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Sadhya means ‘that which needs to be attained’, i.e. the Goals of Life. They are also referred to as the Purusharthas, i.e. that which is aspired by every human being. So the Goals we are talking about are not imposed goals given to us by someone else. They are something which we all basically want, something which we consciously or unconsciously work for. The Rishis who dived deep within themselves for understanding their basic aspirations & desires identified FOUR goals for which everyone aspires & desires. They are universal as well as basic desires. They are something which are at the heart of all our other desires. They are something attaining which a person truly considers him or herself fulfilled.
The Four Goals of life which have been identified by the Shastras are : Dharma, Artha, Kama & Moksha. Once the goal has been identified very clearly, then alone work to discover the right means, and then work for it. The goal should be very very clear, and it has to be loved & desired intensely, then everything is taken care of.
In this section we shall discuss about these Four Famous Goals of Life. 

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1. Dharma

Dharma means a righteous way of living. It is a way of life wherein, not only there is peaceful co-existence with others, but is also conducive to the attainment of all our worldly and other spiritual goals. Dharma is so fundamental that even an evil person expects others to be truthful etc to him. Lets go deep into this fundamental aspiration of mankind.
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2. Artha

Roughly translated Artha means the goal of getting ‘Money’. Money stands for means of getting such a resource which not only facilitates fulfillment our desires & duties, but also that which helps brings about a sense of security. How do we look at Money? How do we work to properly acquire money? Etc is the subject-matter of this section.
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3. Kama

Kama is the aspiration of fulfillment of desires. Desires can be about anything, worldly or things beyond. We will try to know as to how do we prepare ourself for this, how do we extricate the maximum out of our experiences, and also know as to how far does fulfillment of desires quench the thirst of our heart.
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4. Moksha

Moksha means Total Freedom. Freedom from a sense of limitation, freedom from limitations of time & space, and most important freedom from dependence on Artha & Kama. Moksha is realisation of our Self to be Brahman. This alone is indicated by the word Enlightenment, and also the Param Purushartha – the ultimate goal. 
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