Kamasutra is a compilation of the much more extensive Kama shastras based on the Vedas. The composer, rather compiler of Kamasutra, Vatsayana, merely quotes from what he understood from the large volumes of Kama shastras and put these thoughts in the treatise called Kama shastra.
Three types of activities are essential for life to ensure its survival, known as Dharma, Artha and Kama. The first part called Artha ensure the survival of the species, kama makes sure about the transmission of life from while rules of behaviour and morality are contained in Dharma which ensure the cohesive life of the species.
The ancient Indians knew the fundamental needs of humans living in a society. Sex and survival of the species are the basic governing instincts that bring about the existence of a society. The citizens of the society are asked to enjoy their life with sixty four arts as detailed in shastras. Apart from the arts that make a person more desirable sexually, love making has been described as follows:
Kamasutra positions are all about leading your life wisely and putting your creative faculties to their best use. Despite the name, it basically covers all three aspects of life, i.e. Dharma, Artha and Kama. Some of the customs detailed therein may not be most suitable in the current times, but there is no question of the wisdom and guidance for life you can get from the books. Apart from guidance for a virtuous life, you also get great insights on how to make your love life more enjoyable.
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