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Kama Sutra: A Guide to the Art of Pleasure

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While attempting to get a translation of the Sanskrit kama-sastra text Anangaranga that had already been widely translated by the Hindus in regional languages such as Marathi, associates of the British Orientalist Richard Burton stumbled into portions of the Kamasutra manuscript. By using the Web site, you confirm that you have read, understood, and agreed to be bound by the Terms and Conditions.

Human relationships, sex and emotional fulfillment are a significant part of the post-Vedic Sanskrit literature such as the major Hindu epics: the Mahabharata and the Ramayana. We are experiencing delays with deliveries to many countries, but in most cases local services have now resumed. C. Upadhyaya, known for his 1961 scholarly study and a more accurate translation of the Kamasutra, there are issues with the manuscripts that have survived and the text likely underwent revisions over time. The original Kama Sutra was an ancient text that provided insights into finding happiness and fulfilment with your partner - but it also depicted varied sexual positions and techniques, for a satisfying sex life.Indira Kapoor, a director of the International Planned Parenthood Foundation, states that the Kamasutra is a treatise on human sexual behavior and an ancient attempt to seriously study sexuality among other things. His translations from the Sanskrit include Hitopadesa , Simhasana Dvatrimsika , Subhashitavali , Kama Sutra , The Courtesan's Keeper , The Seduction of Shiva , Suleiman Charitra , Raghuvamsam and Three Hundred Verses , all published in Penguin Classics. However, this method of knowledge preservation and transmission has its foundation in the Vedas, which themselves are cryptic and require a commentator and teacher-guide to comprehend the details and the inter-relationship of the ideas.

Its uniqueness lies in that it discusses the theme of sexual pleasure without any feeling of shyness or shame. While the original text makes no mention of astrology and horoscopes, later commentaries on the Kamasutra such as one by 13th-century Yashodhara includes consulting and comparing the compatibility of the horoscopes, omens, planetary alignments, and such signs prior to proposing a marriage. The ancient Indian view has been, states Johann Meyer, that love and sex are a delightful necessity. In childhood, Vātsyāyana says, a person should learn how to make a living; youth is the time for pleasure, and as years pass, one should concentrate on living virtuously and hope to escape the cycle of rebirth.Condensing a text into a sutra-genre religious text form makes it easier to remember and transmit, but it also introduces ambiguity and the need to understand the context of each chapter, its philological roots, as well as the prior literature, states Doniger. note 1] According to John Keay, the Kama Sutra is a compendium that was collected into its present form in the 2nd century CE. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford’s commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

Along with Dharmasastras, Arthasastras and Mokshasastras, the Kamasastras genre have been preserved in palm leaf manuscripts.

In the rare mention of caste found in the text, it is about a man finding his legal wife and the advice that humorous stories to seduce a woman should be about "other virgins of same jati (caste)". Doniger notes Kama Sutra was composed "sometime in the third century of the common era, most likely in its second half, at the dawn of the Gupta Empire".

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