The next of the four purusartha, or aims in life, in yoga is called artha. This can be translated as wealth. This is considered to be an important part of living in the world. It is necessary to care for oneself physically and to be able to amass some physical gains in order for ourselves and those around us to be able to live with less suffering and to have the necessary things such as food, health care, and enjoy some of the pleasures of physical life.
Working for fame and doing what is necessary to have autonomy in ones country and on ones land are also considered a part of this pursuit. It may be strange to consider that such worldly pursuits are a part of what is considered fulfilling in life according to yoga. But gaining fame and fortune are a natural part of being a person, and can be used toward the service of others. Yoga is about finding a way to have a joyful, easeful and useful life (as Swami Satchidananda always said). It is hard to have these when we are poor or otherwise suffering. In order to care for our lives in a healthy way, and to help those in our family or others near to us, having a physical and social level of well-being established is helpful and even good. It is how this is used, to provide for well-being, that can be a good guide on this path.
Another part of the picture to consider is that money is something that should circulate. It is good to keep it flowing into your own pocket as well as to that of others, to keep it working for the benefit of others. It is like the flow of prana, or life force. It should be coming in and going out. If you notice there is a block in the flow, seeing what can be done to get it moving again is helpful, just like with our digestive system, or a natural spring in your yard. We can clear away whatever seems to be holding it up. Perhaps if the inflow is blocked by a lack of work or other financial concerns, doing something to give can be helpful. Volunteering can lead to a job, offering to help someone can help you to lay the social network which helps you get connections in a new office.
As you look at your own life today, consider what you may be able to do to use what money, physical abilities, and social standing you have to support your family and others. You may also consider what you can do to improve your own life concerning artha. Providing others with work, pursuing a better paid job, or contributing to a 401K, and giving to charity can all be considered a part of artha.
Yoga Pose of the Day: Warrior II
Yogic Concept of the Day: It is just fine for me to pursue physical comforts and support my family and others in the process.