e-Learning Course on
“The Purpose of Human Life – The Four Purushartha”
Blueprint for a blissful and fulfilling life
About the Course
An Invitation to the Course
We are in a very powerful and significant incarnation – the human life. It is powerful because only in this incarnation are we given the necessary intelligence, tools and will-power to craft this life towards its ultimate possibility.
But in order to do that, we need the road map; we need to know the blueprint to navigate in this world of constantly changing forms, of attractions and entanglements, of fears and illusions, of security and ambitions and of skewed perceptions.
Thousands of years ago, in an Eastern land – India, many seers and yogis were exploring the same theme, they too had experienced the same range of conflicting human emotions, and in the deepest realizations they found the road map. A perfect blueprint for human pursuits – which in Hindi they called ‘The Purushartha’
The Purushartha are the four key aims of human life or the four pursuits…it is an exploration to live a life of eternal love, peace and bliss. In this magnificent blueprint, every dimension of human existence – every need, every desire and emotion is given its due place.
I call this ‘Life Essentials’ … because without this, our life becomes a chain of random and accidental sequence of efforts, dejection, momentary pleasures and of constant mental suffering.
It is my deepest wish to share this blueprint of human pursuit, The Purushartha with all of you. This knowledge does not belong to any particular religious, sect, society or nation. This knowledge belongs to the entire humanity of its highest good. That is the nature of Truth, isn’t it?
So let’s go on this ancient journey, which is more relevant today that any other time in human history… A journey where we can get clarity on the purpose, path and pitfalls of this opportunity called Life.
With much love and blessings,
Chapter 1: The Invocation
Chapter 2: Introduction to Life Essentials – The Purushartha
Chapter 3: The four Purusharthas
Chapter 3a: What is Purushartha – Revision Notes
Chapter 3b: Importance of this Teaching
Chapter 1: First Purushartha – Dharma
Chapter 1a: Dharma (Righteousness) – Revision Notes
Chapter 1b: Dharma in a single statement
Chapter 2: Attributes of Dharma
Chapter 2a: Dharma Attributes Chart
Chapter 3: What is Not Dharma ?
Chapter 3a: Few attributes of that which is anti-dharma
Chapter 4: Significance of Dharma Understanding
Chapter 5: Difference between Individual (Sva-Dharma) and Universal Dharma
Chapter 5a: Individual (Sva) Dharma – Revision Notes
Chapter 6: Story of Dharma – Monk and a Scorpion
Chapter 7: Meditation on Light of Dharma
Lesson 8: Recommendation
Lesson 8a: Questions to contemplate on
Lesson 9: A quick reminder of Dharma definition
Chapter 1: 2nd Purushartha – Pursuit of Arth (Wealth)
Chapter 1a: What is Arth (wealth)? – Revision Notes
Chapter 1b: The Divinity of Arth
Chapter 1c: Abundance – The Divine Attribute
Chapter 2: Let the pursuit of Arth be established in Dharma
Chapter 2a: Questions to contemplate on
Chapter 2b: Reality check
Chapter 2c: The flawed Economic Model
Chapter 3: One of the significant causes of ‘Sense of Lack’
Chapter 4: A friend asked about ‘Lack vs Flow’
Chapter 4a: Lack, Abundance & Flow
Chapter 5: Sense of Community vs Economics
Chapter 5a: Wealth can bring Suffering – Pointer
Chapter 5b: Reality Check
Chapter 5c: Collective Copyrights
Chapter 5d: Is money becoming a barrier?
Chapter 5e: Our idea of Wealth generation
Chapter 6: The Prevalent class system in England
Chapter 7: What happens if pursuit of Arth is not based on Dharma?
Chapter 7a: Reminder: Definition of Dharma
Chapter 7b: Beauty & Significance of Arth
Chapter 7c: Caution in the Pursuit of Wealth
Chapter 1: 3rd Purushartha – Pursuit of Kama (Sense pleasures)
Chapter 1a: The Kama (sense pleasures)
Chapter 1b: Sense pleasures or Kama is like a beautiful door
Chapter 2: From entanglement to fulfillment – Food & Taste
Chapter 2a: Beauty of Kama
Chapter 2b: Significance of Kama
Chapter 3: What happens if the pursuit of Kama is not based on Dharma
Chapter 3a: Caution in the pursuit of ‘Kama’
Chapter 3b: Questions to contemplate on
Chapter 4: The flow of pursuits – one enables the other
Chapter 5: Meditation
Chapter 1: A recap of Dharma, Arth & Kama
Chapter 2: A deeper understanding of Relationships
Chapter 2a: We have a relationship with everyone and everything
Chapter 2b: Love is the Dharma
Chapter 2c: Why do relationships become cause of suffering?
Chapter 3: 4th Purushartha – pursuit of Moksha (Liberation)
Chapter 3a: Moksha – a unique word
Chapter 3b: How Arth & Kama leads to Moksha?
Chapter 3c: Reality check