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KamaSutra  and  Tantra


The Kama Sutra, is the earliest surviving example of a written Hindu love-manual. It was compiled by the Indian sage Vatsyayana sometime between the second and fourth centuries A.C.E. His work was based on earlier Kama Shastras or "Rules of Love" going back to at least the seventh century B.C. and is a compendium of the social norms and love-customs of patriarchal Northern India around the time he lived.

Vatsyayana's Kama Sutra is valuable today for his psychological insights into the interactions and scenarios of love, and for his structured approach to the many diverse situations he describes. He defines different types of men and women, matching what he terms "equal" unions, and gives detailed descriptions of many love-postures. In what is now considered NewAge_KamaSutra, the emphasis is again on the "equal unions' being either opposite sex partners or same sex partners.

The Kama Sutra was written for the wealthy male city-dweller. It is not, and was never intended to be, a lover's guide for the masses, nor is it a "Tantric love-manual." About three hundred years after the Kama Sutra became popular, some of the love-making positions described in it were reinterpreted in a Tantric way. Since Tantra is an all-encompassing sensual science, love-making positions are relevant to spiritual practice.


Generally, Tantras only recommend the use of only a few different love-postures during spiritual sex sessions. Five principle positions, all of which are found in the Kama Sutra, cover what is normally appropriate. These five principle Tantric love-making positions (which have many variations) are:

l) Man on his back, man or woman on top;

2) Woman or man on their back, man on top;

3) Woman or man and man on their sides, facing each other;

4) Woman or man with their back to the man;

5) Seated positions, normally face-to-face.

Vatsyayana's Kama Sutra is divided into seven parts; general remarks, amorous advances, acquiring a wife, duties and privileges of a wife, relations with other men's wives, and a section about courtesans and occult means. The seventh and last part of the Kama Sutra is an appendix to the main work. It includes detailed formulations of substances familiar to Ayurvedic (Indian indigenous) medicine, with the emphasis on virilifics and aphrodisiacs. Some magical procedures of a type that in later times would be described as Tantric, are also found in the last chapter of the Kama Sutra.

The terminology used by Vatsyayana is context specific. For example, when he uses the word Yoga he is referring to sexual intercourse, the word Tantra means to him "method," "technique," or "mechanics," and he uses the word Tantra to mean the sexual organ "utilized as an instrument," or to mean a dildo or "artificial love device." Lingam specifically refers to the male sex organ, while Yoni refers to the female sex organ.

The Kama Sutra has hardly any resemblance to any known Tantra, nor do any Tantras resemble it, except in their common inclusion of brief descriptions of love postures. Nevertheless, the Kama Sutra is the earliest surviving sexual "how-to" and set the stage for many others, including those in which sexual techniques, postures, potions, charms and superstitions were promoted over the centuries.

Modern Kama Sutra is often confused with or mixed with Tantric sex. Tantra is a very spiritual practice which teaches that the energy of the universe is within us and we use that spiritual energy to guide us.

Kama Sutra on the other hand teaches us the process of treating ourselves and other people in an appropriate manner based on their social classes, gender, and even jobs. Some of these teachings are somewhat outdated or irrelevant to western civilization, but interesting all the same.

Kama Sutra, when combined with Tantra, can teach us the most rewarding kind of sexuality.

It mixes various positions with the energy and spirituality that makes the positions more than just sexual positioning.

The combination offers an experience that is meaningful and sensual for both partners; an experience that the couple will want to relive often, which is sure to enhance any relationship.

Tantra-tantric sex-karma sutra

TANTRIC SEX or Tantra is a form of active meditation; it’s spontaneous and promotes the development of an intimate relationship with self that is then shared with a partner in everyday life and in intimate lovemaking. The history of Tantra dates back many thousands of years and evolved in India. Tantric practices were at their most popular between 500 and 1300 AD. The Tantric texts specify that sex has three distinct and separate purposes — procreation, pleasure and liberation.

The Kama Sutra (Sanskrit for "Aphorisms of Love") of Vatsyayana is perhaps the most well-known published work on Tantric Philosopy. Written in ancient India the text is a beautiful and in-depth guide to love, sexuality, sexual positions, sexual techniques, and kundalini yoga and meditation. It focuses on increasing and experiencing sexual enjoyment and other sensual pleasures. It also contains profound historical and anthropological insights into the mores, customs and cultural paradigms of ancient India.

Through Tantric sex you learn to extend the sexual experience and to build and channel potent orgasmic energies, thereby raising your level of consciousness. There is no goal in Tantric sex, only the present moment of perfect and harmonious union. Tantra teaches you to revere your sexual partner and to transform the act of sex into a sacrament of love.

Tantra teaches that sexual experience, when entered into with presence and conscious awareness, is a gateway to both sexual and spiritual ecstasy. In India people sought, through the sacred act of sex, to merge the dual nature of their sexuality into an ecstatic union. From this came the harmonisation of their internal masculine and feminine polarities, and a realisation of the blissful nature of the Self that goes beyond the illusion of duality.

Many people who experience deep ecstatic sexual states or orgasmic states liken these to transcendental spiritual experiences. They realise that the distinctions between carnal and spiritual may be unclear. Sex in Tantra aims to heighten and extend the connection that develops between two people when they are lost in the ecstasy of love. That thin line that separates you from feeling ‘one’ with everything dissolves, leaving you in the ‘bliss state’ you were originally born into.

Today in the Western world, most people have been taught very little about their own bodies and their potential to experience pleasure and satisfaction. Hence, there has been a rekindling of interest in Tantric sexual practices. With Tantra, as you become expansive, your awareness increases and by engaging in more trusting sexual practices that involve sharing intimacy, your life perception becomes more playful and joyous - you can start to grow spiritually through beautiful and loving experiences.

In essence Tantric sex is an intimate practice – like meditation or yoga. Tantra uses pleasure, satisfaction and sexuality as a springboard to higher levels of consciousness. It enables you to be present with your lover and, ultimately, with your self within everyday life.