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The Vedic texts describe 4 goals to life. These include Dharma, Kama, Artha and Moksha. Called Purushartha, these 4 aims are meant to help us live the most fulfilled life possible.
Kama represents pleasure or desire. This often relates to pleasure through the senses. By avoiding over-indulgence of the senses we are able to let go of attachments and work through our samskaras. If we can connect our goals to a higher consciousness we experience pleasure and joy beyond that which material objects can offer.
Artha represents prosperity. In this goal of life we accumulate – a career, financial accumulation, a family, material items, etc. This doesn’t necessarily mean that people have to earn extraneous amounts of money to achieve the goals of Artha. Prosperity in Artha can be experienced through improvements to physical and mental health as well. The accumulation of wealth should be done in a way that keeps spirituality at the forefront of action.
Dharma represents service, to fulfill our duty – to be aligned in the laws of nature, to live in our unique purpose. By following Ayurvedic principles we purify the senses and generate insight into what our dharma truly is. Instead of going through life with a sole attachment to money or accumulation of material objects, we recognize our purpose is beyond material gratification. Instead, life becomes one of service.
Moksha represents liberation and the highest level of truth. Based on our experiences in Kama, Artha and Dharma we are able to develop in Moksha. We are able to destruct karmas and a higher sense of wisdom and understanding is established.
Ayurveda teaches us how to live in harmony with ourselves, those around us, and nature. By following our dharma we are able to create more consistent balance in our life. When we are living in a state of imbalance, we may struggle to see clearly what our dharma truly is.
We suggest asking yourself the following questions: What are your unique gifts that you can bring to the world? Not in comparison to the gifts of others, but your own.
It may take years of practice and experience to understand our dharma. The connection to our Dharma can seem illusive and absent at times in our life. Keeping faith and taking right action, understanding that our Dharma reveals in time. Patience, perseverance and practice.
With love from the Lakshmi Team, we wish you a beautiful day
* 𝘗𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘴𝘦 𝘯𝘰𝘵𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘴𝘦 𝘤𝘭𝘢𝘪𝘮𝘴 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘣𝘦𝘦𝘯 𝘢𝘱𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘥 𝘣𝘺 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘛𝘎𝘈. 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘪𝘯𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘮𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘷𝘪𝘥𝘦𝘥 𝘪𝘴 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘮𝘦𝘢𝘯𝘵 𝘵𝘰 𝘣𝘦 𝘶𝘴𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘰 𝘥𝘪𝘢𝘨𝘯𝘰𝘴𝘦 𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘵 𝘢𝘯𝘺𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘴𝘩𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘥 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘣𝘦 𝘵𝘢𝘬𝘦𝘯 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘴𝘶𝘭𝘵𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘢𝘯 𝘈𝘺𝘶𝘳𝘷𝘦𝘥𝘪𝘤 𝘱𝘩𝘺𝘴𝘪𝘤𝘪𝘢𝘯. 𝘞𝘦 𝘥𝘰 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘨𝘶𝘢𝘳𝘢𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘢𝘴𝘴𝘶𝘮𝘦 𝘯𝘰 𝘭𝘦𝘨𝘢𝘭 𝘭𝘪𝘢𝘣𝘪𝘭𝘪𝘵𝘺 𝘰𝘳 𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘱𝘰𝘯𝘴𝘪𝘣𝘭𝘺 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘢𝘤𝘤𝘶𝘳𝘢𝘤𝘺, 𝘤𝘶𝘳𝘳𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘺 𝘰𝘳 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘱𝘭𝘦𝘵𝘦𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘪𝘯𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘮𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘵𝘢𝘪𝘯𝘦𝘥 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘴𝘦 𝘮𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘢𝘭𝘴.