The Asrama System

Author: Patrick Olivelle
Subtitle: The History and Hermeneutics of a Religious Institution
No of Pages: 286
Edition: 1st
Year of Publication: 1993
File Size: 19 MB
Permission: Sourced from A Handful of Leaves Library (
Blurb: A'srama is the system of 4 distinct ways of leading a religious life: as a celibate student, a married householder, a forest hermit, and a world renouncer. The author argues that this system is a theological construct. It should be carefully distinguished from the socio-religious institutions.
Notes: Index. Bibliography. Glossary