Tauzragore This stage focused on education and included the practice of celibacy. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Each Ashrama stage places different levels of emphasis on the four proper goals of life, with different stages viewed as steps to the attainment of the ideal in Hindu philosophy, namely Moksha. We are householders and should show hospitality. The same can be said for those who are mahajans, identified by Prahlad Maharaj in the Seventh Canto of Srimad Bhagavatam.

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Every doctrine of ancient India, carved out by the ancient saints, is based on scientific and rational reasoning. However, to put them to use they needed to be socially embedded. Hence methods like, the Ashram system, were included in the Vedic society. The average life of an Indian was considered to be years. The stages of ashram life imply that an individual takes shelter in all the four stages of life depending on his age.

These stages stratify the duties that man has to practice in his lifetime. With such methodology the then contemporary society also aimed at holding the social institutions together. From an early age man was shown the paths of ethics, self-restraint, intelligence, pragmatism, love, compassion and discipline. He was guided to stay away from greed, cruelty, sloth, pride and several other vices. History of Ashrams : This system of ashramas is believed to be prevalent since the 5th century B.

According to one scholar, even in its very beginnings, after the first ashrama, a young adult could choose which of the other ashramas he would wish to pursue for the rest of his life. Today, it is not expected that a Hindu should go through the four stages, but it still stands as an important "pillar" of Hindu socio-religious tradition. Brahmacharya Ashram : Brahmacharya is a period of formal education lasting until around age 25, during which, the student leaves home to stay with a guru and attain both spiritual and practical knowledge.

During this period, he is called a Brahmachari and is prepared for his future profession, as well as for his family, and social and religious life ahead.

Grihastha Ashram : This period begins at marriage when one must undertake the responsibility for earning a living and supporting a family. This ashrama lasts until around the age of At this age, he should renounce all physical, material and sexual pleasures, retire from his social and professional life, leave his home for a forest hut, where he can spend his time in prayers.

He is allowed to take his spouse along but maintains little contact with the rest of the family. This kind of life is indeed very harsh and cruel for an aged person. Sannyasa Ashram : At this stage, a person is supposed to be totally devoted to God. He is a sannyasi, he has no home, no other attachment; he has renounced all desires, fears, hopes, duties, and responsibilities. He is virtually merged with God, all his worldly ties are broken, and his sole concern becomes attaining moksha or release from the circle of birth and death.

Suffice it to say, very few Hindus can go up to this stage of becoming a complete ascetic. When he dies, the funeral ceremonies Pretakarma are performed by his heir.

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Four Ashramas of Vedic Life - The 4 Stages of Life in Hinduism

Grih means "home, family, house", [10] while Asth means "devoted to, occupied with, being in". In ancient texts, Grihastha stage of life is said to extend from the age of about 25 to about They would build a home, raise a family, earn wealth, enjoy worldly life and participate in the society through virtues such as charity. However they hold Grihastha ashram as the highest because, explains verse III. The shared duties of four ashramas are - tenderness for all living creatures ahimsa , self-restraints , and others. All three stages are recommended as path to Brahman inner Self, Soul. In contrast, later texts [16] specify four stages of human life.



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