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How well do you know Kamasutra?

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
May 23, 2013
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Kamasutra brings about a certain thought in people; it sounds like a hurricane of sexual blast, one that will sweep you off your feet into a land of erotic fantasies. But, is Kamasutra all about that? We are aware of the positions that this epic book of love holds, but do we know the depth of it? It is only fair that we understand the philosophy behind the book on erotic love making.


[Read: Love Teachings of Kamasutra]


The Origins


There are many stories revolving around the origins of the Kamasutra, and one interesting story revolves around Nandi, who was the doorkeeper of Shiva. According to the story, Nandi had bestowed the secrets of the Kamasutra onto the humankind after he heard god Shiva and his wife, Parvati when they were making love.


Vatsyayana’s role was merely to transcribe and note Kamasutra in Sanskrit for the people, and that is why the existing book is known as Vatsyayana Kamasutra.


Philosophy


Kamasutra was not written as a pornographic source. It is not something to be used only for sexual gratification. Kamasutra is part of a larger collection of ancient Indian text known as the Kama Shastra, which can be translated as The Disciples of Kama, where Kama is referred to as the God of Love. Although, it is a sensuous book, Kamasutra is actually related to the Hindu faith and system.


The ancient texts of India describe four achievements of a human being in his life or rather achievements that one should strive to get. They are:

  • Dharma, which means religion
  • Arth, which means wealth
  • Kama, which means pleasure
  • Moksha, which means salvation.


These stages play out in three distinct stages of a human life. They are, childhood, youth, and old age. Vatsyayana informs us that a person must segregate his life into equal parts so as to experience all that the human life entails. Therefore, a man practices religion, gets wealthy and also experiences carnal pleasures. The trick, however, is that you should not let one take priority over another.


Kamasutra has sixty four love making positions described in it and they are not just ways to give you pleasure. The positions teach people practicing them to be skillful, playful, understanding, refined, sexual, beautiful and intelligent. The book teaches and strengthens yours and your lover’s relationship to a great extent, and informs you to make it a point to pay attention to every inch of your lover's body.


The Positions


There are sixty four sex positions mentioned in the Kamasutra. While Kamasutra prepares women to be more refined, skillful, playful and beautiful, it allows men to understand the female’s nature and the importance of cultivating sensual moods and intimacy.


[Read: Have Sex the Kama Sutra way]

 


Kamasutra quotes, “as the sixty-four arts are respected, are charming, and add to the talent of women, they are called by the Acharyas dear to women. A man skilled in the sixty-four arts is looked upon with love by his own wife, by the wives of others, and by courtesans.

 

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