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  NationMaster - Encyclopedia: Grihastha   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-29)
It is the second in the four phases of a man, namely, Brahmacharya, Grihastha, Vanaprastha, and finally Sanyasa, as prescribed by Manusmriti for the Dhwija castes, in the Hindu system of life.
These are: Brahmacharya, for studying; Grihastha as a married man and householder; Vanaprastha, for performing penance in a forest; and Sanyasa, for renouncing worldly attachments.
The next 25 years are spent in the Grihastha ashram, where a man uses the knowledge he gained as a student to live a complete life and enjoys worldly pleasures without a sense of guilt.
www.nationmaster.com /encyclopedia/Grihastha   (317 words)

  
 * Grihastha - (Yoga): Definition
Grihastha ashrama is the householder stage, which starts from 25 years and lasts till 50 years.
Grihastha: â s' r a m a of the married.
Grihastha: A person at the second of the four stages of life, the stage of the householder.
en.mimi.hu /yoga/grihastha.html   (232 words)

  
 Sai Baba of India -Sai Baba quotes on householder - family person - sayings of Sai Baba-maxim's of Sai Baba
Dharma is elaborated in a variety of forms known sometimes by the person who codified it (Manudharma), sometimes by the group which followed it (Varnadharma), sometimes by the stage of life to which it is applied (Grihasthadharma).
Even if one is leading the grihastha life in the midst of the family, if he has achieved victory over the senses he is a real thapasvi.
The grihastha who strictly adheres to his ashrama dharma is worthy of the greatest respect.
www.saibabaofindia.com /sai_baba_quotes_on_householder.html   (925 words)

  
  Family Matters | namahatta.org
To know such fundamentals of the grihastha asrama is an integral part of spiritual realization, not because it’s in itself something spiritual, but because it’s a social organization problematic to spiritual realization.
The distinction is that for the grihasthas the fundamental goal is spiritual realization, while for the grihamedhis the aim is to get a beautiful wife or a handsome husband and enjoy each other.
In this category—the grihasthas— there could be some short circuits at times, because the body is there, the senses are there, and the karma is there.
namahatta.org /nh2/index.php?q=en/node/215   (6268 words)

  
 culture
These are: Brahmacharya, for studying; Grihastha as a married man and householder; Vanaprastha, for performing penance in a forest; and Sanyasa, for renouncing worldly attachments.
He remains a Grihastha until his son's son is born, his hair has turned gray, or when he is about 50 years of age.
The next 25 years are spent in the Grihastha ashram, where a man uses the knowledge he gained as a student to live a complete life and enjoys worldly pleasures without a sense of guilt.
narasimhan.com /SK/Culture/heritage/bel_ashram.htm   (912 words)

  
 Sri Sathya Sai Baba Dharma Vahini   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-29)
The Grihastha not only feeds and clothes the others, but he also provides facilities for the study of the Vedas.
In the Manusmrithi, in the Naradaparivraajakopanishad and other such texts, it is mentioned that in some instances, Grihastha who adheres to Dharma is reckoned as the highest type of man, while in some other texts it is laid down that only sages who have renounced everything deserve worship.
Rajarshis like Janakachakravarthi, Aswapathi, Dileepa reached the Goal while continuing in the Grihastha stage; in that stage they struggled and succeeded in removing all obstacles that hindered the winning of the Grace of the Lord; they had as goal the Godhead they wanted to reach.
www.saibaba.ws /vahini/dharmavahini/dharmavahini08.htm   (1397 words)

  
 Sai Baba of India -Sai Baba quotes on householder - family person - sayings of Sai Baba-maxim's of Sai Baba
Dharma is elaborated in a variety of forms known sometimes by the person who codified it (Manudharma), sometimes by the group which followed it (Varnadharma), sometimes by the stage of life to which it is applied (Grihasthadharma).
Even if one is leading the grihastha life in the midst of the family, if he has achieved victory over the senses he is a real thapasvi.
The grihastha who strictly adheres to his ashrama dharma is worthy of the greatest respect.
home20.inet.tele.dk /saibabaofindia/sai_baba_quotes_on_householder.html   (925 words)

  
 Salient Features, Series 3: Grihasthashram (Family Life)
Grihastha life has been recommended by the Master not for the pleasures and the joys that it promises so much as for the idea of love that it creates in you - the real love - and for the sacrifice that it helps you to make.
They have not been able to generate love sufficiently to overcome their problems, and they have not been able to make sacrifices enough to assure harmonious existence, and that should be a lesson.
It should be an eye-opener to the younger generation that it is not marriage per se which is at fault, it is not grihastha life which is at fault, it is the way that life is handled, which is at fault.
www.sahajmarg.org /smrti/education/publications/salfeatures/series3/grihasthashram/grihasthashram1.html   (771 words)

  
 The Hindu : Ancient wisdom for modern times
Grihastha means householder and usually refers to the period between 24 and 48 years of age.
It is regarded as a means to spiritual glory, a sine qua non for the development of lineage — a necessary link between the dead past and an unborn future that must come alive to be undertaken as part of spiritual duty with devotion (shraddha) to perpetuate the family tradition.
Marriage is an integral part of Grihastha for it is said that no ritual is efficacious without the presence of the wife, the Sahadharmini.
www.hindu.com /thehindu/mp/2003/02/10/stories/2003021001630300.htm   (1717 words)

  
 Sathya Sai Baba - Dharma Vahini - VIII - Page 33   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-29)
As all living beings depend upon air for their existence, the other three Asramas are dependent on the Grihastha.
The Grihastha not only feeds and clothes the others, but he also provides facilities for the study of the Vedas.
In the Manusmrithi, in the Naradaparivraajakopanishad and other such texts, it is mentioned that in some instances, Grihastha who adheres to Dharma is reckoned as the highest type of man, while in some other texts it is laid down that only sages who have renounced everything deserve worship.
laluni.helloyou.ws /askbaba/dharmavahini/dharma33.html   (310 words)

  
 Grihastha dharma: Hindu - Hinduism Dictionary on Grihastha dharma
In general, grihastha dharma begins with the completion of the period of studentship and extends throughout the period of raising a family (called the grihastha ashrama).
Grihasthas must support the religion by building and maintaining temples, monasteries and other religious institutions, supporting the monastics and disseminating the teachings.
Grihastha dharma is one of the topics in focus at Global Oneness.
www.experiencefestival.com /a/Grihastha_dharma/id/59625   (901 words)

  
 Sri Sathya Sai Baba Prasnottara Vahini   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-29)
Of the four Asramas, the Brahmacharya, the Grihastha, the Vaanaprastha and the Sanyasa, which is basically important?
In the Sruthis, the Narada Parivrajakopanishad and in the Manudharmasastra, it is declared that a Grihastha who strictly adheres to his Asramadharma is worthy of the greatest respect.
Engaged in Karma that is not condemned, he is entitled to become a Jnani.
www.saibaba.ws /vahini/prasnottaravahini/prasnottaravahini11.htm   (821 words)

  
 ESSAY   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-29)
It is also considered to be a ladder of four steps which ensures growth and development of the inner as well as the outer aspect of the individual’s life in a very scientific and rational way.
The householder spends twenty five years of his life in the Grihastha ashrama where he is allowed to accumulate wealth, fulfil sexual urges and enjoy legitimate pleasures.
If the Brahmacharya ashrama is a stage of initiation which starts right from a tender age, the Grihastha ashrama is the second stage of life where those not willing to remain a religious celibate shoulder household responsibilities, while the Vanprastha ashrama is a stage of semi-retirement and the Sannyãsa ashrama a stage of complete renunciation.
pages.intnet.mu /hindu/99/ESSAY.htm   (6424 words)

  
 Dharma, Artha, Kama, Moksha: Brahmacharya, Grihasthya, Vanaprastha, Sanyasa
The sanyasin is not isolated from the brahmacharin, grihastha, or the vanaprastha.
The brahmacharin is the seed that develops into the practical experience of a grihastha in life, which again matures into the detached existence of a vanaprastha, which again matures into the total comprehension of the spirit in sanyasa.
These are some of the traditional features of a spiritual life - the methods of the harmonising of the principles of dharma, artha, kama and moksha connected with the principles involved in the stages of the brahmacharin, grihastha, vanaprastha and sanyasin, all which commingle in a sea of comprehension which is the maintenance of God-consciousness.
www.swami-krishnananda.org /sadh/sadh_07a.html   (1963 words)

  
 Sathya Sai Baba - Prasnottara Vahini - XI - Asramas and Varnas
A. As all living things are dependent on the Pranavayu (life-giving breath), so are all Asramas dependent on the Grihastha.
In the Sruthis, the Narada Parivrajakopanishad and in the Manudharmasastra, it is declared that a Grihastha who strictly adheres to his Asramadharma is worthy of the greatest respect.
A. Whatever be the Asrama, if the person follows the Dharma laid down for that stage and carries it out in practice and steadfastly yearns for Liberation, he can get it; there is no doubt.
laluni.helloyou.ws /askbaba/prasnottaravahini/prasnottara11.html   (825 words)

  
 Hare Krishna Cultural Journal: GBC
As long as the GBC does not directly link the development of the grihastha ashram with their top objectives (like preaching, for example), the grihastha ashram will continue to be seen as a personal and institutional impediment.
These are the kinds of things that need to be part of a serious discussion about the future of the grihastha ashram, and in the GBC level discussions so far they are conspicuous by their absence.
To break out of their vicious cycle of self-perpetuating emergencies, the GBC at least has to step back from the ones that are truly a matter of theology and deal with them for what they are rather than jumping to a vote on them.
www.siddhanta.com /gbc/index.html   (3191 words)

  
 Hinduism Today | Dharma | January/February/March, 2006
Those on the grihastha path pursue all four goals, and the way they do so changes according to their age or ashrama in life.
For the grihastha, in the first ashrama, brahmacharya, age 12-24, the primary focus is on studying at school and preparing for profession and married life.
In the second ashrama, grihastha, age 24-48, the primary focus is raising a family and fulfilling a career.
www.hinduismtoday.com /archives/2006/1-3/37-52_two_paths.shtml   (8482 words)

  
 Regarding Sannyasa by Swami Krishnananda
Sannyasa is a consummating process in the development of life through the preceding stages of Brahmacharya, Grihastha and Vanaprastha, these stages being the maturity of the content of consciousness until it reaches a universal gamut in the stage of Sannyasa.
Grihasthas do not give donation foolishly, because they know the value of the donation which will benefit them also.
The Grihastha is supposed to feed the Sannyasin out of the facilities he has which he can easily share without diminishing his own needs.
www.swami-krishnananda.org /disc/disc_30.html   (698 words)

  
 The Hammer - 18
Although grihasthas (married devotees) are permitted to associate with the opposite sex, that association is also restricted to associating to beget children.
A grihastha who lives according to the rules and regulations of Vedic injunctions is considered also to be a brahmachari (celibate student).
Those who do not abide by the Vedic injunctions in the grihastha ashram are called grihamedhis (those who have made the central interest of their life sense enjoyment).
www.hansadutta.com /HAMMER/ham18.html   (1163 words)

  
 The Laws of Spiritual Development
That one can be called grihastha who having reached certain age in the current incarnation possesses own household and family, is able of supporting materially not only oneself but also others and has raised children.
For such a grihastha his or her “family” is all his/her followers, or all people of the Earth.
This is a still higher execution of the grihastha’s functions, ascent to the next stage of social activity.
autobiography.swami-center.org /page_19.shtml   (3946 words)

  
 Householder (and related topics)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-29)
Shri Ramakrishnan, Giri and Vidyasankar (with only slight variations) say that while being a grihastha, one may be a jnani, but that is highly improbable.
The only obstacle is the mind, in whichever ashrama (grihastha or sannyasa) the person is in.
As far as I know, there is no mention of sannyasa *ashrama* as such in upanishhads, either as a requirement for a jnani or as a way of life at a young age.
www.advaita-vedanta.org /archives/advaita-l/1997-August/007237.html   (770 words)

  
 The Fullness of Human Experience - Chapter Nine, page 3 - Rudhyar Archival Project
During the first stage, the child and adolescent develops his or her innate capacities as a member of homo sapiens and of a particular culture, family, and social class.
It ends when the human being, having "come of age," marries and devotes all that he or she has built to the perpetuation of the sociocultural and religious order according to the function that his or her birth-situation has determined — the person's individual share in the karma of humanity.
During the second stage, grihastha, the mature being and the spiritual identity behind the physical embodiment are drawn into a series of organized productive activities, biological and sociocultural.
www.khaldea.com /rudhyar/fhe/fhe_c9_p3.shtml   (1273 words)

  
 Nama-hatta.org
Therefore those directly involved in family life-as well as those who have to come in touch with those directly involved-should know about the fundamental principles and values on which family relations are based.
To know such fundamentals of the grihastha asrama is an integral part of spiritual realization, not because it's in itself something spiritual, but because it's a social organization propaedeutical to spiritual realization.
In this way this asrama is fundamental and is not completely avoidable even for those who desire to live as brahmacaris-a very noble commitment and intention.
members.lycos.co.uk /namahatta/CP15_Family.php   (955 words)

  
 Indian culture and tradition
Content is grouped by "stages in life" ie, Brahmacharyam (Bachelorhood), Vivaaham (Marriage), Grihastha (householder) and Sanyaasam (Abstinence).
As life progresses from one stage to another, it is but natural that we swim towards the cyclical attractions of the 3 gunas - Tamas (sleep/laziness), Rajas(passion/activity) and sattva(goodness).
A Grihastha cannot afford to wade wholly in tamasic values as his work productivity will be affected.
indianparents.net /index.html   (576 words)

  
 December 2005 - Significance of Grihastha Ashrama or Married Life
Divine life is not meant for Sanyasins only, but it is meant for Grihasthas also.
Grihasthashrama was conceived of as a wonderful means of preparing oneself for whole time quest after Truth.
Thus the Grihastha single handedly supports the other Ashramas.
www.sivanandadlshq.org /discourse/dec2005.htm   (929 words)

  
 grihastha
The duties of a man in this phase of life include raising children, caring for the family, performing the 5 daily sacrifices (Pancha Maha Yajna) and being a responsible member of the society.
During Grihastha ashram a man uses the knowledge he gained in his previous ashram (Brahmacharya) to live a complete life and enjoy worldly pleasures, without a sense of guilt.
He remains a Grihastha until his son's son is born, say by the age of 50-55.
www.globalmatrimonynet.com /articles/grihastha.htm   (940 words)

  
 Yoga Malika - Portal of Peace & Happiness
It is said in the Vedas that everyone must go through four ashramas or stages of life -- brahmachari, grihastha, vanaprastha and sanyasa -- and the final one through which one attains moksha or reaches the Lord is sanyasa.
Grihastha is glorified as giving sustenance to the other three ashramas who live on the biksha of grihasthas.
Therefore grihastha ashrama is supposed to be the pillar that provides support for the other three ashramas.
www.yogamalika.org /GuruPurnima2.html   (1535 words)

  
 VNN World - Femininity Honored
Thus in the traditional grihastha asrama the husband protects the wife by keeping her and the family safe, spiritually on track, and provided for.
When such a person later enters the renounced order of sannyasa (generally he avoids the grihastha asrama), he is a repository of unrealized knowledge, he is unable to establish heartfelt relationships, and, although vacuous inwardly, outwardly he stubbornly refuses to see his own shortcomings.
When this brahmachari enters the grihastha asrama, his dominating male ego is tempered by his wife=D5s precious qualities of femininity.
www.vnn.org /world/9808/10-1989/index.html   (9706 words)

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