The goal of the grihastha ashrama and other ashramas :
- An ashrama is a place where one takes shelter of the Supreme Lord. Therefore, the goal of all ashramas is to take the shelter of the Lord.
- Grihastha ashrama is “griha stitha ashrama” or in other words, a place where one has taken shelter of the Lord by staying in a home, living with family mem bers but keeping Lord Krishna in the centre.
- All the four ashramas are equal in terms of importance that is given to the principle of taking ashraya or shelter of the Lord.
- Performing devotional service to the Lord Hari is the only purpose of life. There is no other purpose.
from Grihastha Manual – released at Sri SRi Radha Gopinath mandir, Mumbai (2003)