Artha and Paramartha

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Artha and Paramártha
Speaker Shrii Shrii Anandamurti
Date 1978 November 4
Time Evening
Place Kolkata, India
Topic Permanently free
Included in Ananda Vacanamrtam Part 4
Location in Sarkarverse
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Artha and Paramártha is a discourse given by Shrii Shrii Anandamurti in Kolkata, India on the morning of 1978 November 4. This discourse is the tenth chapter of Ananda Vacanamrtam Part 4.[1]


To live in this physical world, to preserve our existence, Artha or money is essential. However, we also require Paramártha. Paramártha is that factor which brings about the permanent cessation of the triple afflictions. Here permanent cessation means cessation of those afflictions which, once removed, will never return again in the future. That Artha which brings permanent relief from the pangs of hunger, which is the instrument of permanent cessation, is called Paramártha.

Shrii Shrii Anandamurti

Anandamurti starts the discourse by saying that human beings are bound by fetters on all three levels (physical, psychic, and spiritual). Shiva, on the other hand is free from all bondage. Anandamurti then explains that people get some temporary relief from these shackles with the help of food or money, but only the attainment of complete liberation through merging with God can satisfy all their longings (artha vs paramartha). Anandamurti goes on saying that although maya (the creative principle) has a strong hold on the human mind, one should never forget that maya's power belongs to the Infinite Entity. The best thing to do is to take shelter on the lap of Parama Purusa and remember that He is our beloved father.[1]


  1. ^ a b Shrii Shrii Anandamurti Ananda Vacanamrtam Part 4 
Preceded by
Parama Puruśa Doesn't Hate Anyone
Ananda Vacanamrtam Part 4
With: Artha and Paramártha
Succeeded by
Which Is the Right Path?