Where will you look if you needed sexual advice? Did we hear you say the latest book by a sexpert or the most popular website that answers your sexual queries? What if we told you that an ancient, third-century work by an Indian ascetic, Vatsyayana is the go-to place for almost all of your sexual queries.
It has a progressive and liberal outlook on everything related to sex to a great extent and even the general art of living. From foreplay, oral sex, sexual pleasures, same-sex love and adultery, you name it and Kamasutra has it. Kamasutra happens to be the world’s most famous text on erotic love and also the most misunderstood one at that.
“A person acquainted with the true principles of this science, who preserves his Dharma (virtue or religious merit), his Artha (worldly wealth) and his Kama (pleasure or sensual gratification), and who has regard to the customs of the people, is sure to obtain the mastery over his senses. In short, an intelligent and knowing person attending to Dharma and Artha and also to Kama, without becoming the slave of his passions, will obtain success in everything that he may do.”
― M. Vatsyayana, Kama Sutra
What warms our heart the most is Vatsyayana’s consideration of the sexual act for pleasure rather than producing children. And you thought that this stance was a product of fairly recent thought processes. Let us clear some more myths for you.
Vatsyayana advocates for the woman as much for the man in a sexual relationship, in fact, he has more of a feminist view. Would you believe if we told you that he was well aware of the G-spot, the female pleasure point? We forgive you for associating this discovery to the German gynaecologist Ernst Grefenberg, after whom the female pleasure point is named. Unfortunately, it seems to be lost in the mistranslation of Kamasutra from Sanskrit into English and all of us sexual beings have had to sadly wait for the G-spot’s rediscovery. Are you cursing your luck already? We can understand your frustration. Better late than never!
“IF a woman has manifested her love or desire, either by signs or by motions of the body, and is afterwards rarely or never seen anywhere, or if a woman is met for the first time, the man should get a go-between to approach her.”
― M. Vatsyayana, Kama Sutra
With this knowledge and his views, Vatsyayana was quite a strong advocate for women’s sexual pleasure in general and female orgasm in particular. You must read about the sexual freedom Kamasutra assumes for women to believe it. Vatsyayana suggests that a woman may leave her husband if she fails to get pleasure from him. Doesn’t it match and even surpass the modern feminism by considering a woman’s pleasure equal to that of a man’s?
His non-judgmental attitude on same-sex love is equally progressive for his time. Or is it a reflection of those ancient times that offered better sexual freedom as compared to today’s modern societies? The fact of the matter is that both liberal and conservative streams of thought are bound to co-exist at any given time. It is completely up to an individual to make his/her own choices.