Integrations of Dharma and Moksha


1.    Purusharthas:

a.    Dharma, Kama, Artha, Moksha

2.    Ashramadharma:

a.    Brahmacaryastudenthood.  Study of Vedas.  Lasting about 12 years after initiation (upanayana).  Education in home of preceptor, ritual skills, in exchange for service to teacher.  Terminates with marriage.

b.    Grhastya – householder.  Devoted to enjoyment of life, duties of care for family, acquisition of artha.
When one’s children are adults, temples graying.

c.    Vanaprasthya – life in the forest. Hand over worldly affairs to sons.  With wife.  Devote oneself to moksha.

d.    Sanyasa – world renunciation.  Life of homeless ascetic, possesses nothing, desires nothing but liberation

3.    Bhagavad Gita:

a.    The great War of the Mahabharata

b.    Arujuna’s dilemma: to kill or not to kill

c.    Action (in the world) vs. non-action (sanyasa)

d.    Krishna’s counsel:

                                              i.     Nishkamakarma: Action without attachment to the fruits of one’s actions

                                             ii.     No karma accrued

                                           iii.     Live in the world and move toward moksha




1.    Bhagavad Gita

2.    Dharmashastra

3.    Purusharthas (all 4)

4.    Ashramadharma

5.    Arjuna

6.    Nishkamakarma

7.    Mahabharata


Any locations on the map exercises and information from the course Timeline (top of syllabus) can appear on a quiz or exam.