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Sixty Four Arts
Sixty Four Arts have been depicted by Vatsyayana which should be learnt by a virgin girl to be appreciated in the society.
 
 Sixty Four Arts, KamasutraSixty Four Arts in the Kamasutra are described as important and are meant to be learnt by a virgin girl not merely to be a good wife, but to be a skilful, playful, understanding, refined, sensual, beautiful and intelligent woman in the society. Kamasutra, which has been reckoned as the doctrine of love emphasizes on crafting the art of love making as enjoyable as possible irrespective of a man or a woman. Regarded as a "Great work on Love" Kamasutra literally means, 'Aphorisms of Love. ' Kamasutra is definitely a lot more which ideally embraces all the sensory pleasures. Soft silks, velvety feelings, aromatic foods, luxury perfumes, dance, music and even paintings therefore comes within the kama sphere while making the art of love making lot more divine and atmospheric.

The rich history of Kamasutra unfolds the fact that back in the 3rd Century AD the great Indian sage, Vatsyayana composed Kamasutra for the greater purpose of making art and love to complement each other. The Kamasutra describes 64 arts that are illustrated in the ancient Sanskrit writings of the Kamasutra, Part One, Chapter 3. These 64 arts are eight different ways of making love multiplied by eight different positions within each of these ways.

The Kamasutra also expresses fostering of the male, his understanding of female nature and the importance of enlightening sensual moods and intimacy. The ancient Indians show great attention to detail of smell, light, music, food, and drink and touch before the climax actually begins.

Singing: Singing is an act of producing musical sounds with the voice, which is often contrasted with speech; According to Vatsyayana's Kamasutra, the art of singing plays an important role in lovemaking. It is when word becomes too much for expression then the romantic longing of singing and dancing is required.

Dancing: Dance generally refers to movement used as a form of expression, social interaction or presented in a spiritual or performance setting. Songs and dance can be associated with spring, festivity, joy and merrymaking. So learning these two arts is indeed important to feel the true aura of lovemaking.

Playing musical instrument: To learn how to play musical instruments is also an important task and regarded as one of the 64 arts of Kamasutra.

A musical instrument is a device constructed or modified with the purpose of making music. In principle, anything that produces sound, and can somehow be controlled by a person playing it, can serve as a musical instrument. By learning this art one can mesmerize his or her partner and thus, can make the process of making love lot more energetic and vibrant.

Union of singing, dancing and playing instrumental music: The melodious synchronization of these three, aids in heightening the spirit and hence aids the mind in entering in to a much adult relation. All these are actually to get the feeling of that artistic mood and augment the feeling.

Writing, drawing and tattooing: Vatsyayana has emphasized the art of writing and drawing as one of the vital arts of the 64 asanas.

Writing is preservation of text on a medium with the use of signs and symbol but it has to be distinguished from cave drawing, painting, tape recording and movies. Whereas drawing is a visual art which makes use of any number of drawing instruments to mark a two-dimensional medium. The most common support of drawing is paper, although other materials such as plastic, canvas and board, may also be used. Tattoo is mainly a body art; this dermal pigmentation is a mark made by inserting pigment into the skin for decorative or other reasons. All these three arts at all times add to a special connotation in lovemaking and thus aids in attaining the highest peak. Naturally these fine arts play an important part in the whole process of making love.

Arraying and adorning of idol with rice and flowers: decorating idols with rice and flowers is a significant art among the 64 arts mentioned in Kamasutra as this can be done during the time of love making.

The reason can be described as by adorning of idol with flowers and offering puja to god one can increase the chance of a better offspring.

Spreading and arranging beds or couches of flowers upon the ground: making beds of flowers upon the ground or spreading out carpets and cushions for reclining can really heighten the experience to a greatest level and is therefore one of the most important arts of 64 arts in Kamasutra.

Flower is always related to softness, fragrance and something very beautiful, colourful and exquisite. So connecting the art of lovemaking with flowerbed is very easy because of its aesthetically pleasing nature.

Colouring of teeth, garments, hair, nails and bodies, i.e. staining, dyeing, colouring and painting the same: Colouring of teeth, garment, hair, nails and bodies has also made an important place for itself in these 64 arts in Kamasutra. These are important because all these used in beautification of the lady and thus intensify the feeling. Applying henna on hair, colouring the nails, painting female body all are important in the process as these aids in contouring the very process of alluring that special person.

Fixing stained glass into a floor: Mood is indeed an important thing, which makes love making not only sensual but also dreamy. The perfect mood coupled with the right ambience enhances the feel and thus make the whole way a lot smoother. Fixing stained glass into the floor is therefore done for the greater purpose creating that ambience where two hearts can easily murmur those unspoken words.

The term stained glass refers either to the material of coloured glass or to the art and craft of working with it. The coloured glass is crafted into stained glass windows in which small pieces of glass are arranged to form patterns or pictures, held together by strips of lead and supported by a rigid frame. All are mainly used to increase the intensity of love.

Playing on musical glasses filled with water: The ideal blend of love and desire, the perfect jellying of yearning and warmth can be created with the unusual kind of music and Vatsyayana - the worshipper of Kama here suggested the art of playing on musical glasses filled with water to coif that perfect mood where not only two hearts but also two bodies can unite.

Scenic representations, stage playing, art of making ear ornament, art of preparing perfumes and odours; proper disposition of jewels and decorations and adornment in dress: All these are included in 64 arts of Vatsyayana's Kamasutra as these are very essential in everyday life.

Perfumes play an important role because smell always enhances the feeling. Perfume is a mixture of fragrant essential oils and aroma compounds, fixatives, and solvents used to give the human body, objects, and living spaces a pleasant smell. And this pleasant smell always gives the partners a special feeling about the other one and thus attracts each other. Decoration and beautification of dress is also important because it gives the feeling of dignity and thus boosts the feeling of love so very eloquently.

Magic or sorcery: This is really an important art in case of lovemaking or sexual activities and it is very much included in Vatsyayana's 64 arts in Kamasutra. Sorcery is belief in magical spells that harness occult forces or evil spirits to produce unnatural effects in the world. It is the use of supernatural or magical powers in relationship, art of which is very important in evoking attraction towards each other.

Quickness of hand or manual play: This art of hand ability is included in 64 arts of Kamasutra. This is definitely an art because the adept and skilful hand movement actually aids in enhancing the magic of the foreplay and thus, make the whole procedure of love making more exciting and exhilarant.

Culinary art, i.e. cooking and cookery: Making lemonades, sherbets, acidulated drinks, and spirituous extracts with proper flavour and colour: All these are included in cooking part which is very important to maintain a family. So learning of all these includes in 64 arts in Vatsayana's Kamasutra. Man wants many things from a woman which is necessary to run a family. So for a woman it is important to make herself beautiful, skilful and intelligent enough to understand his man and also look after her family.

Making parrots, flowers, tufts, tassels, bunches bosses, knobs, etc., out of yarn or thread: This art is also included in 64 arts of Kamasutra because this is mainly related with the decoration of the houses. If the house is properly decorated the feeling of that feel good factor predominates. To get that feeling or rather to offer that feeling of that cosy corner one should learn the process of beautification of the house in all possible way. These arts mainly help in the process of arousing.

Solution of riddles, enigmas, covert speeches, verbal puzzles and enigmatical questions; the art of mimicry or imitation; study of sentences difficult to pronounce: This art or games are included in 64 arts of Kamasutra. Proficiency in these games establishes someone's intelligence level. These are the games played chiefly by women, and children. There are mental games and sometime tongue twister is also included in the category. It is very natural that one needs his or her partner as the best. So one has to learn all these to applaud the process and by this way it can become intoxicating to someone.

Carpentry or the work of a carpenter, architecture or the art of building: The 64 arts of Kamasutra also includes these arts because all these are much related to family life and to become a good housekeeper one should learn these arts. This work generally involves significant manual labour and work outdoors. Architecture is the art and science of designing buildings and structures. Having this wide knowledge is not so simple at times but the purpose of this art is the arousal of emotion.

Practice of sword, single stick, quarter staff and bow and arrow: All these arts are included in Vatsyayana's Kamasutra. Woman has to take part in all possible way and has to save the house from all unwanted means and impending disasters. As a matter of fact it can be said, that woman should learn the process to let her man free from other tensions and give him an exotic feeling of making love always.

Art of speaking by changing the forms of words; knowledge of language and of the vernacular dialects; knowledge of dictionaries and vocabularies; composing poems: These arts are very important in case of family life and Vatsyayana has included these as the vital asanas in the 64 arts in Kamasutra. All these arts are practiced to make a person more knowledgeable and thus incorporate it with the total thing. Actually these arts reinforce one's personality and thus he or she can get a lot of respect from the other one and this way their compatibility or capability of existing or performing in harmonious or congenial combination increases.

Knowledge of ways of changing and disguising the appearance of persons: Vatsyayana's Kamasutra includes this art in its 64 arts. The idea here is to beautify or rather to glorify even the most ordinary thing. It is all about to create that ideal mood hence this art of changing the appearance of things supports in crafting that ideal mood. It is only if the ordinary cotton appears as velvety as the silk then what can stop in couching that wonderful moment with the exotic passion of love making.

Skill of youthful sports: Vatsyayana defines this as one of the important 64 arts in Kamasutra. The term youthful can be related to juvenile, young, enthusiastic or vigorous. The process of lovemaking sometimes needs recklessness and this is what someone may need in the whole course of action. Knowledge of the art of war, of arms, or armies, etc.: All these are included in 64 arts of Kamasutra. The knowledge of all these usually gives a feel of equality. Thus men have a feeling of proper companionship and this helps to increase the love and attraction and to make the adult relationship lot more colourful.

Knowledge of gymnastics: 64 arts of Kamasutra also include the art of gymnastics because it requires a great skill, which helps in the other related effort. Gymnastics is a sport involving the performance of sequences of movements requiring physical strength, flexibility, balance, endurance, gracefulness, and kinaesthetic awareness. Learning this art therefore increases the body flexibility which is definitely one of the most important parts of the matured relationship as flexibility helps a lot in the art of sexual climax.

Art of knowing the character of a man from his features: This art yields a vital part in Vatsyayana's Kamasutra. This art is very important as it gives a personal touch to the whole thing. The relationship is all about togetherness and when one understands the never expressed truths about each other then the yarning for each other reaches the zenith. Sometimes understanding each other becomes a vital part in a relationship so by practicing this art one can make the whole thing alluring and charismatic.

Making artificial flowers and lastly; making figures and images in clay: These fine arts are also included in these 64 arts of Kamasutra as because it enhances the person's creative ability as well as craftsmanship.

Learning these arts helps the person to become more artistic and imaginative in various ways and thus make the relationship with his or her partner more comfortable and pleasant.

(Last Updated on : 10/10/2012)
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