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The Four Goals of Human Life - An Astrological Explanation

According to Hinduism, human life has four goals, which are the four purusharthas namely, dharma (righteousness), artha (wealth), kama (desire) and moksha (liberation).

Man must lead his life in a righteous way, earn wealth and fulfill his desires in a righteous manner and thus attain salvation. Anyone who lives his life by conforming to the four purusharthas will attain beatitude.

These four divisions can also be seen among the 12 houses of a horoscope, which is nothing but a reflection of an individual’s life.

1, 5, 9 - houses represent righteousness, worship and religious matters, hence it is the dharma trikona (Dharma triangle).

2, 6, 10 - houses represent wealth, profession and earnings, hence it is the artha trikona (Prosperity triangle).

3, 7, 11 - houses represent relationships, marriage and gain, hence it is the kama trikona (Desire triangle).

4, 8, 12 - houses represent liberation and occult practices, hence it is the moksha trikona (Liberation triangle).

Whichever way we may choose to look at it, our life is encompassed in these four goals (purusharthas). These four things can be predicted reasonably well by examining the twelve houses of a chart. By knowing them in advance, we can plan accordingly and achieve fulfillment in our lives.

No science other than astrology shows the correct path to be followed by human beings in their lives. That is why astrology is arguably the greatest science known to man. Hence it is rightly called the ‘Eye of the Vedas’.

All rights reserved. This article has been translated by Snehalatha M, which was originally posted in on Jan 9, 2010. The content or any portion thereof may not be reproduced or used in any manner whatsoever without the express permission of the publisher.


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