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Traditional Hinduism specifies four principal aims or goals one should strive for in one’s life: conformity to social and religious norms ( dharma ), wealth ( artha ), sensual enjoyment ( kāma ), and final liberation (mokṣa) from the cycle of rebirths ( saṃsāra ). …

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Kenneth Zysk, “Kāma”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Edited by: Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 24 February 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2212-5019_beh_COM_2050220>
First published online: 2012

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