Any of the four stages of an ideal life, ascending from the status of pupil to the total renunciation of the world.
- A Hindu's lifetime is divided into four stations (ashramas).
- This stage in life was known as the brahmacharya ashrama.
- Bhishma is entombed in a perpetual brahmacharya ashrama, the first of the four stages in a human being's life.
From Sanskrit āśrama.
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