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A Brief Introduction to the Kama Sutra

Compiled between 400 BCE and 200 CE, the Kama Sutra is the oldest and most famous of the group of text known as Kama Shastra. While this ancient Hindu work is considered to be the definitive text on human sexuality, the Kama Sutra features more than just the basics fundamentals of sex. Vātsyāyana’s work consists of both prose and poetry verses designed to provide practical advice on certain aspects of human pleasure. “Kama,” which means sensual or sexual pleasure, is one of the four goals of Hindu life, and “sutra,” which is a collection of aphorisms, makes this an all-encompassing manual on love, pleasure, and family life.

Whether you’re after a mind-blowing, toe-curling orgasm or a more metaphysical and spiritual connection, the Kama Sutra has everything you need to achieve the love and affection you desire. And with its step-by-step instructions and steamy illustrations, it is tailored and customized to enhance the pleasure and bond shared by you and your partner. Here are a few ways that this ancient Hindu work can help better your love, sex, and overall relationship.

Kama Sutra on Love

The Kama Sutra introduces us to what some Indian philosophies consider the four main goals of life or purusharthas as explained by Hindu Human Rights: Dharma, which means virtuous living; Artha, meaning material prosperity; Kama, which represents aesthetic and erotic pleasure; and Moksha, the last principle, implies liberation.

The Dharma, Artha, and Kama are goals that we should aim for in our everyday lives, while Moksha is released from the cycle of death and rebirth. Dharma or virtue is the highest goal, a secure life, or Artha, the second, and pleasure or Kama as the least important.

These goals are to be followed in order and, if any conflict, the higher motives must be followed. In observing these motives in this fashion, followers of the Kama Sutra believe that virtue should supersede making money, but earning a living should take precedence over pleasure. This school of thought can be applied to all facets of one’s life, particularly when it comes to love and sex, and followers are encouraged to learn to make a living and pursue pleasure while they’re young, moving on to the pursuit of virtue as they grow old.

Kama Sutra on Sex

After the initial five chapters on the aims and priorities of life, the Kama Sutra goes on to detail sexual positions, moves, and behaviors, describing 64 different types of sex acts. As a result, this part of the manual is the most well-known and explored by the masses. In its 10 chapters, the sexual union part of the Kama Sutra focuses on the stimulation of desire, a range of different embraces, ways of caressing, and kissing. It even includes some techniques used by those into light bondage such as scratching, biting, and slapping. Contemporary followers of the Kama Sutra can use these moves in conjunction with other kinky sex acts, such as those explored by Adam & Eve‘s handy sex-ed guide. In addition to providing modern sex education, they cover a variety of sex positions ranging from the simple to the quite complicated.

Although the three chapters proceeding the ten on sexual unions are centered more on the pleasures of men, the sixth and seventh parts can be applied to both sexes as they provide practical advice for choosing lovers, finding a steady lover, and re-sparking a former romance. The final part of the Kama Sutra even gives tips on improving one’s physical attractiveness in order to arouse and incite sexual pleasure. Thus, the Kama Sutra is the perfect guide to achieving great love, sex, and prosperity while maintaining your virtue—all of which are key to living a happy and productive life.

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