In fact there is a seven-year cycle in each life. We change each seven years — one cycle is complete. And all great changes happen between the end of one cycle and the beginning of the second cycle.
First, at the age of seven the child is no longer a child; a totally different world starts. Up to then he was innocent. Now he starts learning the cunningness of the world, the cleverness, all the deceptions, games; he starts learning to be pseudo, he starts wearing masks. The first layer of falsity starts surrounding him.
At the age of fourteen, sex, which was never a problem up to now suddenly arises in his being…and his world changes, utterly changes! For the first time he becomes interested in the other sex…. A totally new vision of life arises and he starts dreaming and fantasizing. And this way it goes on….
At the age of twenty-one, again: now a power trip, an ego trip, ambition — now he is ready to go into some power trip, to attain more money, to become more famous, this and that. That is the age of twenty-one; again a cycle is complete.
At the age of twenty-eight, again — he becomes settled, starts thinking of security, comfort, the bank balance. So hippies are right if they say, “Don’t trust anybody beyond thirty.” In fact they should say twenty-eight, because that is the time when a person becomes straight.
By the age of thirty-five again a change starts happening, because thirty-five is almost the peak of life. If a man is going to die at seventy, which is normal, then thirty-five seems to be the peak. The bigger cycle has come halfway and a man starts thinking of death, starts being afraid. Fear arises. This is the age, between thirty-five and forty-two, where ulcers and blood pressure, heart attacks and all sorts of things happen — because of the fear. Fear creates all these things — cancer, TB…. A man becomes prone to all sorts of accidents because the fear has entered into his being_ Now death seems to be coming close: he has taken the first step towards death the day he passes thirty-five.
At the age of forty-two a person starts becoming religious. Now death is not an intellectual thing; he becomes more and more alert about it and wants to do something, really do something — because if he waits anymore it will be too late…. At the age of forty-two a person needs some religion, just as at the age of fourteen he needed a woman or she needed a man to relate to. Sexual relationship was needed; exactly the same happens at forty-two — now a religious relationship is needed. One needs a God, a master, somewhere to surrender, somewhere to go and unburden oneself.
At the age of forty-nine a person becomes settled about religion. The search is over, he settles.
At the age of fifty-six, if things go naturally and a person follows his rhythm, a person will start attaining a few glimpses of the divine.
At the age of sixty-three, if everything goes naturally, he will have his first satori. And if this happens at the age of sixty-three, that he has had his first satori, he will die a beautiful death at the age of seventy. Then death will not be death — it will be a door to the divine, it will be a meeting with the beloved.”