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A Sacred Exploration into The Kama Sutra
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The Origin of The Kama Sutra
The Kama Sutra is said to be an ancient text which originated in India and is considered by many modern day scientists and experts to be the standard work on sexual behavior. Originally written in the Sanskrit language by Vātsyāyana, Kama basically means ‘to love’ and Sutra means ‘a manual.’ So when one combines the two, the Kama Sutra is in essence, a lovemaking manual.
The History of Kama Sutra
Kama Sutra also goes by the lessor known name of Kama Shastra, and is one of the three ancient texts that were written in Sanskrit in an attempt to describe what the acceptable goals in the life of person should be. The Indian texts are therefore solely devoted to ‘Karma” which is a legitimate goal, but less exalted as compared to the goal of “Artha” which means power. Both of these aspirations are considered secondary only to the pursuit of “Dharma” which refers to moral value and is considered to be the most worthy of accomplishments. The creation of the Kama Sutra came out of the need for people to have and know the methods of creating the next generation of society, both efficiently and of course, pleasurably. Since creating offspring is the most vital aspect of any civilization, the Kama Sutra was written to provide people with the physical, spiritual and emotional tools necessary to reach their goals. Legend has it, that Nandi, a companion of the god Shiva was inspired to write the original version of The Kama Sutra after once overhearing Shiva make love to his wife, Parvati, which can be dated back to the fourth century. Vatsayana became famous for being a respected articular on the Sutras that were originally passed down by The Buddha to mankind in the attempt to assist them with their trials and tribulations. However, the version of Vatsayana incorporates the works of his own observations on Hindu society as well as the works of other ancient scholars, which is widely accepted and honored by Indian Tradition.
The Content of the Kama Sutra
Even though the Kama Sutra is now associated with erotica in The West, it is not the only topic in the content of the time-honored, ancient text. The acts of lovemaking are further divided into eight different methods, with each of the eight methods able to be performed in eight different sexual positions. There are 64 various parts of love depicted in the Kama Sutra, comprising of both heterosexual and homosexual acts of sexual gratification. These 64 sections may also be described as the ways in which one can strengthen the intimate connection with their partner. Apart from that, there are also 35 chapters that are solely dedicated on the various ways in which one can attract a spouse, and on how to be a good partner. Even in today’s world, there are many people who still follow the philosophy of this ancient text and believe it to be an inspiring work of art that helps to transcend the physical world.