cabbisa vatsara chila grhastha-asrame
panca-vimsati varse kaila yati-dharme
cabbisa—twenty-four; vatsara—years; chila—He remained; grhastha—householder life; asrame—the order of; panca—five; vimsati—twenty; varse—in the year; kaila—did; yati-dharme—accepted the sannyasa order.
Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu remained in householder life for twenty-four years, and on the verge of His twenty-fifth year He accepted the sannyasa order.
There are four orders of spiritual life, namely, brahmacarya, grhastha, vanaprastha and sannyasa, and in each of these asramas there are four divisions. The divisions of the brahmacary-asrama are savitrya, prajapatya, brahma and brhat, and the divisions of the grhasthasrama are varta (professionals), sancaya (accumulators), salina (those who do not ask anything from anyone) and silonchana (those who collect grains from the paddy fields). Similarly, the divisions of the vanaprasthasrama are vaikhanasa, valakhilya, audumbara and phenapa, and the divisions of sannyasa are kuticaka, bahudaka, hamsa and niskriya. There are two kinds of sannyasis, who are called dhiras and narottamas, as stated in Srimad-Bhagavatam (1.13.26-27). At the end of the month of January in the year 1432 sakabda (A.D. 1511), Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu accepted the sannyasa order from Kesava Bharati, who belonged to the Sankara-sampradaya.
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