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Indian caste system explanation diagram accord...

Indian caste system explanation diagram according to Homo Hierarchicus Traditional Chinese version. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Asrama (also ashrama)

In the Sanskrit language of Hinduism asrama in its simplest form means “path” or “stage.”

The term also refers to the traditional belief, stemming from the Veda, that spiritual aspirants belong to different castes. And the privileged “twice born” castes ideally proceed through four different asrama, or stages of life.

These stages are: brahmacharya, garhashtya, vanaprashta and sannyasa.

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