The Four Purusharthas

Michael Conneely
Michael Conneely

The Four Aims of Life in Vedic Astrology: The Four Purusharthas

When you are studying my Master Vedic Astrology Course, the focus is on two charts: yours and mine. Basically we move from planet to planet, studying it first in yous Vedic birth chart, then in my Vedic birth chart. In-between our planet studies, we focus on learning the Rules of Interpretation. In one of these you list which of our planets fall in Dharma, Artha or Kama Houses; and you note which House each planet occupies. We work out what balance of the Aims of Life we came to work with this time.

You list which of our planets fall in Dharma, Artha, or Kama or Moksha Houses: The Four Aims of Life. The four Purusharthas, or the four aims of life are: dharmaarthakama, and moksha . These are the four aspects or facets of human life and of sadhana, or spiritual practice.

Here are The Four Purusharthas

Dharma means duty and purpose. These houses help us establish our path, our destiny and our purpose for incarnation in this life. Dharma houses are 1, 5 and 9.

Artha means wealth and resources. These houses bring us support and sustenance-either by knowledge, wisdom or resources like money. Artha houses are 2, 6 and 10.

Kama means desire through our most basic human needs like love, sex, enjoyment, emotional and sensory happiness. Kama houses help us achieve our desires and also help us relate to the world through relationships. Kama houses are 3, 7 and 11.

Moksha means liberation and freedom from bondage. These houses help us liberate ourselves and free ourselves from our human suffering through spiritual growth. They help us awaken to the eternal Self. Moksha houses are 4, 8 and 12.

Have a look at my Foundation Vedic astrology Course where we can develop awareness of our lives in relation to these valuable tools offered by Vedic Astrology: