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Continuing our series on the Purusharthas (4 human pursuits), we dive deep into the concept of Artha (or material wealth).  Can you be wealthy and spiritual? We explore:

  • Why the pursuit of material wealth is important for your spiritual purpose
  • Explore the Gunas (three qualities of action – Tamas, Rajas, Sattva) as you pursue material wealth
  • Understand how money should always serve your Dharma

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Can You Be Wealthy & Spiritual?


Debra Maldonado  00:28 

Hello, welcome back to another episode of Soul Sessions with Debra Berndt Maldonado and Dr. Rob Maldonado. We are continuing our series on the purusharthas, the four human pursuits in Eastern philosophy. We will review about Dharma, we’ll talk about karma, artha, and moksha. But before we begin today’s topic, which is artha, I’d like to remind you to click on the button in the corner to subscribe to our channel. If you’re listening to us on podcast feeds like iTunes, Spotify, there’s a subscribe button, please click that button, so you can make sure you get every episode of Soul Sessions. Today’s topic is: Can a spiritual person pursue material success?

Robert Maldonado  01:25

Purusha is the supreme person. In this sense, though, the purusha is your personality, your individual existence. Arthas are the pursuits, so purusharthas are the pursuits of the individual human life. We’re approaching this as a spiritual psychology. The great author Houston Smith, author of World Religions, said “If we take the world’s enduring religions at their best, we discover the distilled wisdom of the human race.” We’re mining the wisdom that is there, in this case in the Upanishads, in the Bhagavad Gita. Last time, we talked about dharma, which is our sacred duty. We each have an individual dharma. It’s better to always do our individual dharma than to do another’s dharma and do it perfectly. Even if we’re missing on our individual dharma, it’s better to persist on our path. Now, artha is the idea of material success. It’s saying, we should pursue this. Obviously, everyone needs to pay the rent and do their work somehow.

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