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Ayurvedaraj Newsletter - Apr'08


Vatsyayana  the composer of the original work of Kama Sutra, he describes "Kama" as the name of the "God of Love" in the Hindu Mythology. It is a part of pravrtti-marga, path of sense gratification regulated by sastric injunctions. Pravrtti-marga consists of four goals of human life (purusartha) dharma, artha, kama and moksa. In the context of varnasrama it is followed by grihasthas, whereas brahmacaris, vanaprasthas and sannyasis follow nivrtti-marga (renunciation), path of detachment from material enjoyment. Famous kama sutra is only a part of the body of texts in the kama-sastra system with aesthetic qualities of the pictorial evidence.

Centuries after Vatsyayana first put the words to the Kama Sutra into the path of history, readers were still interested in his subject matter, perhaps even more so than his contemporaries. But unfortunately the picture of Kama Shastra has been depicted in mere material physical sexual acts of exploitation? Then how can this be spiritual?

Krisna employed the Kama sutra in rasa lila, as did Balarama in his rasa krida. About Balarama's rasa kirda, Sanatana Goswami says in his Vaisnava Tosanai commentary, 'Becasue he is ramah, he is expert in conjugal affairs. He is also the Supreme Lord, so he is very expert in the various types of conjugal pastimes mentioned in the Kama-sutras.

Krisna employed this art without any material selfishness. This is rasa lila, and this is the difference between mundane and spiritual life. However, it is difficult to remain in the bodily life and experience the ultimate selflessness. I don't think many people today properly understand the Kama sutra.

According to the Kama Sutra, all of these aspects of the life of a human being should be of equal importance, without any of these spheres taking precedence over the others. In order to attain a fulfilled and meaningful life the striving after one goal shouldnt hamper the striving after the others. Neglecting one of these areas leads to a diminished stability and to a dangerous imbalance in man. Practicing Dharma, Artha and Kama makes it possible to lead a meaningful, practical and joyous life in this world and the next.

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There are many myths regarding Kama Sutra. People question whether or not its age old traditions are relevant in todays modern society.

Some of the descriptions in the Kama Sutra can be read as somewhat ridiculous. But though some of these suggestions may seem ridiculous, they were designed for one purpose, "to bring harmony in marital life".

The four aims for a healthy life (Arogya) as per Ayurveda are "Dharma", "Artha", "Kama" and Moksha. "Dharma" meaning social duty; "Artha" the collection of wealth for the family; "Kama" the physical love-making and "Moksha" the liberation from the cycle of death and rebirth and all of the suffering and limitation of worldly existence.

"Kama Sutra" refers not only to the art of physical love making but also covers diverse topics such as the decoration of house, selection of wife, behavior between the husband and wife and a vast array of other subjects.

A lot of parallel references can be drawn between "Hatha-Yoga", "Tantra" and "Kamasutra". For example Vatsyayana cites Padamasana (lotus posture of yoga) as one of the position in Kama Sutra and a lot of other positions derived from Yoga. Yoga & Tantra teaches breath control. The combination of Tantra, Yoga and Kama Sutra enable the practitioner to unite with the ultimate cosmic energy, "The Shakti" which is symbolized by the Great Goddess.

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Kundalini yoga offers a great way to train the body for better compliance of muscles including those that are used in the act of sex. The path of kundalini yoga gets tough along the way as more and more is demanded of your body after the pranayamas and the asanas of the hathayoga. You are required to do the bhandas or the locks. These locks are nothing but special asanas that literally lock the body into certain postures. Of course they are specific for certain pathways and they ensure that your ability to perform sexually is strengthened.

Moola Bandha affects the central and sympathetic nervous system reducing tension, therefore affecting subsequent inflammation at the uro-genital region. The ovaries in the female and the prostate gland in the male receive an increased blood circulation. Increased muscular tone is to be noted relative to the varicocele and hemorrhoids in those suffering such conditions, suggesting that the practice of Moola Bandha should be used as a prevention of these conditions. Phlebitis and blood clotting thrombosis is eliminated. Moola Bandha has been shown to be beneficial for toning up the kidneys and bladder and it generally tones up the musculature of the female sex organs.

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Ashwagandha consists of dried mature roots of Withania somnifera Dunal. (Fam. Solanaceae), a perennial shrub, found in waste land, cultivated field and open grounds throughout India, widely cultivated in certain areas of Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan , roots collected in winter, washed and cut into short pieces. 

It is an ironic herb as it is a tonic and sedative all in one. It strengthens an exhausted nervous system that can manifest with hyper signs such as emotional instability, agitation or feeling stressed-out. It has the dual action of energizing while calming.  

Its name Ashwagandha meaning the smell of a horse, comes from the fresh root smelling like a horses urine, and also perhaps because it is renowned for imparting the sexual stamina of a horse.

Its rejuvenating effect on shukra dhatu helps to alleviate asthenospermia (increasing sperm motility), oligospermia (increasing sperm count), poor sexual performance and helps to reduce impotence. Its unique action or prabhava is to promote sexual potency and sperm production.

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