How long did ancient Indians live?

The stories talk of people who lived for thousands of years. My grandmother used to always bless me to prosper for a thousand years and start a thousand families.

Is this something that we can take literally? Or is it something that we should take as a beautiful thought?

The oldest living modern human is a French person who is 122 years old. My own great-grandmother died when I was 15 and she was 98 years old. (She herself tried telling everyone that she was 100 years old).

In Indian Astrology, Purnayu or a complete life is considered to be 120 years old.

So we shall take it, that all the Chiranjeevas or the “Long-Lived Ones” lived for 120 years – give or take a few years. We won’t take the thousands of years number literally.

How many generations would a Chiranjeeva or a Long-Lived One, see?

My great-grandmother saw 5 generations on her daughter’s side and nearly 5 generations on her son’s side. That means, herself, her child, her grandchild, her great-grand child, and her great-great grand child. And she only lived to a hundred. IF she had lived another 20 years, she may have seen six or seven generations.

She was married when she was 7 years old and her first child when she was but 14. If you check about your great grand parents, you will find that they also were married when they were children, and they had children by the time they were teenagers. This was expected.

So let us expect that the Chiranjeevas had their first child when they were 15 years old, their first grand child when they were 30 years old and so on.

Age  in Years: 15 30 45 60 75 90 105 120

Generations:   1   2   3   4   5  6    7   8

Vyasa was a Chiranjeeva. Counting Vyasa as 1, we can accept that he saw his 7th generation descendant.

Just as my great-grandmother knew me., I knew her too. I knew my father, his father and his mother. My grandfather was the sixth and last child of my great grand mother, born when she was  25 years old. (I had my first and only child when I was 25 years old. If I live long enough, I may see my great grand children at the most.  Because, now people marry in their twenties and have children in their late twenties or early thirties. 25 50 75 100. )

So Vyasa could have known 7 generations before him too.

Age  in Years: 15 30 45 60 75 90 105 120.

Generations:   1   2   3   4   5  6    7  8

Age  in Years:                              15 30 45 60 75 90 105 120.

Generations:                                 1   2   3   4   5  6    7  8

7 generations is called Yedu Taralu in Telugu, and it is called Saath Peediya in Hindi.

For marriages and for other things, you only need to look back 7 generations. When you save money, you need only care for 7 generations.

Vyasa could have known Chiranjeevis of the previous generations.

He could have known 7 generations back and 7 generations forward., but not much more than that, assuming that he lived 120 years and not thousands of years.

This is a very important conclusion that we have just drawn.

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