Meaning of the system of ashrams in Hindu Dharma !

Hindu Dharma advises system of Varnashram (Varna +Ashram). Here Varna means Path of spiritual practice and not caste.
There are four ashrams viz.,

1. Brahmacharyashram,
2. Gruhasthashram,
3. Vanaprasthashram and
4. Sanyasashram.

Their respective meanings are :
1. Observing celibacy,
2. Leading family life,
3. Renouncing Gruhasthashram and staying in forest with attitude of an Ascetic and
4. Leading life of a renunciant.

Names of all the four ashrams are compound words of the word ashram. The word ashram is suffixed in each of the four cases to serve as a reminder to lead life similar to the residents of an Ashram in all the four stages of life.

– Sachchidananda Parabrahman (Dr) Jayant Athavale, Founder-Editor of ‘Sanatan Prabhat’ group of Periodicals

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