Varnashramin, Varṇāśramin, Varna-ashrami, Varnashrami, Varṇāśramī, Varna-ashramin: 3 definitions


Varnashramin means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

The Sanskrit terms Varṇāśramin and Varṇāśramī can be transliterated into English as Varnasramin or Varnashramin or Varnasrami or Varnashrami, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

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Yoga (school of philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Varnashramin in Yoga glossary
Source: ORA: Amanaska (king of all yogas): A Critical Edition and Annotated Translation by Jason Birch

Varṇāśramin (वर्णाश्रमिन्) refers to “one who has caste and religious observances”, according to the Gorakṣasiddhāntasaṅgraha, a text dealing with Yoga quoting from approximately seventy-two sources including the Amanaska Yoga treatise.—Accordingly, [while describing the true Guru]: “[...] In the Amanaska, [it is said]: ‘Indeed, the guru who has transcended Kaula practices is unique and rare’. Thus, caste and religious observances (varṇāśramin) which are taught, do not exist. The [guru is one who] abandons all obligations in the practice of caste and religious observances. Moreover, the Avadhūta alone is [one who] acts according to his view of the true path. He alone is the guru [who] ought to be adopted by those desirous of liberation”.

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Yoga is originally considered a branch of Hindu philosophy (astika), but both ancient and modern Yoga combine the physical, mental and spiritual. Yoga teaches various physical techniques also known as āsanas (postures), used for various purposes (eg., meditation, contemplation, relaxation).

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[«previous next»] — Varnashramin in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Varṇāśramin (वर्णाश्रमिन्):—[from varṇāśrama > varṇa > varṇ] mfn. possessed of caste and order, [Bhāgavata-purāṇa]

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Varnashramin in German

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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family (even English!). Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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