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  • n. The second (householder) ashrama in Hindu spiritual life


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  • Upanishad that a grihastha, acquiring wealth by honest means, should perform sacrifices; he should always give something in charity, should perform the rites of hospitality unto all arriving at his abode, and should never use anything without giving a portion thereof to others.

    The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa Translated into English Prose Adi Parva

  • When he was about eighteen his father died, and he soon afterwards married Lachhmi Debi, daughter of Balabhadra Achârjya, and entered on the career of a _grihastha_ or householder, taking in pupils whom he instructed in ordinary secular learning.

    Chaitanya and the Vaishnava Poets

  • The brahmacharya may be manifested as a poised gentle grihastha or as a total celibate.

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  • I want 'grihastha sannyasis'-men leading the full life in the world but when the need arises will renounce everything at the call of duty. "



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