Daisy Quevedo Professor Bonaparte English 1020 February 8, 2011 The Reality of the Kama Sutra The Kama Sutra was written in 2nd century C. E. by Mallanaga Vatsyayana. It is believed to be the primary text written on human sexual behavior, spirituality, love, and marriage. Most people perceive the Kama Sutra as a solely sexual book with a million different sexual positions, but it is so much more than that. The Kama Sutra combines sex, love, and spirituality all in one and explains how one cannot be in balance without the other.
It states that humans are sexual beings from birth until death and that we should embrace our natural instincts together with our religion (preferably with a loved one), and understand how important our sexuality plays a huge role in marriage [among other things as well]. In the introductory, it states what man should practice in harmony; Dharma, Artha, and Kama. “Dharma is the acquisition of religious merit, Artha is the acquisition of wealth and property, and Kama is love, pleasure, and sensual gratification. ” If all these virtues are practiced in their right time, the Man “enjoys happiness both in this world and in the next world to come. Although Indian society frowns upon allowing females to study and learn what men learn, the Kama Sutra says they “should study the arts and sciences contained in Dharma and Artha before marriage, and after it they should continue to do so with the consent of their husbands. ” Vatsyayana’s reason for this belief was due to the fact that women know the practice and science of Kama itself (natural instincts). “A female, therefore, should learn the Kama Shastra (traditional works on Kama; attaining enjoyment and fulfillment), or at least part of it, by studying its practice from some confidential friend. Part two of the Kama Sutra discusses and argues the kinds of sexual union according to dimensions, force of desire or passion, and time. There are certain unions between men and women that aren’t well matched and will never develop. Vatsyayana says in his text that men and women are divided into three classes according to the size of their genitals. The Man is allocated into three classes: the hare man, the bull man, and the horse man. The woman is a female deer, a mare, or a female elephant. This basically means that each person has a counterpart and not everyone is compatible. Men and women, being of the same nature, feel the same kind of pleasure, and therefore a man should marry such a woman as will love him ever afterwards. ” There are six parts in the Kama Sutra of Vatsyayana that which cannot be all included in this research paper. The parts skipped are: Part III: About the Acquisition of a Wife, Part IV; About a Wife, Part V: About the Wives of Other People, and Part VI: About Courtesans. The final part is the shortest subject in the Kama Sutra; Part VII: On the Means of Attracting Others to One’s Self.
At the beginning of the first chapter in Part VII it states that “when a person fails to obtain the object of his desires by any of the ways previously related in the other parts of the Kama Sutra, he should then have recourse to other ways of attracting others to himself. ” Vatsyayana provides substantial information on [tonic medicines] herbs, plants, oils, animals, and other things found in nature that makes one attractive and lovely in the eyes of the opposite gender, especially if they lack the obvious qualities of good looks and youth.
It continues with tips on how to enlarge a man’s lingam (penis), and also tips on personal care and hygiene for women and how to enlarge her yoni (vagina). After reading the Kama Sutra, I am finally satisfied on knowing what it is truly about. I have no more curiosity or unanswered questions on the subject and I hope this will encourage those who are ignorant on the subject to explore it more for their personal knowledge. The Kama Sutra is not a light reading; therefore I wouldn’t recommend it to minors.
I would’ve liked to write more on the marriage part of the book but it is one of the most complex chapters I came across. In conclusion, I would like to leave the reader with this very true and intriguing quote: “This work is not intended to be used merely as an instrument for satisfying our desires. A person, acquainted with the true principles of this science, and who preserves his Dharma, Artha, and Kama, and has regard for the practices of the people, is sure to obtain the mastery over his senses. ” – Mallanaga Vatsyayana