MOKSHA: A Spiritual Journey & Spiritual Life
The ancient Hindu way of spirituality suggests that there are four goals in life. The first is Kama, the desire for pleasure, happiness and joy. The second is Artha, the desire for prosperity, success and abundance. The third is Dharma, the need for meaning, morality and purpose. We need to meet all three of these goals to feel we have succeeded in life. But for some of us, this is not enough.
The most subtle and mysterious goal of all is for Moksha. Moksha means release, liberation from bondage. Moksha is our desire for spiritual freedom. This is the desire to be truly free. Freedom is something that we all want in one form or another. All of us want freedom from fear, oppression and want. That’s obvious. But how to escape the tyranny of being ourselves? Many of us feel bound by our negative and repetitive thoughts, doubts, anxieties, beliefs, fears – even our desires. We feel the restrictions of our routine expectations, conventions, and habits of mind. We seem to be in a cage, bound by mysterious forces that we can’t quite understand. We realize, sometimes with brilliant clarity, the depths of our ignorance and bondage.