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Harmony of Being: Unveiling Life Quotient through Purusharthas Philosophy

Dr. Biswajit Satpathy

DIP: 18.02.002/20240902

DOI: 10.25215/2455/0902002

Received: April 20, 2024; Revision Received: April 27, 2024; Accepted: May 01, 2024

Abstract

In the pursuit of measuring human well-being and success, various metrics have been developed over time. One such emerging metric is the concept of Life Quotient (LQ), which aims to gauge an individual’s overall quality of life beyond traditional indicators like income or education level. This research paper delves into the definition, components, measurement, significance, and potential applications of the Life Quotient. Through a review of existing literature and theoretical analysis, this paper aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of the concept and its implications for individuals and society. The concept of Life Quotient (LQ) encapsulates the multifaceted nature of human existence, integrating various dimensions that contribute to overall well-being and fulfilment. In this paper, we explore the intricate relationship between LQ and Purusharthas, a fundamental concept in Hindu philosophy representing the four essential aims of human life: Dharma (duty/righteousness), Artha (prosperity/wealth), Kama (pleasure/desire), and Moksha (liberation/spiritual fulfilment). We propose a framework that maps the twelve dimensions commonly associated with LQ onto these four Purusharthas, elucidating how each dimension contributes to fulfilling these existential aims. The dimensions of LQ, ranging from physical health and material prosperity to emotional well-being and spiritual fulfilment, are analyzed through the prism of Purusharthas, providing a holistic understanding of human existence. By categorizing these dimensions into Dharma, Artha, Kama, and Moksha, we reveal the intricate interplay between worldly pursuits and spiritual aspirations in shaping one’s LQ. Furthermore, based on this conceptual framework, we developed a comprehensive questionnaire aimed at assessing an individual’s LQ across these Purusharthas-aligned dimensions. The questionnaire encompasses a range of domains, including ethical conduct, financial stability, interpersonal relationships, and existential fulfilment, allowing for a nuanced evaluation of an individual’s life satisfaction and sense of purpose. This paper contributes to both theoretical understanding and practical application by offering a structured approach to conceptualizing and measuring LQ within the framework of Purusharthas. By elucidating the connection between the pursuit of worldly goals and spiritual fulfilment, it provides valuable insights for personal development, counselling, and holistic well-being interventions.

The author(s) appreciates all those who participated in the study and helped to facilitate the research process.

The author(s) declared no conflict of interest.

This is an Open Access Research distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any Medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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Dr. Biswajit Satpathy @ satpathybulu@gmail.com

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ISSN 2348-5396

ISSN 2349-3429

DIP: 18.02.002/20240902

DOI: 10.25215/2455/0902002

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Volume 09 Issue 2, April – June, 2024

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