Meaning of ASHRAMA:
These are four stages of life considered as ideal for Hindus and are part of Vamashramdharma. These are Brahmacharya (celibate student)-the boy spends upto twenty five years with a religious teacher, Grihastha (householder)-after student hood, he sets up a family and earns wealth; Vanaprastha (withdrawal)-after the children reach adulthood, the couple begins to withdraw from worldly activities and Sanyas (complete renunciation from family and worldly activities). The last years of life are spent in pursuit of Moksha as a homeless and possession less mendicant. This stage is only meant for the Dvija or the twice born castes.