Kama Sutra Basics

With cold days limiting the variety of outdoor activities and Valentine’s Day around the corner, ’tis the season to get frisky. The Kama Sutra, the most famous erotic book in all history, in all its wisdom, can certainly help us to to cultivate our knowledge and prowness in the Art of Love

The Kamasutra, written sometime in the 3rd century by a north Indian scholar called Vatsyayana Mallanaga, means literally, the Treatise on Pleasure. Kama is the Hindu God of Love. Kama also means desire. Sutra refers to a narrative, manual or guide. The KamaSutra is a classic guide to lovemaking, reflecting the social and sexual traditions of the times. Many consider the Kamasutra to be simply a manual of athletic sexual positions, but scholars view it as having more historical importance than a simple guide would have. It is a book about the art of living; about finding a partner, maintaining power in a marriage, and above all, it lays down the different positions in sexual intercourse. Thus Kamasutra is a guide towards sexual fantasy and satisfaction. (Source)

Here then are some Kama Sutra inspired accessories, or shall we say, gift ideas?

Let’s start with the basics! The Complete Illustrated Kama Sutra. Note, it’s illustrated. But let’s all calm down, these are images of ancient Kama Sutra art seen in museums and private collections. The author, Lance Dane is one of the foremost scholar in the Kama Sutra. Of course, there are many modern interpretations of the Kama Sutra. Something to suit every taste. Just search Amazon for Kama Sutra in books and you will be sure to be met with quite a few choices. We thought this classic was risqué enough for these pages. Find it here.
When The Succulent Wife had her gift shop, the Kama Sutra line was always a best seller. With reason. It’s a high quality and high class line of sensual products that comes in pretty packaging that you wouldn’t mind seeing displayed in the open. That is, until your daughter walks in and asks “Mommy what’s in this box?”. The Weekender Kit was a must-keep-in-stock-at-all-times classic, but Earthly Delights gift box and the Lover’s Paintbox (edible chocolate body paints) were my favorites. But for Valentine’s Day, we choose the Chocolate Sweet Heart Box.
The music. Need the music.  This CD, the Language of Love, is a sensual blend that is also appropriate for relaxation, meditation and massage. Or you could always go for the classic Pachelbel’s Canon.
If you have some serious appreciation for the art of Kama Sutra, you might like to display one of your favorite positions as an art piece featuring reproductions of ancient Kama Sutra art scenes. Though, I must say that by looking at all the other prints, I’m quite sure that one must be, at minimum, a level 3 yogi(ni) – with stamina -  in order to even contemplate getting into such, ummm, asanas. Take a look here.
How about a game for the playful, sexy souls? The Kama Sutra board game promised to “expand your sensory awareness through activities using sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch”. All five senses. It does sound like all the right ingredients are there to make for an engaging evening. See it here.
Kama Sutra Deck: 50 Ways to Love Your Lover. This card deck features fifty cards each with a lovely illustration, a verse from the Kama Sutra and, more importantly a suggestion to inspire romance and sensuality. Something for every week of the year. Now, you’re all set. Buy on Amazon.

And, I wish that these Kama Sutra chocolates were still available for sale (it seems not. Can’t find them anywhere), b/c they are quite amusing. That yoga level 3 three mention I made earlier? Yep.

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