āśrama आश्रम

Definition: mn. a stage in the life of a Brahman (of which there are four corresponding to four different periods or conditions, viz. 1st, brahmacārin-,"student of the veda-"; 2nd, gṛha-stha-,"householder"; 3rd, vānaprastha-,"anchorite";and 4th, saṃnyāsin-,"abandoner of all worldly concerns", or sometimes bhikṣu-,"religious beggar";in some places the law-givers mention only three such periods of religious life, the first being then omitted) etc.