Puruṣārtha literally means an "object of human pursuit". It is a key concept in Hinduism, and refers to the four proper goals or aims of a human life.
The four puruṣārthas are Dharma (righteousness, moral values), Artha (prosperity, economic values), Kama (pleasure, love, psychological values) and Moksha (liberation, spiritual values). All four Purusarthas are important, but in cases of conflict, Dharma is considered more important than Artha or Kama in Hindu philosophy. Moksha is considered the ultimate ideal of human life.
Each of these four canonical puruṣārthas was subjected to a process of study and extensive literary development in Indian history. This produced numerous treatises, with a diversity of views, in each category.
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Published Books on: Shastras
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Available Books on: Shastras
- The Manusmriti (~ 2nd to 3rd century CE)
- The Yājñavalkya Smṛti (~ 4th to 5th-century CE)
- The Nāradasmṛti (~ 5th to 6th-century CE)
- The Viṣṇusmṛti (~ 7th-century CE)
- The Arthashastra of Kauṭilya
- The Kamandakiya Nitisara
- Brihaspati Sutra
- Sukra Niti
- Kamasutra of Vātsyāyana
- Ananga Ranga
- Bhagavad Gita
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