The Kama Sutra

The Kama Sutra

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The Kama Sutra, is an ancient Indian text widely considered to be the standard work on human sexual behavior in Sanskrit literature written by the Indian scholar Vatsyayana. A portion of the work consists of practical advice on sex. Kāma means sensual or sexual pleasure, and sūtra are the guidlines of yoga, the word itself means thread in Sanskrit.

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The Kama Sutra, is an ancient Indian text widely considered to be the standard work on human sexual behavior in Sanskrit literature written by the Indian scholar Vatsyayana. A portion of the work consists of practical advice on sex. Kāma means sensual or sexual pleasure, and sūtra are the guidlines of yoga, the word itself means thread in Sanskrit.
The Kama Sutra is the oldest and most notable of a group of texts known generically as Kama Shastra). Traditionally, the first transmission of Kama Shastra or "Discipline of Kama" is attributed to Nandi the sacred bull, Shiva's doorkeeper, who was moved to sacred utterance by overhearing the lovemaking of the god and his wife Parvati and later recorded his utterances for the benefit of mankind.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940013842175
Publisher:
Maran State Books
Publication date:
12/12/2011
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Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
1 MB

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Vātsyāyana is the name of a Hindu philosopher in the Vedic tradition who is believed to have lived during time of the Gupta Empire (4th to 6th centuries AD) in India. His name appears as the author of the Kama Sutra and of Nyāya Sutra Bhāshya, the first commentary on Gotama's Nyāya Sutras.


It is impossible to fix the exact date either of the life of Vatsyayana or of his work. It is believed that he must have lived between the 1st and 6th century AD, on the following grounds: He mentions that Satakarni Satavahana, a king of Kuntal, killed Malayevati his wife with an instrument called Katamari by striking her in the passion of love. Vatsyayana quotes this case to warn people of the danger arising from some old customs of striking women when under the influence of sexual passion. This king of Kuntal is believed to have lived and reigned during the 1st century AD, and consequently Vatsyayana must have lived after him. On the other hand, another author, Varahamihira, in the eighteenth chapter of his "Brihatsanhita", discusses of the science of love, and appears to have borrowed largely from Vatsyayana on the subject. Varahamihira is believed to have lived during the 6th century, and therefore Vatsyayana must have written his works before the 6th century.

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The Kama Sutra 2.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 53 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a must for anyone interested in exploring their sexuality. I highly recommend!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good to the socity for having healthy sex . It caries great values for the proper sexual contact. Great book!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I believed this one to be a guide with pictures and the names of each position but it's more just a walk through of sexuality.
tomensnaben More than 1 year ago
The book looks like they printed and bound a post from a 90s Usenet group. The entire book is just plain, unformatted text, even going as far as using underscores beside text instead of italics. There is no change in font or size in any of the text, even for chapter headings, which are not even given page breaks. I would comment on the lack of a table of contents, but even if it had one, it would be useless, since the pages are unnumbered. Particularly for a public domain work like this, there is no reason to settle for something this poorly made.
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