Hinduism seems to be concerned primarily with God, the soul, the next life and liberation. What about the life on this earth?
To say that Hinduism is concerned only with life hereafter is a fallacy. Hinduism is a religion for worldly people. IT has plenty to say about life in this world; that is why Hinduism is called a way of life. One can pursue the ultimate goal of Moksha while living a normal life. To achieve Moksha, one has to follow three other goals as a necessary process:
Artha (Economic Activities) : It means to acquire wealth through hard work, fair means and without excess. By participating in economic activities, not only does one satisfy one’s personal and family needs, but one also contributes to the welfare of the whole society. Hindus are recommended to donate ten percent of their income to charitable causes.
Karma (Worldly Desires) : Kama is defined as satisfaction of normal human desires, including sex. This goal needs to be followed very cautiously within the confiners of the Scriptures, and one should not become totally obsessed with sensual gratification.
Dharma : The meaning of Dharma has already been explained. While participating in economic activities and satisfying human desires, one must the virtuous, live righteously and discharge all moral obligations.
This Q/A was taken from the book Hinduism: Myth and Reality written by Ajit Adhopia and published by Inderlekh Publication.