‘Kama’ means desire while ‘sutra’ means the line or the thread which holds things together. So, Kamasutra is a set of guidelines that every individual requires to fulfill his sexual need. When talking about the facts of the Kamasutra, the first thing every couple should keep in mind is that there is no proper set of rules and regulations in the bedroom, they are free to kindle the flame of love and romance any way they like. Here we mention some facts about the Kamasutra, which people hardly know:
1. The Kamasutra is the oldest and most notable group of texts known generically as Kamashastra.
2. The ancient Indian Hindu text is considered to be the standard work on human sexual behavior in the Sanskrit language.
3. The author of Kamasutra is Vatsyayana, a Hindu philosopher in the vedic tradition who is believed to have lived around the 2nd century CE.
4. Kama is one of the four goals of Hindu life, which means desire, including the feeling of sexual desire between partners.
5. Though the Kamasutra is depicted as a bunch of creative sexual positions to be tried out by partners. In reality, only 20% of the Kamasutra is actually about sexual positions.
6. A majority of the Kamasutra is all about the theory and philosophy of love and elements which trigger desire; how to sustain it and to know about the good and bad therein.
7. Vatsyayana’s Kamasutra has a total of 1,250 verses, distributed in 36 chapters, further organized into seven parts.
8. Vatsyayana stated that 7 parts of his work were abridged from longer works by Dattaka (1 part), Suvarnanabha (2 part), Ghotakamukha (3 part), Gonardiya (4 part), Gonikaputra (5 part), Charayana (6 part) and Kuchumara (7 part).
9. Hindu philosophers have four goals in life, known as purusharthas, which includes dharma (virtuous living), artha (material prosperity), kama (desire) and moksha (liberation).
10. About this, Kamasutra says dharma is better than artha and artha is better than kama; artha should be practiced by the king for livelihood of men which is to be obtained from it only.
11. Author Vatsyayana says a person should know how to make his living; youth is the time for pleasure but as the days pass by, a person should concentrate on virtuous living, hoping to escape the cycle of rebirth (moksha).
12. The Kamasutra also acknowledges that a person’s senses can be dangerous because when two lovers are busy in the battle of sex and friction, they are caught up in a fierce energy and pay no attention to dangers in life.
13. The Kamasutra carried a different attitude than the rest of the books, as it helped guide and warn a person against destruction while on a journey to find pleasure.
14. The Kamasutra should not to be confused with tantric sex; as such sexual practices do not exist under the wide Hindu religion and tantra.
15. The most widely-known English translation of the Kamasutra was privately printed in 1883. It is usually attributed to renowned author Sir Richard Francis Burton, where the chief work was done by Indian archeologist Bhagwan Lal Indraji.
16. A noteworthy translation of the Kamasutra by Indra Sinha was published in 1980. In the early 1990s its chapter on sexual positions began circulating on the internet, mostly as an independent text, and today it is often assumed to be the whole of the Kamasutra.