Legend tells us that the Gods and the Demons together churned the vast ocean of milk- this was the famous Samudra- manthan. Out of this churning came fourteen treasures, the last to appear being Amrut, the nectar of immortality. The pot of Amrut was hidden by the Gods at four places, Prayag (Allahabad), Haridwar, Ujjain and Nasik- where the Kumbh- mela is celebrated four times- once at each place- every twelve years.
The idea of immortality has fascinated people over the centuries resulting in many legends. The Fountain of Youth is one such legend. This is a spring which restores the youth of those who drink from it. There are tales of such fountains in many countries around the world.
A few years ago I saw a movie- Tuck Everlasting – which tells the story of a family- the members of which have drunk the waters of such a youth-restoring spring. However, despite having obtained eternal youth, their lives are far from happy. The father tells Winnie- a young girl in love with the son-that she should not fear death. ‘You do not have to live forever, you just have to live’.
In the end she decides not to drink the water of immortality but to simply live life to the fullest.
So, what do you think? Would you like to live forever?
Do you have some ‘mission’ to fulfil, and would like to live forever to see it completed?
Would you get tired of doing all your favourite things over and over again?
If you could choose one age at which to live forever, which would it be- Twenty? Thirty? Forty? Fifty?
What about health? Suppose you had a choice- between being sick but immortal, and dying young, but being healthy till the end. What would you choose?
It is said- अति सर्वत्र वर्जयेत् l Too much of even a good thing becomes intolerable. Would it be so in the case of eternal life?
Would you choose, as Winnie in ‘Tuck Everlasting’ did, to simply live, not live forever?
What do you think?