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Erotic Literature of Ancient India : Kama Sutra; Koka Shastra; Gita Govindam and Ananga Ranga

Sandhya Mulchandani

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ISBN 10: 817436384X / ISBN 13: 9788174363848
Published by Roli Books, New Delhi, 2006
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Contents Introduction/Sublimo Beatitudo. 1. The pathway of Bhakti. 2. The bliss of Krishna. 3. The Kama texts. 4. Tantra. 5. Conclusion. 6. Bibliography. The quest for sublime bliss has been an enduring phenomenon. As the world increasingly turns to ancient wisdom in its search for peace and happiness the recurring theme is the need to banish negativity and excess. Spiritual texts explore the hidden dimensions of the unity between the human and the divine and acknowledge that any path that leads to understanding and realization of bliss is acceptable including sexuality. From the erotic works of the Bhakti movement in which extreme devotion seamlessly merges with sensuality and Tantrics who used maithuna or intercourse as the preferred means to seek supreme consciousness from the ascetic Shiva to Krishna the embodiment of the sringara rasa sex has always been mystical for in it lies the mysteries of the universe. Thus rather than denigrating sexuality the ancients accepted it as a means to seek the divine. Call it love worship selfless devotion service compassion or Bhakti Jnana Karma Kama Tantra all lead to the same divine energy. The truth is one but the wise refer to it by various names. 192 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 59565

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Title: Erotic Literature of Ancient India : Kama ...

Publisher: Roli Books, New Delhi

Publication Date: 2006

Binding: Hardbound

Book Condition:As New

Edition: New

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Language: English
Pages: 192 (Illustrated Throughout in Full Color)

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Follow your bliss. Find where it is,

And don't be afraid to follow it.

--Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth

The quest for sublime bliss has been an enduring phenomenon. As the world increasingly turns to ancient wisdom in its search for peace and happiness, the recurring theme is the need to banish negativity and excess. Spiritual texts explore the hidden dimensions of the unity between the human and the divine, and acknowledge that any path that leads to understanding and realization of bliss is acceptable-including sexuality. From the erotic works of the Bhakti movement, in which extreme devotion seamlessly merges with sensuality, and Tantrics who used maithuna or intercourse as the preferred means to seek supreme consciousness, from the ascetic Shiva to Krishna, the embodiment of the sringara rasa, sex has always been mystical, for in it lies the mysteries of the universe. Thus rather than a means to seek the divine. Call it love, worship, selfless devotion, service, compassion or Bhakti, Jnana, Karma, Kama, Tantra, all lead to the same divine energy. 'The truth is one, but the wise refer to it by various names.'
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Sandhya Mulchandani has been an author and a journalist for well over two decades. She is the author of The Indian Man-His True Colours, a book on the urban Indian male, as well as Kama Sutra for Women, which brings the ancient Indian treatise on love to women. She has translated seven medieval Kama Shastra Sanskrit manuscripts into English, to be published later this year. She has also co-authored Love and Lust, an anthology of erotic literature from ancient and medieval India, and has been working on a dissertation on ancient concepts of ethics

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