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Vanaprastha, or retired life, is the third spiritual stage (asrama) in the varnasrama system.
Later the wife returns home to be taken care of by her adult sons or enters widows asrama to live a retired life similar to her husband.
Aranyakas, one of the four parts of the Vedas (brahmana, samhita, aranyaka, upanisad), are especially meant for vanaprasthas.
www.veda.harekrsna.cz /encyclopedia/vanaprastha.htm   (955 words)

 The Sunday Tribune - Spectrum - Article
Vanaprastha and sanyasa and are both renunciation-oriented ashramas.
During vanaprastha, one is required to prepare for the ultimate goal of salvation through acts of service to society.
Those who are in the age group of 45-50 years will have to make the necessary plan and mental preparation for joining this constructive work quite early so that there is no vacuum in their life after retirement.
www.tribuneindia.com /2002/20020818/spectrum/main2.htm   (1313 words)

 Chapter Twelve
A person in the vanaprastha order is restricted in eating food grains and forbidden to eat fruits that have not ripened on the tree.
The entire Vedic system teaches one to avoid sex life so that one may gradually progress from brahmacarya to grhastha, from grhastha to vanaprastha, and from vanaprastha to sannyasa and thus give up material enjoyment, which is the original cause of bondage to this material world.
In spiritual life, whether one is a grhastha, vanaprastha, sannyasi or brahmacari, everyone is under the control of the spiritual master.
www.bvml.org /books/SB/07/12.html   (4756 words)

 Dharma, Artha, Kama, Moksha: Brahmacharya, Grihasthya, Vanaprastha, Sanyasa
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.
www.swami-krishnananda.org /sadh/sadh_07a.html   (1963 words)

 A Short History of Religious and Philosophic Thought in India by Swami Krishnananda
The life of the Brahmacharin commences at this stage, when he is admitted into the protection and care of a teacher (Guru) for study of the sacred lore and other branches of learning that may be regarded as necessary to him from the point of view of the class of society to which he belongs.
This is a period of preparation for the last stage of life which is the severing of oneself from all ties of worldly life (Sannyasa) and the devoting of all time to divine contemplation or acts which are conducive to this sublime aim.
The third stage of life is of the Vanaprastha and is devoted to the duty of disentangling oneself from the attractions of the world.
www.swami-krishnananda.org /hist/hist_8b.html   (1825 words)

 Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 11 Chapter 18   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
SB 11.18.3: The vanaprastha should not groom the hair on his head, body or face, should not manicure his nails, should not pass stool and urine at irregular times and should not make a special endeavor for dental hygiene.
SB 11.18.11: If the vanaprastha is overtaken by old age and because of his trembling body is no longer able to execute his prescribed duties, he should place the sacrificial fire within his heart by meditation.
SB 11.18.42: The main religious duties of a sannyasi are equanimity and nonviolence, whereas for the vanaprastha austerity and philosophical understanding of the difference between the body and soul are prominent.
www.vedabase.net /sb/11/18/en1   (2034 words)

 Vanaprastha ashrama   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Vanaprastha ashrama is one of the topics in focus at Global Oneness.
As a forest-dweller, he lives in semi-retirement at the edge of the family estate where he is separate from the family, but available in an advisory capacity as his sons take over his former duties.
The natural process of maturing from childhood to old age through fulfillment of the duties of each of the four stages of life- brahmachari (student), grihastha (householder), vanaprastha (elder advisor) and sannyasa (religious solitaire)- in pursuit of the four human goals: dharma (righteousness), artha (wealth), kama (pleasure) and moksha (liberation).
www.experiencefestival.com /vanaprastha_ashrama   (883 words)

 Four stages of life
Gruhastashrama is considered the foundation of the society, as it is responsible for the other three stages with children going through brahmacharya, parents entering vanaprastha and the sannyasis who have given up the world to teach humanity.
The third twenty-five years as vanaprastha were spent in service to humanity – the children are now grown up and you have less responsibility and you can do more social and charitable work.
However, the people in the vanaprastha period are the most suitable to act as a strong support to the young, the married and to the renunciates.
www.htccofkc.org /silvernet/four_stages_of_life.htm   (398 words)

 Impegno per un’ADOZIONE a DISTANZA   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
        “Vanaprastha Onlus” commits itself to send to the Giver the card of the boy, of the group of children adopted, of the welcome centre, of he health care centre and of the school after the first payment of the Giver.
        “Vanaprastha Onlus” is an ONLUS (Non profit organization for social benefit), which was recognised by the decree of March 1
      For all the projects "Vanaprastha Onlus" will periodically send information about the boy, or about the group of       children, or about the progress of the welcome centre, of the health care centre and of the school.
www.vanaprastha.it /vpsinglese/moduloadozione.htm   (541 words)

So vanaprastha means retired life and training for completely renouncing this worldly life.
Anyway, the vanaprastha, when the gentleman is completely educated for renouncing this world, then he sends back the wife to grown-up boys and he takes sannyasa.
But the brahmacari and the vanaprastha and sannyasi is to live at the cost the grhasthas.
www.prabhupadavani.org /Bhagavatam/text/561.html   (4845 words)

 VNN Editorial - Vanaprastha Or Divorce
I'm living separated from husband as vanaprastha since 1996; we have a legal separation agreement.
Vanaprastha doesn't require the interference of the legal fraternity and division of property etc. Also in Vanaprastha the wife is still with the husband and under his protection/control and not living independently.
While Urmila prabhu may have many faults which disqualify her from becoming a Diksha guru (she should not be one) the real problem is with the person who nominated her to this position.
www.vnn.org /editorials/ET0309/ET16-8347.html   (2367 words)

 Hinduism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Grihastya is the householder's stage, alternatively known as samsara, in which one marries and satisfies kama and artha within a married life and professional career.
Vanaprastha is gradual detachment from the material world, ostensibly giving over duties to one's children, spending more time in contemplation of the Divine, and making holy pilgrimages.
Finally, in sanyasa, the individual goes into seclusion, often envisioned as the renunciation, to find God through detachment from worldly life and peacefully shed the body for the next life.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Hinduism   (5460 words)

 Re: Guru under sons?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
By being separate from her husband even though the husband has not taken sannyasa, Urmila Devi Dasi is guilty of nisiddhacara, or behaviour contrary to Vaisnava principles.
By disguising this separation as being 'vanaprastha', Urmila Devi Dasi is guilty of kuti-nati, duplictous behaviour.
By not being aware that in the vanaprastha stage the wife is still supposed to remain and follow her husband, she is guilty of not exhibiting proficiency in knowledge and understanding of sastra (scripture).
www.audarya-fellowship.com /printthread.php?Board=hinduism&main=58736&type=post   (123 words)

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.
A man may take his wife to live with him in the Vanaprastha ashram, in which he stays until he is 70 years of age.
He is completely detached from the rest of the world giving up even those family ties allowed in Vanaprastha.
www.narasimhan.com /SK/Culture/heritage/bel_ashram.htm   (912 words)

 Vanaprastha: Spiritual Yoga Dictionary III on Vanaprastha
Vanaprastha: The third ashrama, or stage of life in Classical India.
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Vanaprastha is one of the topics in focus at Global Oneness.
www.experiencefestival.com /a/Vanaprastha/id/122675   (404 words)

 Hinduism and ashramadharma   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
They are brahmacharya (stage of studentship), grihasta (the stage of a householder), vanaprastha (stage of a forest dweller) and sanyasa (stage of renunciation).
The next stage is Vanaprastha or the stage of forest dweller.
Remember Vanaprastha is not an escape but a kind of retirement.
www.hinduwebsite.com /hinduism/h_ashramas.htm   (795 words)

Vanaprastha tidaklah diartikan sebagai meninggalkan rumah lalu pergi menyepi ke hutan untuk bertapa, tetapi vanaprastha dimaknai sebagai hidup yang hening dan suci, sedikit demi sedikit melepaskan diri dari ikatan keduniawian, dan menguatkan pengendalian diri berdasarkan ajaran Agama Hindu.
Orang yang melaksanakan vanaprastha disebut vanaprasthin, hendaknya selalu menjaga kesucian dan kesehatan jasmani/rohani, banyak melakukan pekerjaan mulia, bijaksana, bersahabat, berbicara manis dan menyenangkan, melakukan sadhana, melaksanakan latihan-latihan kerohanian (yoga), melakukan berbagai "vrata" atau pengekangan diri, suka belajar dan bergaul pada orang-orang suci (Sulinggih), sering me-dharma yatra, dll.
Dalam masa vanaprastha, diupayakan untuk melengkapi kekurangan-kekurangan bidang spiritual di masa sebelumnya yaitu masa brahmacari dan grhastha.
www.iloveblue.com /bali_gaul_funky/artikel_bali/detail/28.htm   (3129 words)

When his children are fully grown, around the age of fifty, he must then take vanaprastha order of life, retiring from the household.
Bramacharia, grihastha, vanaprastha, sannyasa, and paramahansa is not a competition with the smartha section; everyone should not aspire for brahmana.
In the Vanaprastha ashram, tapasya [austerity] is one of the main criteria.
www.wva-vvrs.org /mag/mag3a.htm   (5399 words)

 Vanaprastha   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
3) the period of religious seclusion or vanaprastha, usually passed in a vana (forest), a period of inner spiritual recollection and meditation on philosophical and religious matters; and
Vanaprastha: The Brahmacharin or the Celibate Student in Sanatana Dharma
Brahmacharya is the period of study and discipline.
www.experiencefestival.com /vanaprastha/page/2   (1275 words)

 Panchangam: Hindu Calendar-http://mailerindia.com.
The third stage of life must be passed in the service of the nation, and community and for the welfare of the self through gaining of knowledge.
This third stage of life is called as the Vanaprastha.
In the present time Human life has come to be confined within hostel, hotel and hospital.
mailerindia.com /cgi-bin/main.cgi?vanaprastha   (486 words)

 Kundika Upanishad
Then (at the end of the householder’s life) he shall kindle the sacred fire (for renunciation) bravely and perform a sacrifice lasting a day and night in which Brahma, etc., are the deities.
One reaches the stage of forest-life (Vanaprastha) after having maintained the sacred fire (as a householder).
He goes to lead the forest-life with self-control accompanied by his wife as though he were a person attached to her.
www.geocities.com /advaitavedant/kundika.htm   (1403 words)

 BANGLAPEDIA: Ashrama   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Brahmacharya: After the sacred thread ceremony (Upanayana), the young boy was assigned to a guru to study the scriptures.
Vanaprastha: At the mature age of approximately fifty, after completing most of his duties as a family man, generally after the birth of grandsons, the man was supposed to retire to a forest and pass the time praying, worshipping, serving guests and living on alms.
Sannyasa: After the age of approximately seventy years, the man was supposed to cast off all worldly possession and turn into a recluse.
banglapedia.org /HT/A_0329.HTM   (163 words)

Als vanaprastha wird in der vedischen Kultur der dritte Lebensabschnitt eines Menschen bezeichnet.
Aber zumindest ein Grundprinzip, das dem vanaprastha zugrunde liegt, ist auch uns Europäern vertraut.
Wer den Sinn des vanaprastha verwirklichen möchte, sollte daher keine Versicherungsleistungen annehmen, ohne zu erkennen, dass darin keine dauerhafte Sicherheit zu finden ist.
www.ourswiss.ch /namaste/YogaWelt/zuerueckgezogen.html   (847 words)

 The Mahabharata, Book 12: Santi Parva: Rajadharmanusasana Parva: Section LXVI
By honouring those that are righteous and deserving of worship and protecting those that have (by their penances) acquired it knowledge of self, a king, O tiger among men, attains to the object of the Garhasthya mode of life.
That king, O son of Kunti, in whom no virtue is wanting, that foremost of men, O Yudhishthira, is said by the learned to be a person in the observance of the Vanaprastha and all the other modes of life.
That king who duly honours the office or rank which deserves honour, the race or family which deserves honour, and those old men that deserve honour is said, O Yudhishthira, to live in all the modes of life.
www.ibiblio.org /sripedia/ebooks/mb/m12/m12a065.htm   (1412 words)

 "Ksatriya" is the warrior/political type in Manu's Dharma Shastra. Sacred Word Trust
In the Vanaprastha stage of life a man begins to turn within and enters into semi-seclusion.
The word ksatriya should be understood to refer to the group of people that is concerned with the political, the administrative and the military affairs of the state.
The stage of life corresponding to the Ksatriya is called the "Vanaprastha" asrama of life.
ksatriya.info   (869 words)

 WHAT HAS BEEN ACCOMPLISHED ALREADY   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
In the area surrounding Vanaprastha there are 18 villages each with between 100 to 250 families.
The Alessandro Sinatra Centre at present houses 30 children all from disastrous family situations: orphans, children whose parents are in prison, children from the streets.
For them, being at Vanaprastha signifys “living”, to find a home and the love of a family.
www.amicidiale.org /english/accomplishedalready.htm   (294 words)

 ::.. ROTARY COMMUNITY - VANAPRASTHA .:::   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Unless something is done to these people, they get frustrated and lead a life of dejection.
The Rotary Community Service Trust, therefore, launched a massive project of constructing a "Home for the Senior Citizens" including old couples, called "Vanaprastha" to care the old citizens in the society.
The response to this venture was also immense and the donations came from the local people as well as NRIs.
www.rotaryeyecarevyr.org /vanaprasta.htm   (246 words)

For social upkeep there are four asramas, namely brahmacari, grhastha, vanaprastha, sannyasa.
Catur-varna, four classes then, among the varnas, there are four classes: brahmacari, grhastha, vanaprastha, and sannyasa.
After grhastha there is vanaprastha and then sannyasa; brahmacari, grhastha, vanaprastha, sannyasa.
www.prabhupadavani.org /Bhagavatam/text/300.html   (1913 words)

Vanaprastha - the third asrama or stage of life in the varnasrama system; retired life which entails freedom from family responsibilities and the acceptance of spiritual vows.
There are four Asramas or stages in life, viz., Brahmacharya or the period of studentship, Grihastha or the stage of the householder, Vanaprastha or the stage of the forest-dweller or hermit, and Sannyasa or the life of renunciation or asceticism.
Vanaprastha: Sanskrit Hinduism Dictionary III on vanaprastha (vaanaprastha)
www.experiencefestival.com /vanaprastha   (631 words)

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