The Kama Sutra of Vatsyayana

Author: Mallanaga Vātsyāyana

Subject: Philosophy

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Republished: Sep 13, 2020

Language: English

Goodreads Rating: 3.48

Description

The Kama Sutra is an ancient Indian Sanskrit text on sexuality, eroticism and emotional fulfillment in life. Attributed to Vātsyāyana, the Kama Sutra is neither exclusively nor predominantly a sex manual on sex positions, but written as a guide to the art of living well, the nature of love, finding a life partner, maintaining one’s love life, and other aspects pertaining to pleasure-oriented faculties of human life. It is a sutra-genre text with terse aphoristic verses that have survived into the modern era with different bhasya (exposition and commentaries). The text is a mix of prose and anustubh-meter poetry verses. The text acknowledges the Hindu concept of Purusharthas, and lists desire, sexuality, and emotional fulfillment as one of the proper goals of life. Its chapters discuss methods for courtship, training in the arts to be socially engaging, finding a partner, flirting, maintaining power in a married life, when and how to commit adultery, sexual positions, and other topics. The majority of the book is about the philosophy and theory of love, what triggers desire, what sustains it, and how and when it is good or bad.

About Author

Vātsyāyana is an ancient Indian philosopher, known for writing the Kama Sutra, the most ancient book in the world on human sexuality. He lived in India during the second or third century CE, probably in Pataliputra (modern day Patna).

Quotes From this Book

“So long as lips shall kiss,and eyes shall see,so long lives this ,and this gives life to thee.”

“for it is a universal rule that however bashful or angry a woman may be she never disregards a man’s kneeling at her feet.”

“A person who does nothing will enjoy no happiness.”

“a man loves a girl ever so much, he never succeeds in winning her without a great deal of talking’.”

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