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Ayurvedic concept for 'Goal of life'

Life is a play of opposites. Finding meaning in life has much to do with resolving the conflict of opposites. All goals in human life polarize into the two opposites of personal and communal welfare.

Emphasis on personal happiness conflicts with communal happiness and emphasis on communal happiness conflicts with personal happiness.

The ultimate answer to this problem is to transcend the opposites. To go beyond the realm of personal and communal happiness. When what one does to make oneself happy leads to happiness of others, the goal of life is reached.

Ayurveda says that there are four types of life one can live. In the succeeding order of preference, they are
1. A life of personal unhappiness that conflicts with communal happiness.
2. A life of personal happiness that conflicts with communal happiness.
3. A life of personal unhappiness that promotes communal happiness.
4. A life of personal happiness that promotes communal happiness.
According to Ayurveda, living beings find fulfillment by gradually evolving to discover a life that gives both personal and communal happiness.

Transliteration System for saMskRta Words:

a A i I u U R e ai o au aM aH
ka kha ga gha Ga
ca cha ja jha Ja
Ta Tha Da Dha Na
ta tha da dha na
pa pha ba bha ma
ya ra la va za Sa sa ha
La