abhyudaya

(‘prosperity’)

The Hindu scriptures, especially the dharmaśāstras, have always emphasised that a householder must strive for abhyu-daya (worldly prosperity) but not forgetting that niśśreyasa (mokṣa or liberation) is the ultimate goal of life. For a man of the world, it is certainly not wrong to entertain modest ambitions with regard to wealth, power, progeny or fame, to keep himself and his family happy and contented. On the other hand, he will be failing in his duty if he neglects his family and makes his dependents suffer. However, it is equally emphasised that while striving for abhyudaya, he should never forsake dharma (righteousness).

See also NIŚŚREYASA.