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Hinduism - What Is The Kama Sutra?


 ("desire handbook") Traditionally credited to the sage Vatsyayana, this is by far the most renowned of the ancient sexual texts.

This passage is often linked with a long list of sexual positions and pleasures, yet it extends much beyond that preconception.

Vatsyayana was fascinated by the concept of desire in all of its forms.

The book starts with a discussion of life's four purposes (purushartha): worldly things (artha), desire (kama), religious obligation (dharma), and soul liberation (moksha).

Because desire was one of the established ends of human existence, Vatsyayana reasoned that pursuing it was a desirable thing as long as it did not interfere with the others.

Vatsyayana next described how to cultivate desire after establishing its validity.

The second book of the Kama Sutra comprises the text's most well-known material: a description and classification of many sorts of sexual connection.

It starts by defining different forms of sexual endowment in both men and women.

It then goes on to discuss various types of hugging, kissing, clawing, and biting as symbols of passion, as well as sexual positions and oral sex.

Following that are chapters on finding a bride, enticing other men's wives (which the book forbids until one's desire is "too intense"), courte sans, and general observations on the nature of attraction.

The book offers a guide to all aspects of sensual life, showing how sex may be developed into a vehicle for both artistic and sheer carnal pleasure.

The Kama Sutra is especially renowned for its attitude toward women, who are seen to have equal sexual desire and pleasure.

Rather than one person serving the other, the ultimate goal is for both partners to be sexually satisfied.

Many translations of the Kama Sutra have been made.

 


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Hinduism - How Prevalent And Accepted Has Homosexuality Been In Hindu Society?



Although homosexuality is not unheard of in Indian society, it has never been widely accepted.

The Kama Sutra includes a short description of gay oral intercourse and the kinds of men who engaged in it, although it is just a fleeting remark.

In current times, male transvestites known as hijras are often used as gay prostitutes, and they have a well-accepted albeit minor presence in Indian society.

Although the pursuit of pleasure (of any type) is a goal of life (purushartha) according to the prevalent Hindu ethos, other circumstances have steered the expression of sexual desire in different areas, particularly toward conventional marriage.

One is the universal desire for children, especially males; another is the idea of the family as the core social unit.

Furthermore, the traditional male fear of losing vitality as a result of seminal ejection is a motivation to avoid sexual intercourse.

Finally, the cultural belief that ultimate enlightenment occurs only when one has relinquished all impulses would have influenced all forms of sexual desire.


 

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Hinduism - What Is The Spiritual And Religious Significance Of Eroticism Expressed In Hindu Scriptures?


Despite the fact that Hindu religious life is typically linked with detachment and renunciation, Hindu culture has also cultivated a significant amount of eroticism, which has a well-established role in daily life. 

The Kama Sutra, a well-known "manual" on the art of love, is one example of the ratishastra literary genre, which includes "treatises on [sexual] pleasure." The sculptures carved on the temples of Konarak and Khajuraho, as well as the amount of attention paid to love poetry, are further instances of eroticism in the culture. 

In Hindu culture, one of the purusharthas, or life goals, is kama ("desire," notably sexual desire), along with artha (wealth), dharma (religious obligation), and moksha (ultimate libation of the soul). 

As a result, sexual pleasure is accepted as a valid objective as long as it is seen in the correct context. 

Although renunciation is one of the major principles of Hinduism, nonrenouncing has been emphasized almost as much. 

Eroticism is reflected in current popular Hindu culture via tantra, an esoteric ritual practice in which sexual connection is a metaphor for liberation. 

As the most famous of the panchamakara or "Five Forbidden Things," sexual intercourse is often integrated as an actual part in tantric ritual. 

Despite the fact that tantric practice is sometimes associated with illegal sexuality, such actions are always carried out inside a controlled ceremonial environment. 

The ultimate goal of tantric practice is to destroy the dichotomy between holy and profane, which is ultimately a symptom of ignorance, rather than to fulfill one's carnal urges. 

One approach to erase this dichotomy is to ritualize ordinarily banned activity, as well as to stress the superiority of tantric practice over other types of religious life. 

The adept is also mimicking Shiva, who is both the ideal yogi and the model spouse, in this practice. 



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