"But those whose ignorance has been destroyed by the knowledge of the Self - their knowledge, like the sun, manifests that highest Being."
- Sri Krishna
The Yoga Mitra Mandal (YogaMM) is organized around the yogic concept of the four purusharthas. These four purusharthas are artha, kama, dharma and moksha. The four Purusharthas are also the four wheels of a chariot that organize the life of the sangha. Each influences the movement of the other three, and in the absence of any one of them, the chariot comes to a halt.
The Moksha Dhristi is responsible for maintaining the vision of Yoga for YogaMM.
Specifically this role involves:
- Formulating and refining the vision for the Sangha
- Evaluating and ensuring the learning for the Sangha
- Planning for the future of the Sangha; teachers to be invited, traditions introduced, timing of events
The Dharma Rakshak is the guardian of the vision of the YogaMM while taking into account the dharma of the individual members. This role involves maintaining the dharma in all the activities/processes of the YogaMM.
Specifically this role involves the following:
- Elaborating on the essence of the practices/teachings and ensuring that members understand them
- Initiating new practices/teachings at YogaMM gatherings
- Working with individual members to ensure that the members unique personality is accounted for and developed through the activities of the YogaMM.
The Kama Annapurna is responsible for ensuring that the activities of the YogaMM increase the well being of its members. This role would require that the member's interest and enjoyment for yoga be sustained.
Specifically, this role involves the following:
- Maintaining interest, enthusiasm and enjoyment at YogaMM gatherings and seminars
- Seeking audience feedback at YogaMM gatherings and seminars
- Facilitating physical comfort and convenience at YogaMM gatherings and seminars
The Artha Data is responsible for generating, maintaining and distributing all resources generated by the YogaMM.
Specifically this role involves:
- Generating resources for the YogaMM, (money and people) in a way that is sustainable.
- Maintaining databases, survey data, money, equipment, books etc.
- Distributing resources so that the YogaMM stays viable in the long term.
Moksha is freedom from limited thinking and the ending of false knowledge. It involves developing a broad vision of life. Ultimately, moksha is concerned with ending the cycle of suffering (samsara) and awakening to wisdom and compassion.
The dharma refers to the essence of things. Dharma is the essence of object, plant, animal, human or organization. In the human, it refers to the development of the natural human qualities which are inherent in all of us, and which represent the growth of personality and mind. The dharma of an organization is the vision of the organization and what the organization commits itself to in terms of its mission.
Kama refers to the art of enjoying pleasures. Kama is experienced as the sense of fulfillment, joy and bliss accompanied with the enjoying of activities and things. In order that activities and things become a true source of pleasure, the enjoyment has to be based on developing the right relationship to them.
Artha refers to resources. These included material resources, IT resources, people resources and networks. An orientation to Artha refers to an orientation towards resource as energy.