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.
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.
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.
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
Man on his back, man or woman on top;
Woman or man on their back, man on top;
Woman or man and man on their sides, facing each other;
Woman or man with their back to the man;
Seated positions, normally face-to-face.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sutra, when combined with Tantra, can teach us the most rewarding kind of
mixes various positions with the energy and spirituality that makes the
positions more than just sexual positioning.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.