Seduction as a part of Kamasutra

From time immemorial it has been found that men and women are eager to attract each other through various means and they are ready to go to any extent in order to seduce their opposite sex. From the vedic era Kamasutra the school of love teachings are found to be prevalent and this shows that people then were also eager to seduce the opposite sex through different sexual postures. Everyone knows the Kama Sutra is ancient India's racy sex manual. The title conjures titillating visions of erotic frescos in which regal maharajas with outsized genitals cavort with naked bejeweled nymphs in positions exotic enough to slip the discs of a yoga master.


Kama Sutra literally means "treatise on sexual pleasure." Unlike the Christian view that the sole purpose of sex is procreation, in the fourth century Hindu world that gave birth to the Kama Sutra, the cultivation of sexual pleasure, independent of procreation, was considered one of life's highest callings. The ancient Hindus believed that life had three purposes: religious piety (dharma), material success (artha), and sexual pleasure (kama). All three were equal, and the erotic was celebrated as the seat of earthly beauty. In the Hindu world the pursuit of sexual pleasure was revered as a sort of religious quest.

During the childhood years, the whole attention must be on the gaining of education. One must long for carnal pleasures during his youth because during this period one is physically and mentally fit to enjoy intimacy with the opposite sex. In old age, however, one should devote himself in the service of religion and strive to achieve salvation. There is nothing left to do as he has already attained other goals.


Mutual attraction between the male and female is a natural instinct among all the animals, birds etc. It is even necessary for the contamination of life on earth. Thus what is sue of Kamashastra? According to Vatsyayan, Kama cannot be completed without active participation of the male and female partners. But before the two partners could actually participate in the pleasure play, they have miles to go. In between this miles to go the male and the female first must get attracted to each other. The various things works in this respect like the body language of both the partners. How one approaches the other and how do they really go on to deal with the seduction procedure. Who gets indulged first and who can really indulge the other is a definite question.

Story first published: Monday, May 8, 2006, 17:05 [IST]

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