the thursday post 22.11.12

Another interesting thing of ancient Hinduism was Chaturashram, the life was divided in four unequal parts, first one was brahmacharya, at that stage a child has to leave his family and live in his Guru’s home and study. The relationship between the Guru and his disciples were family like, they called their guru and his wife father and mother and worked like family members in their households till education was over.

Then they returned home, married and started a family life, this was called Garhasthashram. Garhastha roughly translates to family in English.

In the next stage, when their children got married they used to slowly give up the control of the family to their sons and start spending most of their time in worshipping or other good deeds, this was called vanprasthashram, they stayed in the family but were almost not present.

In the final stage they used to leave the family and build small huts in the forests and live the life of a monk, fully devoted to God. This was called Sanyas.

Of course this is absolutely gone now, but the third part, that is vanprastha, if practiced can work miracle in joint families, where grown up sons have ego clash with domineering father or daughter in laws squabble with mom in laws for control. Ha ha.

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