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10 lessons in sex from the Kamasutra to help you become a better lover

'सेक्स' हा केवळ शरीरसुखापुरता मर्यादित नसून नियमित सेक्स करणे हे निरोगी आरोग्यासाठी फार उपयुक्त आहे. मात्र 'सेक्स'चा आनंद अधिक काळ घेण्यासाठीच्या या काही गोष्टी तुम्हाला माहित आहेत का ?

Apart from sex positions, here are 10 things the Kamasutra teaches you.

Written by Pavitra Sampath |Updated : December 23, 2014 2:20 PM IST

The Kamasutra, written by sage Vatsyayana, has widely been thought of as the go-to book for tips on sexual positions. Contrary to common belief, the Kamasutra talks of much more than just sex. While the book lays a significant emphasis on the ways you can have a satisfying sex life, it also talks about the best way to live, how to choose the right partner and the necessity for both men and women to be educated. Here are 10 truths about the Kamasutra, you probably didn't know.

1. The Kamasutra values women empowered with knowledge.

Despite what the society preaches about women and sexuality, according to the Kamasutra a woman should study the book before she is married. A woman should be adept at knowing how to manage her man and life after marriage. Apart from that, the book suggests that a woman should learn all 64 forms of art that help her become well regarded in society. This is mainly to help increase her allure and make her more desirable. While some of these arts include things like playing a musical instrument and learning to lay a bed, solving a puzzle, playing word games and reading about worldly affairs. This actually hints that women who are smarter are often more sexually attractive, a fact that today's society seems to ignore.

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2. The Kamasutra classifies men according to the size of their penis.

Yes, according to the Kamasutra, size does matter. Depending on the size of your penis, you could be a hare, bull or horse man. But while it does talk about the size of a man's penis it also dictates how this classification can help a man and woman have a good sexual experience -- by matching the penis size to the size of a woman's yoni or vagina. This, the Kamasutra says is the best way to have a satisfying sex life. While some couples might not fit the 'size classification' the book does suggest positions and ways (like pressing with your thighs together) to make the entire experience more pleasurable. Ideally there are three ways of pleasurable union. Here's how it is classified:

ManWomanType of union
HareDoeEqual
BullMareEqual
StallionElephantEqual
HareMareLow
BullElebhantLow
BullDoeHigh
StallionMareLow
HareElephantVery low
StallionDoeVery high

3. The Kamasutra emphasizes on living a well-balanced and healthy life.

Apart from talking about sex, the book gives you tips on how to live a healthy life. It adds that a healthy man and woman make a healthy union, and looking at the type of positions the books talks about for sex, it's no wonder it requires its readers to be healthy. The Kamasutra also says that a man must shave his face regularly and get rid of hair in other parts of the body. It also dictates that a man or couple should live in a house with breeze and sun light, have a bath regularly, brush their teeth well and maintain a healthy appearance at all times.

4. The Kamasutra talks about approaching and enticing a woman.

The book gives men detailed tips on how to talk to a woman in order to entice her. It also tells men about the ways they should touch and express their desire to have sex. It states the men can start by touching a woman's shoulder to express desire and watch for signs of her reciprocating the same desire. The suggestions then move on to types of touch and embraces that can tell you if a woman is interested.

5. The Kamasutra talks about 8 different types of embraces.

The Kamasutra stipulates the start of intercourse with an embrace. While it does teach a man how to approach a woman and how a woman can reciprocate, the book talks about the eight essential forms of embrace. They are Jataveshtitaka (or the twining of a creeper), Vrikshadhirudhaka, or climbing a tree, Tila-Tandulaka, or the mixture of sesame seed with rice, Kshiraniraka, or milk and water embrace. The other are the thigh embrace, breast embrace, jaghana (or thigh) embrace and the head embrace. All these are meant to increase proximity and intensify pleasure. It can be considered a form of foreplay.

6. The Kamasutra gives lessons on kissing.

It prescribes three ways of kissing for women -- the throbbing kiss, measured kiss and the brushing kiss. It also prescribes kissing the forehead, breasts, mouth, clitoris, hair, chest and the inside of the mouth. The various types are based on the intensity, place and the involvement of bites.

7. The Kamasutra divides sex into 64 acts.

Contrary to popular belief the Kamasutra does not have a list of positions but divides sexual intercourse into 64 acts that include penetration. The book is divided into chapters that talk of stimulation of desire, types of embraces, caressing, kissing, scratching, biting, positions for sex, slapping, types of moans, oral sex and how to start and end the entire process. All this spans over 10 chapters.

8. The Kamasutra recommends women to scratch their partners.

This again is to be done by women only and has eight varieties depending on the type of scratch, they are -- discus, half-moon, circle, line, tiger's claw, peacock's foot, hare's leap and lotus leap. For men on the other hand, the book suggests they resort to biting in times of extreme pleasure.

9. The Kamasutra recommends that a woman should climax first.

The treatise recognises that a woman can orgasm a number of times. During intercourse, she can and should satisfy her man despite having had one orgasm -- unlike the slump in energy a man experiences after an orgasm. You can read up on the multiple ways you can give your woman a mind blowing orgasm.

10. The Kamasutra recognizes that for women, there is more to sex than penetration.

The book talks about how a man reaches an orgasm at the end of intercourse, but for a woman the whole act is sensual. Kamasutra suggests the while most men think that making a woman orgasm is the ultimate act, tending to her needs both physiological and sexual, is the best way to satisfy her sexual urge. The author terms it akin to scratching an itch. A woman's sexual desire is like an itch and what you do throughout the process is satisfying. So kissing, caressing, holding, complimenting and caring for your woman is the best way to make her come back for more every time.

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