Purusharthas is a Sanskrit term which means that for which a person strives for, and shows the goals of life. 'Purusha' means 'human being' and 'artha' means 'objective'. Purusharthas signify the objectives of man. There are four major goals in life dharma (righteousness), artha (material wealth), kama (desire) and moksha (salvation). Each individual is expected to achieve these four aims and fulfil his life. The concept of the Purusharthas is proof that Hinduism does not advocate a life of self negation or hardship. On the other hand, it advocates a balanced and fulfilled life.

Updated on 18th November, 2005


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