Week 44-What is the Kama Sutra?

June 26, 2009


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Kama Sutra is the most renowned and ancient formulation of the art of love. It is the earliest surviving sexual “know how” and offers exciting new ways to experience sexual pleasure. It was first written down by the sage Vatsyayana around the 4th century AD. Kama means sexuality or erotic practice and Sutra means thread.

Hinduism states that religion, earthly possessions, sex and salvation of the soul are all equally important aspects of life.  Hindus believe that if sex is ignored, then human society will disappear. (Truer words have rarely been spoken: no sex=no new people) .

The Kama Sutra is most known in western culture for its many sexual positions but it is not just a work of erotic sexual positions – it is a picture of the art of living for civilized and refined people including the sphere of love, eroticism, and the pleasures of life. It explains the sexual positions in categories of sitting, rear entry, standing and role reversal positions.  Each of these categories has several different ways to experience sex.

About three hundred years after the Kama Sutra was written, some of the sexual positions were reinterpreted in a Tantric way; but the Kama Sutra and Tantric sex have different purposes.

Planned Parenthood of northern New England’s Education Department carefully selects all weekly questions. All questions are actual inquiries made to PPNNE by college-aged students.

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