“In the earlier parts of your life, up through your mid-years,
you switch identity from ego to soul by doing spiritual practices. 
In aging, life itself takes over a bit more.  It becomes the practice
that takes you to the soul.  Aging is the stage of transition and
change.  The change that occurs is from being the ego, which has
so many motives, to the soul, which has only one motive.  The soul’s
one goal is to meld with the Beloved, the One.” 

               -Ram Dass in JOURNEYING EAST, by V.J. Dimidjian