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Pabbajjā: lit. 'the going forth', or more fully stated, 'the going forth from home to the homeless life' of a Bhikkhu agārasmā, anagāriyam consists in severing all family and social ties to live the pure life of a monk, in order to realize the goal of final deliverance pointed out by the Enlightened One. Thus, p. has become the name for admission as a sāmanera or novice, i.e. as a candidate for the Order of Bhikkhus, or Bhikkhunis.
Maha Thera Nyanatiloka. Manual of Buddhist Terms and Doctrines, Buddhist Publication Society, first edition 1952.