Rape, Murder and Misogyny – The Real Revelations of the Kama Sutra

by André Zsigmond

The Kama Sutra, Tantric Goddess Worship and the Song of Songs – a Comparison

"Song of Songs", Claudio Pastro, Virgin's Monastery, (Benedictine Nuns), Petropolis, BrazilLooking at the latest illustrated colour edition of the Kama Sutra one could be forgiven for thinking that that this book is one of the greatest erotic masterpieces ever written. The title of another edition, “Kama Sutra: Aphorisms of Love”, suggests that the Kama Sutra is meant to educate, enhance and expand the sex life of men and women, implying that its philosophy combines sexuality and intimacy with the quest for fulfilment of mind, body and soul.

The media has effectively made the Kama Sutra a widely-accepted byword, and the term itself is often used interchangeably with ‘Tantra’. People take this book as a comprehensive sexual manual, the true path to tantric pleasure. The various sex positions in Part Two are promoted for its forward-looking, sex-positive attitudes to women. Consequently, the Kama Sutra is seen as an empowering tool for women to use.

But how many people have looked at the actual text? Those who start reading Part One of the book would certainly realise that the Kama Sutra will never be mistaken for a feminist manifesto: Continue reading "Rape, Murder and Misogyny – The Real Revelations of the Kama Sutra"

Ancient Tantric Goddess Worship – Past and Present

by André Zsigmond

Sarasvati - Raja Ravi Varma“Woman is the Creator of the Universe, the Universe is her form.
Woman is the foundation of the world....
There is no prayer equal to a woman,
There is not, nor has been, nor will be any yoga to compare with a woman,
no mystical formula nor asceticism to match a woman”
(Shakti-Sangama Tantra II.52)

Hindu Goddesses – Indian women

Vasant Panchami is the Hindu festival that marks the end of the winter in India and ushers in the spring. Young girls wear bright yellow dresses and participate in the festivities. The colour yellow holds a special meaning for this celebration as it signifies the brilliance of nature and the vibrancy of life.

The celebration of Vasant Panchami is centred around the Hindu goddess Sarasvati.  She is the goddess of wisdom. She embodies the different facets of learning, such as the sciences, arts, crafts and skills. The symbols of learning - pens, notebooks, and pencils are placed near the goddess' feet to be blessed before they are used by students. On the first day of spring, India celebrates Sarasvati, the goddess of arts, music and knowledge, who was born on this day. Continue reading "Ancient Tantric Goddess Worship – Past and Present"