December 20, 2012

The Nature of Love, Part 5: Hindu, Vedic, and Tantric Concepts of Love

Last time in Part 4 of this series, I talked about Buddhist and Daoist concepts about love. This time we will look at Indian traditions, and discuss the views of love in Hinduism, Vedic religions, and Tantra.

Whenever people look into the beliefs about love from various traditions, the culture of India inevitably comes up, especially its infamous text, the Kama Sutra (कामसूत्र). India has several native traditions that all have quite a bit to say about the idea of love - Hinduism, the Vedic religion, and Tantra. The Kama Sutra is part of both the Vedic and Hindu traditions, and is about much more than just love and sex, as it is incorrectly assumed in the West. Not only does this text include many aspects of love beyond the sexual, but the study of love in Indian culture goes much further and deeper than merely what is presented in this text.