THE FOUR GOALS AND FOUR STAGES OF LIFE

THE FOUR GOALS AND FOUR STAGES OF LIFE

THE FOUR GOALS AND FOUR STAGES OF LIFE

The Four Goals of Life

Major aspects of Hindu dharma known as purushartha are:

Kama: Seeking physical (sensual love) or emotional pleasure within the limits of dharma.

Artha: As kama pursuit has a limiting satisfaction after while, artha or seeking power, fame and wealth will be complementary.

Dharma: With age and maturity, one will have the joy of living in harmony with dharma.

Moksha: The real and infinite goal of one life.

The Four Stages of Life

Known as four Ashramas, they are:

Brahmacharya: The first 20 years of life , preceded by the Upanayanam ceremony during which a child is considered to be born again. Brahmacharya is pure contemplation of life’s secrets under a Guru.

Grihastha : next 40 years (20-60) is the householder’s stage. One married, will satisfy karma and artha within a married life and career.

Vanaprastha: Next 20 years (60-80) is the detachment from the material world and entering in contemplation and pilgrimage.

Sanyasa: conception of the mystic life to prepare the next life or moksha.

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