The goals of life
Classical Hindu thought accepts two main life-long dharmas: Grihastha Dharma and Sannyasin Dharma.
The Grihastha Dharma recognize four goals known as the puruṣhārthas. They are:
- kāma: Sensual pleasure and enjoyment
- Artha: Material prosperity and success
- Dharma: Correct action, in accordance with one’s particular duty and scriptural laws
- Moksha: Liberation from the cycle of samsara
Among these, dharma and moksha play a special role: dharma must dominate an individual’s pursuit of kama and artha while seeing moksha, at the horizon.
The Sannyasin Dharma recognizes, but renounces Kama, Artha and Dharma, focusing entirely on Moksha.