Widely mistaken as a simple explicit sex manual, the Kama Sutra is actually a work of life and sexual philosophy within its Ancient context.
Kama is Sanskrit for “desire,” and “Sutra” is Sanskrit for thread which can be seen as a metaphor for discussion.
The approach of Kama Sutra is to embrace the duality of Human sexuality, and in doing so it acknowledges the complexity of human sexual demands and behavior.
As a work rooted in Hindu Philosophy, the Kama Sutra invokes the following 4 Tenets of Hinduism and their relevance in the fullfillment of Human existence from the outset:
Kama (Passion and Desire) and;
Ultimately, in order for sexual activity to be fulfilling, it must accord with the above principles which determine the happiness of a person’s complete existence of which sexual desire is but one element.
As a sex guide, the Kama Sutra is divided into 7 sections or parts:
Part 1. Dattaka – Hindu principles
An introduction to Hindu philosophy and the role of the four fundamental principles of Hindu life and how they fit into one’s fulfillment of sexual desire.
Part 2. Suvarnanabha – The Sex Act
This part discusses 64 sex positions, but also includes non-sexual erotic activities like embracing and kissing.
Some of the popular sex positions include:
Part 3. Ghotakamukha – Courtship
This section deals with the bachelor life and what are probably archaic techniques of courting a female for marriage.
Part 4. Gonardiya – Duties of a Wife
These duties include catering, cleaning, and cooking to the husband, and can also be considered anachronistic by today’s standards.
Part 5. Gonikaputra
This section covers non sexual intimacy with a particular focus on couple Power dynamics and Psychology as well as how to utilise these to deepen emotional bonds in order to keep one’s partner.
Part 6. Charayana – Prostitutes
The emphasis of this particular area is the use of prostitutes by men.
Part 7. Kuchumara – Occult practices
The Occult features in the last part of the Kama Sutra which discusses ways to maintain an exciting sexual relationship such as personal grooming, scented oils and perfumes as well as home cures for sexual ailments like erectile dysfunction.
All things considered, the Kama Sutra can be viewed as a guide to the philosophy of life through the lens of sexual desire.
It teaches how one can fulfill their sexual desire in a healthy way that maitains the fabric of Society and family life whilst ensuring that the individual’s authentic sexual desires are fulfilled because they are recognised as legitimate and fundamental.
Check out the Kama Sutra Positions image gallery as well as the complete Kama Sutra Audiobook below.