This will keep Nature pure. Nature should keep continuously flowing.
If a stream begins to stagnate, it stinks. It is the same with ashrama-dharma.
Every man starts with his family. For the sake of growth he submits
himself to the bonds of family. Here he acquires many kinds of
experience. But if, having become a family man, he gets caught in it
permanently, he will be destroyed. Being
part of a family, which was dharma at first, now becomes adharma;
for now that dharma has become a thing that binds him down.
If, out of attachment, he does not
give up this old dharma, then a terrible situation arises.
One should not have attachment even to a good thing. From
attachment come cruel tragedies. If the germs of tuberculosis enter
our lungs, unawares, they consume our whole life from within. In the
same way, if the germs of attachment, through our carelessness;
enter our saattvik actions, then svadharma will rot
Even in that sattvik svadharma
the evil odor of rajas and tamas will spread.
Therefore, the family, the changing Svadharma should slip off
from us at the right time. The same applies to national dharma
too. If, even in national dharma, out of attachment we begin
to think of the good of our nation alone, this patriotism may itself
be an obstacle to our development. When attachment gets a footing in
our hearts, our downfall begins.