Dive into the Vedic wisdom of Artha and Dharma, uncovering the profound link between true prosperity and a life of purpose.
Have you ever wondered if there's more to prosperity than just amassing wealth? The Vedic wisdom of Artha and Dharma offers a transformative perspective on living abundantly.
In today's increasingly materialistic world, the message is clear: we need more. Everywhere we look – in advertising, commentaries from business analysts, and advice from financial experts – the mantra is about acquiring "more."
But with so many of us chasing after this "more", why is it that many still grapple with a void, feeling unfulfilled despite ample possessions?
Within the heart of ancient teachings, there's a jewel of abundance in the treasure-trove of Vedic wisdom. This jewel shines light on how to lead a prosperous life without sacrificing inner peace and integrity. t’s not just about accumulating wealth but truly understanding the essence of thriving in harmony with the universe. This teaching introduces us to Artha, one of the four universal life goals, symbolizing wealth and prosperity. Artha is the inseparable companion of dharma, the goal to live a meaningful life of higher purpose.
These profound teachings from the Vedic tradition emphasize that by understanding the relationship between Dharma and Artha, we can unlock a holistic approach to prosperity. It’s a guide on how to thrive in every aspect of life. Thrive on your path to personal growth and success. Thrive as an agent for social change and touching the lives of others. Thrive as a catalyst for planetary healing, so that all may prosper.
"There is a power for good that runs this universe and we can learn to cooperate with it."
—Roy Eugene Davis
The pursuit of artha, or wealth, isn't just about financial gain. True prosperity goes beyond the superficial notions often portrayed in mainstream media. This is especially significant in our contemporary age where the essence of Vedic wisdom and yoga philosophy provides a counter-narrative. They offer us a deeper understanding of prosperity, intertwining the spiritual with the material.
By incorporating the teachings from yoga philosophy, as we delve into the heart of fulfilled living, we examine ten "prospering promises"—success formulas. We learn about the spiritual law of wealth and how to apply it in all circumstances and discover how to meet obstacles as opportunities. We also learn to cultivate the equanimity that is essential for success and happiness.
The true secret of prosperity is not a secret. It does not rely on pseudoscientific ideas about quantum entanglement, positive thinking, or reciting mantras to attain magical results. And it is not about mere fulfillment of personal desires. In the book the Jewel of Abundance: Finding Prosperity through the Ancient Wisdom of Yoga, I wrote, "We open ourselves to be divine instruments of healing and blessing. When we do, grace overflows as supply, meeting every real need on time and in abundance. The immutable spiritual law is: Individual prosperity cannot be separated from the good of all. Spiritual law always rests on wholeness."
The call to prosper is a natural inclination within us, a dharmic drive. Echoing the words of my Guru, Roy Eugene Davis, a direct disciple of revered Paramahansa Yogananda, “There is a power for good that runs this universe and we can learn to cooperate with it.” When we are learning how to prosper in the Vedic way, we are learning how to cooperate with this tendency in the universe that wants to bring all things into their fullness of being.
The goal of practicing artha is to thrive and prosper for the sake of dharma, to sustain our capacity to fulfill our purpose in this lifetime.
Drawing from the reservoir of Vedic wisdom and the principles of yoga, the Jewel of Abundance book and the Artha 365! online course outline the path to a life of abundance that aligns with our dharma. Such teachings remind us that prosperity is not just about amassing wealth but understanding its rightful place and use in our lives. These resources serve as illuminating guides to awaken to a life of fulfilled desires and deeper purpose.
© 2023 Ellen Grace O’Brian