It sounds, as if it were a book about many acrobatics, that ancient Hindu text Kama Sutra. Sexual positions It is still used by Hindus and Indians. And when we say “ancient,” we truly mean it: While scholars can’t say for sure, the Kama Sutra was written sometime between 400 BCE and 300CE.
It was printed in English in late 1800s. The main message for many was the portrayals of ambitious sex moves, which certainly raised eyebrows in those times. These very graphic images, which some call Indian sex stories are part of a larger project to teach lessons for a fulfilled life. We can all agree that sex is an essential part of this project, regardless of where you live.
Sutra is the Hindu word meaning “text”. Kama is described as meaning “love”, which makes the Kama Sutra the “Love Text”. It is not about sexual positions, as the vast majority of Western readers believe it is. Combinations of sexual partnersThe entire work is about so much more.
The Kama Sutra, as you can see, is only one text. It was written over many years by many authors. The purpose of the whole work was not to entertain, but to provide guidelines and actions to lead a happy life. The “Love Text”–the Kama Sutra–does have a focus on pleasure, but in the greater context of passion and desire, all in a way that does not violate one’s moral responsibility on their path to spiritual liberation.
Although we believe that pleasure and sex are a part of a happy life, it is not something we have been promoting. These ancient living guides go far beyond sex. The sutras include more texts that provide information about the following:
Dharma concerns the order of the universe and things, as well as the order one must adhere to (laws and duties, morals etc.). To maintain harmony in nature.
Artha is focused on what one needs to do in order to be able live the life they want. This is about work and wealth.
Kama is, as we’ve said, about passion–both sexual and non-sexual, as well as affection. The Kama text covers the ways that life can be enjoyed without disrupting Dharma, and not interfering with one’s Moksha, explained below.
Moksha is the state of emancipation or release from the cycles of life, death and rebirth–the Hindu concept of samsara–but more practically, it can be a guide to self-knowledge and self-realization.
You may not have known there was more to Kamasutra that sex. And you’d certainly be forgiven for thinking so: Audiences in the late 1800s were more titillated by the book of “Indian Sex Stories” than they were about how to live in a way that is more in harmony with the world and people around you.
The good news is that you now have the knowledge, so why not do some deeper research and discover how better sex, living within one’s means and being kind to others can all lead to a more satisfying life.
Colin Hanna is a Volonté contributor and freelance writer who lives in Shanghai, China with his wife. He’s written extensively about sex and human sexuality for LELO since 2010.