedarnath Sahu
    Science Teacher
    Sohela Bargarh,Odisha

  4. Santhosh says:

    Dear Uncle,
    SaiRam.

    Amazing job you are doing. The age of the Heart is important than the age of the body. If the heart is kept young and active, the body will be active and enable us to explore more ourselves and also to drive deeply into the ocean of happiness and strive to keep ourselves active and making us feel young.

    The article published by you is really fantastic and as Kedarnath Sahu ji said : “It is also an article which encourage the people those who have retired”, it is really amazing uncle. Waiting to listen from you about the next articles.

    Sai bless all.
    Om SaiRam.
    Thank You,
    Santhosh KV

  5. Madhu Sudan Mahunta says:

    Dear Sir,

    I have read your articles published from Bangalore, India; New York, USA and recently from Bargarh & Bhubaneswar in Odisha, India. While going through annual review report 2012 & 2013 by WordPress.com posted in review page of your blog Yoga and Spirituality, I could view the country wise number of readers for more than 100 countries worldwide reading your blog Yoga and Spirituality. While working as Chief District Medical Officer Bargarh Orissa, your sphere of public service was confined within Bargarh District in State of Orissa. Now after retirement you are recognized as an author on the disciplines of Yoga and Spirituality not only in India but also throughout World.

    Congratulations for your extra-ordinary achievement while growing old.
    Madhu Sudan Mahunta
    Retd.B.E.E.C.H.C.Sohela
    Bargarh, Odisha

  6. Rev Sir,

    I remember one odia poem-“bruddha nuhe sehi jana pakwa kesha jara…”(He is not old only because of grey hair).Certainly growing old is not the end of chess game.In politics also maximum politicians are old people.In this retirement life you are sharing your feelings/experiences/memories etc which give mental nutrition to us.I believe “Old is Gold”.

  7. Purnima Panda says:

    Pranam kaka,

    It depends upon person’s own perspective how the post retirement life would be spent.Growing old means a life full of experience and thinking power which one can utilize to serve the society. With the flow of life, establishing own unique identity after retirement is tough. For all that we need strong will power. By engaging in various activity we could live a better, healthier life and would be a source of inspiration for all. You are always been an inspiration for us.

  8. Shashi Bhusan Pradhan says:

    Dear Sir,
    Thanks for this post.Age is just a number, healthy mind keeps human always young.
    Shashi

  9. Your article is too nice…..!! I think it will motivate to the youth society……….!!

  10. “The ageing game is a sport for which childhood, youth and maturity are no more than a preparation. Its scope comes as a surprise. It expands my life at a time when I apprehended to diminish. It demands an excellence that no longer seemed necessary. It asks me to surpass what I did at peak of my powers.”

    Quoted Beautifully. It is the Jest of the life, in a gist.

  11. 1)I FEEL TRULY THAT THIS IS NOT ONLY AN INDIVIDUAL EXPERIENCE,BUT ALSO A PRECIOUS ARTICLE FOR ALL RETIRED GOVT EMPLOYEE AND OTHER INTERESTED PERSONS AFTER SIXTY.
    2)YOGA AND SPIRITUALITY IS THE MOST PRECIOUS TREATMENT FOR ALL PHYSICAL AND MENTAL DISEASES WITH NO PRICE(TOTALLY FREE).
    3)THIS IS THE TREATMENT DEVELOPED BY OUR ANCIENT RISHIS,WHICH IS NOW BEING FOLLOWED BY ALL SECTIONS OF PEOPLE,ALL OVER THE WORLD.
    4)SPREADING THE KNOWLEDGE OF YOGA AND SPIRITUALITY THROUGH BLOG IS THE BEST NOBLE SERVICE TO THE HUMANITY AT THIS STAGE OF THE WORLD.
    5)THIS IS AN ENCOURAGEMENT TO ALL THE PEOPLE OF THE WORLD IRRESPECTIVE OF CASTE,CREED AND RELIGION;IRRESPECTIVE OF AGE,LANGUAGE,GENDER AND CULTURE AS THE YOGA IS SCIENTIFICALLY PROVED.
    6)SIR YOU ARE NOT OLD AT ALL,BECAUSE YOUR CREATIVITY IS CONTINUING.
    7)ALL THE YOUNG AND OLD MUST BE INSPIRED FROM YOUR ARHAIREBATITICLE.
    8)OUR VEDAS ADVISES US CHAIREBATI,CHAIREBATI(AGEICHALA,MARCH ON)TILL YOUR LAST BREATHE.
    9)LIFE IS A NON-ENDING PROCESS OF LEARNING AND TEACHING.
    10)I AM THANKFUL AND INSPIRED BY YOU THAT,YOU HAVE TRULY RETAINED THE DIVINE SPIRIT OF THE ANCIENT VEDIC AGE AT THIS SO CALLED MODERN TIMES.

    YOURS AFFECTIONATELY
    GURUKRUSHNA DASH
    ODISHA-766105
    MOB-9437328098
    gkdash33@gmail.com

  12. Sir,
    I have gone through your work and experience. I am proud of being a friend of u. Thank u again sir for yr fruitful sharing.

  13. Sir, plz guide us to cope with diabetes.

  14. Bikash Das says:

    I read it sir, really it’s true and after the work journey of life man should do yoga because after the age of 60 man irritatingly behaves and not for old but for every human being may be for few time he/she ought to do yoga for healthy living and healthy life.

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