Saturday, January 17, 2009

I am chanting this

"Asatoma Sadgamaya
Thamaso Maa Jyothir Gamaya
Mrithyor Maa Amrutham Gamaya
Aum Shanti Shanti Shantihi"
One of our Professors lectured on the strategic pursuit of Human needs. The framework goes like this
Dharma Kama Artha MokshaIt basically explains the hierarchy of our needs, starting with bodily needs followed by monetary needs and finally ending with self-actualization.
The framework above says that in the process of pursuing one's needs one has to adhere to the dharma, which is moral and social order. Indian culture never encouraged celibacy nor it discouraged earning money. But being ethical in both is what it emphasizes from the above framework.
A lot of people(even me) think that it is Maslow who discovered the hierarchy of needs but having gone through this ...I realize the greatness of our culture and rich heritage.
Maslow's Hierarchy

Our contribution to the humankind is unmatchable, We may not have produced enough Phds,nobel laureates in the recent times but we have a lot to our credit.

Vedas, Upanishads, Vedantas, Yoga, Yama, Niyama, Ayurveda, Kamasutra, Arthasastra..the list goes on...

4 comments:

  1. maslows heirarchy in the yogic form...


    cool.. kama is one that interests me...

    maslow on the other hand is a five step pattern...

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  2. @Chriz
    basically kama covers every bodily need..it just not sexual needs.. it covers health,food,excretion etc...
    so if you go by that Maslow has just fragmented things and made it his own 5 level...
    I did a course called behavioural sciences in which there are a lot of frameworks discussed and each one seems like an extension of Maslow's

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  3. hehe.. i was just interested in kama.. now as it also involves other basic needs, i am not gonna look into it

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