Definition - What does Grihastha mean?

Grihastha is a Sanskrit word meaning “householder.” In Hinduism, it is the second of four life stages that an individual completes in order to fully develop as a person. In this stage, the individual devotes his/her time to working, maintaining their home and raising a family.

Within a deep or advanced spiritual yoga practice, some may surrender this part of life in order to devote themselves to the practice and teaching of yoga.

Yogapedia explains Grihastha

Grihastha is considered the most materialistic stage as the focus is on providing for family and safety. Yogis who decide to forego this stage instead dedicate their life to spiritual, non-materialistic pursuits.

Many gurus and spiritual teachers that choose to bypass this stage enter directly into sannyasa, the stage of life that is centered on spiritual endeavors and letting go of worldly objectives. This stage involves voluntary retreat from one's worldly responsibilities and renunciation of material comforts.

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