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Kama Desires

Four life goals are:

  1. Morality (dharma): To hold together (from dhri), to sustain. To live with our individual nature in accord with the whole flow of things around.
  2. Material Needs (Artha): Providing for the needs like hunger, thirst, safety and others
  3. Desires (Kama): Desire for passion and emotion, fulfillment of desires, and fulfillment of emotional needs. Kama is the enjoyment of appropriate objects by the five senses of hearing, feeling, seeing, tasting and smelling.
  4. Moksa: Experiencing the Absolute Truth or Reality, who we think we are, Self-realization, understanding unknown God


Every religion and culture laid down its concepts and beliefs in different forms ranging from arts, scripture, paintings, to various literatures. Though Brahmacharya or celibacy is mentioned as one of the path, there are many books on sexuality. In Hindu religion, “Kama Deva” and “Rati Devi” are considered as God and Goddess of Sex, respectively. There are also stories related to normal and abnormal sexuality. Some of the literatures like Kamasutra of Vatsayan, Ratishastra, and Kalyanamalla's Ananga Ranga, etc., exclusively focused on sexuality. Ayurveda, Charak Samhita, and Susruta Samhita mentions sexuality and treatment of related health issues. Wall sculptures of Khajuraho, Ajanta, and Sun temple of Konark carries the footprints of eroticism of the ancient era.

காமம் – இயற்கையான வாழ்க்கைச் சக்தி. து. வாழ்க்கை இருப்பதும் வளர்வதும் காமம் என்ற அடிப்படைச் சக்தியினால்.
காமம் மொழிவது மலரினும் மெல்லிது காமம் சிலரதன்
செவ்வி தலைப் படுவார் (குறள் எண்:1289)
(காமம் மலரைவிட மென்மை உடையதாகும்; அந்த உண்மை அறிந்து அதன் நல்ல பயனைப் பெறக்கூடியவர் சிலரே.
Attraction/Lust is a Natural Life force. Life exists and grows by this fundamental power of lust. Lust is softer than a flower; there are few who know that truth and reap its benefits.

The Kama Sutra, is a philosophy of love dealing with questions such as what sparks desire, what maintains it, and how it can be wisely cultivated. In ancient India, sex was not associated with shame—but a joyous aspect of human existence. Sages honor kama but insist that we’ll never achieve wholeness through the act of sex alone.

Sex without true intimacy and sharing can leave us feeling empty. Lovers stir the pot of their erotic attraction by seeing one another as embodiments of all their cravings. And they spice it up by sharing secrets, making up affectionate names for one another, playing games, and giving inventive gifts. This imaginative play of love is symbolized by the relationship of the divine couple, Radha and Krishna, whose romantic adventures are celebrated in Indian dance, music, theater, and poetry. Gita Govinda by Jayadeva is Foreplay of Krishna and Radha.

Shringara rasa is transformed into Bhakti. Meera as a Krishna-bhakta, ie, a saint, a woman who made her sexuality into spirituality. Meera at Vrindavan entered an all-male Satsang claiming that the only male at Vrindavan is Krishna and all else are but his gopis (devotees).

Physical companionship/Sex may be pleasure. Is Spirituality/Love bliss? You can discuss or try to understand pleasure but bliss has to be experienced

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