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K is for Kama Sutra – an ancient and sensual art of lovemaking that teaches us to respect our partners before we get intimate with them. I know it is not in the alignment of the abuse theme that i have chosen for this year’s A to Z challenge but I feel that it is the crux of all the problems that a woman is facing today. Kama means desire, wish, longing in Hindi literature, and heaven forbid if that longing takes a negative turn then we all know the results.

Definition and Meaning

In a general sense ‘Kama’ means desire, wish or longing to be with the person you love and according to the contemporary literature, Kama usually refers to sexual desire, but in the broader sense it also means enjoyment of senses that includes emotional attraction, aesthetic pleasure that comes from art, dance and music.

According to our Vedas the entire universe was created from nothing by the great heat and this heat resulted in a desire that became the primal seed and germ of Spirit. And according to Brhadaranyaka Upanishad, one of the oldest Upanishads of Hinduism, the term kāma, in a broader sense refers to a as any desire:

   Man consists of desire (kāma),

   As his desire is, so is his determination,

   As his determination is, so is his deed,

   Whatever his deed is, that he attains.

Well we all are aware of Besharam Men’s desire and his determination and then the result of his determination.

Why KamaSutra is the reason for all the crimes

It is not directly related to the crimes against women, but yes it is the root cause. In our country where Kama Sutra originated years ago, it is considered taboo to talk about sexual desires today. Parents feel hesitant in talking about birds and bees with their children. And with advancement in technology, what kids are getting is half-baked knowledge that whets their curiosity and they want to experiment. In addition, because all through our lives we are taught to keep distances from the opposite sex, (it just enhances the enjoyment of tasting the forbidden fruit) there is certain awkwardness in the approach.

Hence in order to create a healthy society we need to teach our boys to respect women and their feelings. We should also teach the boys that when a girl says NO it is a NO and not a YES disguised as NO. We have been teaching our daughters to behave in a certain manner but it is high time we imparted some education to our boys as well!

 

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