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  • The institution of caste.

    December 16, 2007

  • While Caste does figure in this, the Varnashrama is more a description of the four stages/ashrams in the life of a Brahman -

    as a bachelor, - Brahmachari

    as a husband/family man - Grihasta

    as a senior citizen, beginning his journey towards the final destination - Vanaprasta

    as a monk, cut off from everybody - Sanyasi

    December 17, 2007

  • Thanks, Ravages! I took the definition from MW3, which obviously didn't do it justice.

    December 17, 2007