USING AYURVEDA TO ACHIEVE THE FOUR GOALS OF HUMAN LIFE

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Chaturvidha (four-fold) Purusharthas(goals of human life) have been defined as the four main objectives of human pursuit since the Vedic era. Even today these four fold goals maintain the stability and structure of the society in addition to making that our life is filled with happiness and satisfaction. 

On understanding these goals, it can be seen that anything you would ever want to achieve will fall into one of these four main categories. Thus the four goals of life or Chaturvidh Purusharthas are an integral part of our very existence. These four goals are always talked about in a specific sequence- Dharma-Artha-Kama- Moksha as each goal serves as the stepping-stone for the subsequent one in order to embrace a happy and successful life.

1. DHARMA

Dharma is defined as duty that is aligned with your individual truth. Dharma is a broader concept that includes duties, laws, conducts, social norms as well as the moral rights. 

To live according to your dharma is to live following the principles that are aligned with your unique being. Each person's duty will change according to different social, cultural circumstances and also according to different life stages of one’s life. My own life encompasses of duties of being a wife, daughter, teacher, healer etc.

At a certain time, if you are living the life of the student you have to follow the conduct suitable to being a student and taking care to study in depth. At a different point of time, if you are a teacher, you carry the dharma of being a teacher and guiding your students to the right path in their life. Once you follow your own truth is when you can successfully lead your life and be true to your own self.

Ayurveda helps us understand our Dharma through Prakriti Parikshan or Dosha typing. A Pitta can perform a better duty as a leader, a Vata can perform better service as an artist and a Kapha can be a nurturing teacher. Utilizing the Ayurvedic Dosha type entails that we lead a very successful life aligned with our very inner self.

2. ARTHA

Artha is defined as the ‘material means of life’. In order survive in this world you food, clothing, and shelter and for that you need money. In today’s world, Artha is thus equated with money. Artha also provides the security and stability by making sure we are being provided for our hunger, thirst as well as safety. Conscious consumerism lies in achieving Artha in accordance with one's specific Dharma and following the code of conduct.

Ayurveda helps you stay healthy so you can be unhindered and engage in a way that helps you achieve Artha. After all 'there is no wealth, without your health'.

3. KAMA

Kama is defined as the fulfillment of desires in this world.  It pertains to love, enjoyment, passion, emotions, wishes and desires both sexual and non-sexual. If Kama or desires are consumed mindlessly they lead to a greater intensity of those same desires often pushing the body, mind and soul to fulfill these very desires.  

In the AYurvedic perspective, the senses are the one's that receive information associated wth pain and pleasure and convey it to the mind. So by controlling your senses you can choose to fulfil your desires in a way that you seek satisfaction without being trapped in the pursuit of Kama.

4. MOKSHA

Moksha is defined as liberation. Moksha is simply complete freedom from everything, there are no desires, no bindings, and no rebirth.  Moksha makes us experience our very universal consciousness and the distinction between the self ‘Atma’ and the higher self ‘Paramatma’ is lost, just unifying us with the supreme consciousness.

Ayurveda can help you keep your mind, body, senses in check so you can relentlessly pursue your spiritual path to attain Moksha.

Thus, Ayurveda is not only a medical system but also a spiritual science that can help you achieve all the four Purushartha or the four goals of human life. As long as you are healthy in your body, mind, senses and soul you will be free to perform your duty, pursue your desires, earn your living as well as move towards your own inner reality.

Ayurveda is a science that believes in both prevention, as well as treatment. Dinacharya or daily routine, as well as Ritucharya or the seasonal routine, ensures that one's body lives in harmony with the diurnal rhythms as well as with different seasons. Ayurvedic diet, lifestyle and supplement remedies are highly personalized with the goal of meeting your individual needs. No matter how healthy you are or whether you are taking your first step towards your health. Ayurveda has solutions for each and every person so you can successfully live up to your Dharma or pursue Artha, Kama or Moksha whatever it is you desire.