Thursday, 3 September 2015

Purushartha chatushtaya

|| योग: कर्मसु कौशलम् ||

Mananeeya Eknathji  explains Purushartha - chatushtaya and says :
Human mind is a bundle of desires. Abundant resources and plenty of material are available to satisfy these desires. These desires altogether constitute what is called Kama. The material essential and the means to acquire them come under Artha. These two, Kama and Artha are the two legs on which the world stands. If all the desires of everyone are to be fulfilled, then there will be a chaos. Therefore, there is the controlling principle of Dharma. And the aim of all of these is Moksha. Man is born on this globe and his journey from womb to tomb is called life. He is not permanently stationed here. He had had many births prior to this and there will be many more, but the goal of the journey is Moksha.

All roads and ways, lanes and by-lanes lead to Moksha only. But the crucial point is that you have to choose your path for yourself out of many available. The pilgrimage must be made by you alone. All ties of affection and love are of no avail. Your possessions and your wealth cannot save your soul! Amritvasya tu na aasha asti vittena.- Brihadaranyaka Upanishad

Its destiny is predetermined by your own self. Love from others cannot be of any use beyond a certain limit. "Thus far and no further," is true of everything in this case. The Pandavas marched towards heaven all together; all but one fell down at a certain point. Dharmaputra alone continued the journey along with a dog.