The ancient seers of India described human life as having four stages, or four goals – along with a fifth which is hidden beyond and within them all. The fifth goal comes from the element of ether which pervades everything, yet is outside them all. The other four goals come from the four elements: air, earth, fire and water.
The first thing a human being needs is pleasure. Not just human beings, but all life has this as the basic underlying motive. Air creates sensations, and is responsible for making us desire pleasurable ones. The air signs, Gemini, Libra and Aquarius mark the way points along the evolution of this goal of life.
After pleasure, what we need next is stability. We all want lollipops, for example. But one you get a lollipop you start to worry about where the next one will come from. You start to want some sort of stash of lollipops. You want some allowance, some salary to insure that you can get a lollipop whenever you want one. The earth signs, Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn are responsible for achieving and evolving this goal of life.
Once you have stability you become a target. You got your stash of lollipops, and here come sean and scott, the neighborhood brutes, to take it from you by force. That’s a big problem, be it with a stash of lollipops or a mugging, bank robbery or embezzlement. So the third goal of life is moral structure to ensure us against the loss of our treasure of lollis. The fire signs, Aries, Leo and Sagittarius strike back at the thieves and cheats – create structure and government, and give moral guidance to accomplish and evolve this third goal of life.
Finally, you sit there with your bowl of lollipops safe on your morally sound lap… and you start to reflect. “What the hell is all this fuss over lollipops in the first place?!” You become pensive and look within. Is there something deeper than all this elaborate civilization we have built around, basically, candy? You seek for inner truth and enlightenment. The water signs, Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces, are responsible for creating and perfecting the impulse to achieve this goal of life.
What is the fifth goal, you ask? The goal which permeates and transcends all others? The one thing which is in itself the supreme pleasure of air, the supreme treasure of earth, the supreme moral of fire and the supreme emotional enlightenment of water?
Those ancient seers called it “prema” – divine, selfless love.
– Vic DiCara
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