[Advaita-l] Query: co-relation between 'Ashrama' and 'purushArtha'
Jaldhar H. Vyas
jaldhar at braincells.com
Mon May 4 01:07:27 CDT 2015
On Sat, 2 May 2015, dinesh bn via Advaita-l wrote:
> Kindly bless me in knowing the co-relation between 'Ashrama' and
> 'purushArtha' which is abundantly referred to in various scriptures.
> 1. Does the 4 'Ashrama' directly co-relate to the 4 'purushArtha'?
> 2. Or, is there any hierarchical relashionship?
> 3. Or, is it simply a natural truth of life for an Asthika?
We can visualize it as a table
dharma artha kama moksha
No ashrama Y Y Y N/Y
Brahmachari Y N N N/Y
Grhastha Y Y Y N/Y
Vanaprastha Y N N N/Y
vividisha sannyasi Y/N N N Y
vidvan sannyasi Y/N N N N
 Assuming such an institution actually exists otherwise N for all.
 I have split up sannyasis into vividisha ("seekers") and vidvan
 He has to observe the samanya or sadharana dharmas.
 Both types of sannyasi can do dharmic acts as an example to others but
they do not have an obligation to do so.
 Moksha can be pursued from any ashrama (or none) but it is the special
province of sannyasis as we discussed recently.
 A vidvan sannyasi has already achieved jivanmukti so obviously moksha
cannot be considered a purushartha for him.
Jaldhar H. Vyas <jaldhar at braincells.com>
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