A smriti (set of rules) that sustained society in one age may choke it in another age. As socioeconomic conditions change, laws and regulations need to be recast and reinterpreted. Otherwise, they result in strangling the social organism.
If the bark that protects the tree fails to grow and expand along with the growth of the tree, it will choke the tree; and if it is a living tree, it will shed that bark and grow a new living bark for itself.
Source: The message of the Upanishads by Swami Ranganathananda (page 9)
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