Meaning Of Asrama Hinduism Four Stages of Life


This is the meaning of the term Asrama used in Hindu texts, including the Vedas, Bhagavad Gita.

This is the term used along with Varna as Varnasrama Dharma.

While Varna addresses Dispositions of individuals in general, Asrama denotes the stage at which the individual finds himself in Life.

Manu On Vanaprastha Asrama Present Day


Sanyasa, when one relinquishes everything and contemplates on the Self, Reality.

When does one know when he has reached the stage of Vanaprastha?

““When a householder sees his skin wrinkled and his hair white, and sees the birth of his grandsons, then he may resort to the forest …. either committing his wife to his sons or accompanied by her”

Grahathastu Yada Pasyadi Vali palitam atmanah ,

Apatasyaiva Capatyam tatdarnyam samasrayet .Manu 6.2

What one is expected to do?