- Brahmacharya, the stage of student life;
- Grihastha, the stage of householder life;
- Vanaprastha, the stage of seclusion (forest-living);
- and Sannyasa, the stage of total renunciation.
At the present moment, it is difficult to maintain or observe the exact details of the ancient rules, as the conditions have changed very much. But, if we can have a clear idea of the fundamental duties of each, we shall still be able to shape the life through a regulated course of development and steady growth…
Sri Swami Sivananda