For most Hindus the aim of life encompasses four aspects:

  • dharma - fulfilling moral duties and living life in accordance with right actions
  • artha - gaining wealth in an honest manner and using it wisely
  • kama - enjoying the pleasures and beauty of life
  • moksha - the ultimate goal involving ending rebirth and being freed from the material and physical existence

There are also four different stages of life most Hindus recognise. These are referred to as ashrama.