The Kamsutra is one of the world’s most popular books on the art of love-making and sexuality. You can download the pdf of The book of pleasure pdf in Hindi below.
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On the conduct of the elder wife towards the other wives of her husband, and on that of a younger wife towards the elder ones. The Kamsutra is often thought to be a book on tantra and tantric sex. This is actually a misunderstanding of both tantra and the Kamsutra itself. Sanskrit literature is full of many erotic and poignant displays of physical love.
By sheer coincidence, Lance Dane, who has been obsessed with love for Indian pictorial and plastic arts, showed me some of the photographs he had taken during his more than a quarter of a century’s search for beauty in art. For the first time, in my own pilgrimages, I realised how, underneath the harsh discriminations of latter-day orthodoxies, the free spirits of our country had accepted love between man and woman as the source of pleasure and progeny, and treated the themes of physical union to evoke bliss, as in the works of Kalidasa of the fourth century A. In fact, in the Hindu way of life, spirituality is not against pleasure, it is seen as transcending the need for pleasure. The fundamental goal in the Hindu way of life is liberation, known as mukti or moksha. Every aspect of life was thus tuned to help an individual achieve this lofty objective, Knowing very well that physicality and sexuality were an integral part of man and woman, the rishi Vatsyayana put together the Kamsutra as a manual for human sexual behavior, to help a couple achieve marital and physical bliss, and thus move beyond the need for pleasure instead of desiring for it constantly. The sexual union in Sanskrit literature was also seen as a metaphor for the union of man with cosmos, of pinda and andanda, the micro with the macro.
Thus sexuality was a means towards moksha, and this was one of the pillars of tantric practice. Thus, we have many depiction of intercourse and sex on the walls of India’s ancient temples. Khajuraho and Konark are perhaps the most famous. This was not the reason for these depictions. Indeed, as Alain Danielou and Balagangadhara the 64 sexual positions given by Vatsyayana are only a small aspect of the Kamsutra.
Much more space is devoted to the attitude of mind and body needed to live a healthy life, and the behaviour required of husband and wife to get along with each other. I have increasingly felt, since the 1920ss, when I had the benefit of talking many times to Havelock Ellis, about the values of the Kamsutra, that the book must be uplifted from the gutter press to some sanctity, if only we could find some art works, apart from the sculptures of Khajuraho and Konark, of aesthetic significance, which could meaningfully illustrate the aphorisms of Vatsyayana. There have been many editions of the legendary Kamsutra of Vatsyayana, as it was rendered by Bhagwan lal Indraji, Sir Richard Burton and Forster F. Most of the re-issues have been for public circulation only, catering for the pornography market of the pavement stalls of big cities. Kamsutra as a great book of the Indian heritage, now perhaps of the heritage of world cultures. Perhaps one of the most aesthetic and beautiful editions is the one by Lance Dean, published in 1982 with the blessings of Anand. The primary purpose is that this classic may be lifted from its prurient popularity, to its status as a dance book of knowledge and passion, which can go to those members of the world intelligentsia, who are emancipated enough from the taboos of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, to the views of D.
Lawrence, Havelock Ellis and Sigmund Freud, that love is essentially tenderness between the male and the female and therefore sacred to the human sensibility. The book was published by Sanskriti Publishers. Another coincidence brought Shri Om Prakash Jain to me, when he wanted to form the culture complex called Sanskriti. My publisher Shri Gulab Vazirani, introduced him to me, and as a result Sanskriti agreed to publish this book. And our joint enthusiasm led to the emergence of the project of producing the most luscious edition of Vatsyayana’s Kamsutra, at first presented to the outside world by the pioneers, Sir Richard Burton and F. Lance Dean essentially based his translation off of Burton’s and Arbuthnot’s, though he added many corrections and the illustrations truly make the book stand out.
David May worked with Dean in this correction process. We also record our grateful thanks to Mr. David May, who has spent long hours together with Lance Dane reading and re-reading the Kamsutra text to rectify and put right the early errors in the translation of Burton and Arbuthnot. Dean was a photographer, with a special interest in capturing love and pleasure as depicted in ancient texts. This background ensured that he found the best of the illustrations of the Kamsutra from ancient texts. I cannot forget that the process of printing has been fraught with many difficulties. Anand said in the preface.
He has revised the Victorian edition, prepared the glossary and bibliography. And these labours have resulted in the volume that is being offered to a select adult public. Apart from Lance Dane, it is the devotion of the highly talented designer, Dolly Sahiar, which has brought the volume into being. She laid out the whole book and carried through the production with the willing cooperation of the staff of Tata Press, which is always given to her for her winsome smile. Petkar helped Dean with the translations.
Petkar, who patiently worked month after month on the Sanskrit and English texts with Lance Dane, and meticulously read proofs, checked and cross-checked references and has advised on the book. Ultimately, the book is a shared ream of many, All the partners in the undertaking, accommodated each other, through frank discussions. And a shared dream has been realised—the publication of a definitive Kamsutra, which will, I venture to suggest, become an unforgettable rare book, a sacred offering from the sources of love in Indian culture. And I am not unconscious of the loving regard of all the collaborators, and their acceptance of my advice, throughout to fulfill my promise to Ananda Coomaraswamy and Eric Gill to offer the world, love as once understood in India in all its beauty and tenderness. Here is Mulk Raj’s preface to the Lance Dean edition, in Hindi.