Artha-shastra is about generating food, i.e. wealth, by creating goods and services; Kama-shastra is about indulging our hungers with this food. Dharma-shastra insists we consider the hunger of others, while Moksha-shastra is about outgrowing our hungers, in order to be detached and generous. Together, these four Hindu shastras provide a framework within which human action, its purposes and consequences, can be defined; together, they validate human existence and give it meaning.
Devdutt Pattanaik writes on the relevance of mythology in modern times. He is the author of over thirty books, with bestsellers like Jaya, Sita, Business Sutra, My Gita and Devlok with Devdutt to his credit. HarperCollins has published Shiva to Shankara, Culture, Leader and I Am Divine by him previously.
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