India is famous for several things, and Kama Sutra would definitely come in the top five things people know about India. The knowledge about sex that acquired from this scripture is perhaps the only factor that brought Kama Sutra the prominence it has today all over the world.
Written in the period between 400 B.C. and 200 A.D. by Rishi Vatsyayana, Kama Sutra is more than just a book about positions and lovemaking. It also talks about how to live a fulfilling life in every aspect. Apart from giving answers to sex-related problems, the book has lot more things about different arts and human psychology. It is said that less than half of the book is about sexual positions, and has much more in-depth knowledge about other life skills we need to learn.
Here are some other things about this that you should know
More Than Eroticism
Kama Sutra is a total of seven sections, only one of which is about sexual positions and eroticism. The other six sections give advice on subjects far from the pictures you imagine in your mind when thinking of this scripture. It is about correct conduct, the acquisition of useful knowledge, how to get yourself a wife, how to make money, as well as making lemonade and how to teach parrots to talk.
Teaches Virtuous Living
Kamasutra is based on the “four main goals of life” - Dharma which means virtuous living, Artha which means material prosperity, Kama which means desire, Moksha which means liberation. The text explains to us how desire can aid in unleashing the full extent of an individual's personal power, these dictations are intended more as guidelines for virtuous living.
An English translation of the Kama Sutra was produced by an eccentric Victorian explorer Sir Richard Francis Burton who added footnotes explaining some of the more unusual sexual practices. He was instrumental in bringing about an English translation of the Kama Sutra. It was printed in English in 1883 and readers had to pay for a privately printed copy.
Banned In Britain
The Kama Sutra was banned in Britain until 1963. Its publication – proper publication, that is, rather than private printing – was in fact only made possible following the historic ‘Chatterley trial’ of 1960, when Penguin Books were cleared of the charge of obscenity for publishing D. H. Lawrence’s novel Lady Chatterley’s Lover.
Before Kama Sutra
The author of the Kama Sutra was a man named Vatsayayana. When he lived and worked is not known for sure, but it was possibly during the fourth century AD. Early Before Vatsyayana, there were numerous erotic writers, including Charayana and Auddalaki, whose works Vatsayayana was aiming to improve upon, but none of Charayana or Auddalaki’s works survived.
The art of ‘Shringaar’ or looking attractive is told about in Kama Sutra. It teaches you about the physical and mental needs of others and ways of fulfilling them. It has perfectly described how to set the mood for a good evening and drive your partner crazy. Not just outer appearance, but Kama Sutra teaches you how to boost your confidence in your own self, make your personality magnetic and solve any situaltion.
It teaches how both the genders play equally important roles during a lovemaking session. Apart from teaching many aspects of lovemaking, life and human psychology, it guides you on how to get a wife, how to make love, how to make yourself attractive to the opposite sex, and more. It treats everyone as equal and validates their right to love and respectable life.