What should we pursue in life?

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One needs to be guided by ones own life purpose, responsibilities and sense of happiness.
One needs to be guided by ones own life purpose, responsibilities and sense of happiness.

The session on the Goals of Life (25 Feb 13) demolished the widely held notion that Moksha (Pursue freedom from the cycle of birth and death, by practicing a lifestyle of detachment and dispassion, typically as a renunciate) is the default and immediate goal for all of us to pursue. The teachings clarified that one CHOOSES ones goals in life and it is not imposed by any doctrine or a teacher based on the teacher's goals. One needs to be guided by one's own life purpose, responsibilities and sense of happiness. Our pursuits may fall in two categories - Artha/Kama (seeking material wealth, security and fun) OR Moksha (single minded focused pursuit for liberation), with the vast majority of us pursuing the first. The lifestyles in these two categories are very different and hence one needs to be cautious in not getting trapped in a teaching or life that's misaligned to one's goals. The session also clarified that there is nothing wrong in pursuing health, wealth, fame or fortune as long as the means is 'dharmic' - ethical. The session ended with a note that one needs to be clear of one's goals in life and also the guiding principles to achieve them.

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