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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). This fou…

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Zysk, Kenneth, “Kāma”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism Online, Editor-in-Chief Associate Editors Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 22 October 2021 <>
First published online: 2018

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