For the yogi, there are four primary pursuits of life. It is said that no life is completely lived until these four pursuits are fulfilled.
The four pursuits, loosely translated, are:
1. Dharma (purpose)
2. Artha (wealth)
3. Kama (pleasure)
4. Moksha (liberation)
The sequence here is very important. For instance, if a person tries to accumulate the resources for their life (artha) without first establishing a sense of dharma, any wealth that is accumulated will act as more of a weight than an asset for happiness.
On the other hand, when artha is in service of dharma, you propel your life’s mission forward. Your life becomes service-oriented, and the mind is attuned to the path of liberation.