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The Kama Sutra of Vatsyayana
The Complete Illustrated Kama Sutra
Release Date: October, 2003
Publisher: Inner Traditions
The galaxy of pleasures in Alain Daniélou's translation of the Kama Sutra takes you back to an India where sexuality was an integral part of life and an avenue to spiritual bliss. As Devadatta Shastri says in his commentary: "At the moment when the peak of bliss is attained, the internal and external world vanish. The man and woman cease to be separate entities and lose themselves in the beatitudes of being." Daniélou's elegant rendering includes not only the entire sutra, much of which is excluded in other versions, but two essential commentaries as well. More than just a pillow book, the Kama Sutra is a guide to the labyrinth of sexual etiquette, from how to bathe before meeting a lover to how lovers should entertain each other after making love. Admittedly, the text is dated and culture bound in places; it can be chauvinistic, bizarre, and even violent. The commentators are careful to point out, however, that the work is an overview of all sexual practices, some of which are not recommended. Take from this encyclopedia of amour what you will and let it keep you moving down the path of spiritual practice. --Brian Bruya
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Posted by joel speck on 8/27/2003
thaqt wass the best srx i ever had, by this bok now !
bi-gender text that offers pragmatism
Posted by Anonymous on 1/27/2003
this book is excellent. most think the kamasutra is a sex manual. o.k., so it can be used as one - but if taken at face value, could create some pulled muscles and ligamentus issues...
this translation of the kamasutra has more "meat" to it than the burton translation a 100 years ago. also..it is more accurate.
furthermore, it is easy to understand. this book is about how to live life and how to approach human relations in a rational way. sometimes that is sex. sometimes it is marriage. sometimes it is just group interactions.
if you apply to proper context to this book (whatever is important to you, basically), the book is a great way to introspect and understand your own life using a 400 AD context.
A Translation par Excellence
Posted by Anonymous on 4/28/1998
It was the film "Kama Sutra" that led me to this classic. The idea of someone documenting various forms of making love was intriguing and I started exploring further on the original work. Once I got past a few mindnumbing translations, I discovered this work. I saw my initial curiosity turning into fascination at first, but when I finished the work I had nothing but respect for this work ("Eroticism is firstly a search for pleasure, and the goal of the techniques of love is to attain a paroxysm considered by the Upanishads ( holy texts) as a perception of the divine state, which is infinite delight ").Alan Danielou's seems to have impressive credentials that bring an impeccable authenticity to this work.
There is hardly a subject the author has not dealt with. If the range of subjects dealt with fascinates you (marriage, adultery, prostitution, group sex, sadomasochism, male and female homosexuality, and transvestitism) the scientific approach and the depth of classification in dealing with those subjects might bewilder you. ("There are different types of men and women according to their sizes of the organs, their moment of sexual enjoyment, and the violence of their sexual impulse"). The part dealing with occult practices is a blast. These practices include ointments for the body, marks on the forehead, powders sprinkled over the woman and substances that she be made to ingest, the surprising things she must be shown, as well as the means and remedies for subjugating her. This section also manifest the thoroughness of the research done almost 2000 years back.
While the considerable pains the author has undergone to protect the integrity of the original work makes this a classic, it is possible that at times the casual reader will be hard pressed to follow. The author emphasizes that this is not a pornographic work and is merely an impartial and systematic study of one of the essential aspects of existence. There is ample proof of that throughout the book.
A sense of celebration-Mmmmmmmmmmmm
Posted by Lloyd R. Stevenson on 5/9/2007
I would hazard a guess there must be about a ten thousand books that have been written claiming to be based on the Kama Sutra and claiming insight and enlightenment.
For the most part they are written in either complete ignorance or denial of all the real foundations of the Kama Sutra and Tantric practice. Most of the publications claiming to be based on the Kama Sutra are in reality, just gratuitous ways to exploit the buying public's small minded obsession with sex. These books should be classified as `cute publications showing new sex positions for unimaginative people who get their jollies exploring new sex positions', normally sanitized to the point of not showing genitals and, by doing so, reflecting the dysfunctional values that created the obsession in the first place, as if genitals are taboo, improper or, worse still unhygienic or dirty or something. If people want to publish that sort of book well that's cool, but can you do a weekend workshop and become a Monk? Will a 3 month part time course make you a Martial Arts Master? Will an instruction book of sexual positions give you an understanding of Spirituality found and manifesting via Sexuality?
Happily, this book differs from most of the others I've just described. Firstly it's not scared to show penetration. Just as gratuitous displays of penetration is as offensive as the sterile and prudish avoidance of showing it, a book detailing the Kama Sutra and avoiding showing penetration is almost comical. The Kama Sutra without an erect penis or welcoming vagina anywhere to be seen is a sure sign of a book that's best classified as a doorstop or a coffee cup coaster.
More importantly, this book talks to the participants about their feelings, how the positions affected them, physically felt etc. Between that and the fact the participants looked happy, blissed out even, and look like they were having a great time, suggests they were even beginning on the path of the Kama Sutra and Tantric knowledges, a sensation none of the other texts I have ever seen have given me.
Most books claiming to be based on the Kama Sutra are only useful as landfill but this one created for me the sense of shared celebration, united in intimacy and shared spiritual release from the constraints of life's tedium, which is what an introduction to the Kama Sutra should do, orgasm should be more than a sneeze response!! It makes the other texts I've seem claiming to be based on the Kama Sutra look more like instruction manuals for tedious activity. Thank You to those responsible for this publication.
Who would have thought of that?
Posted by Anonymous on 3/30/1998
This is strictly a book on positions. It does not get into the whole Eastern ideas behind Kama Sutra. It does provide some information...but basically it is a picture book for adults. And the pictures are gorgeous! These are full-color photos of two couples, explicit in nature, but in no way pornographic.
Much of the positions shown are common, but some are quite unusual...I wouldn't have though of them. Some I would only recommend for people in fairly good shape because they are quite exhausting and not particularly comfortable for anyone with a bad back. You might want to see a chiropractor before attempting a few of these.
I think it's a wonderful book to take to bed with your partner! It can be quite a bonus to add to foreplay...very stimulating pictures. I think it would be particularly appropriate to share with someone who may be uncomfortable with adult movies but interested in learning a few new "tricks".