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Conflicted on Kama: Neither Prudery nor Promiscuity, but Purushartha
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Conflicted on Kama: Neither Prudery nor Promiscuity, but Purushartha

Raghu Bhaskaran- November 23, 2018

Unlike the prudery of Islamic-Christian cults, our ancestors never hesitated from accepting Kama — desire/sensuality, for it is a Purushartha, a goal as worthy of Moksha or ... Read More

The place of Kāma among other Puruṣārthas: A Sanskrit Poetics perspective
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The place of Kāma among other Puruṣārthas: A Sanskrit Poetics perspective

Shankar Rajaraman- November 22, 2018

The goals of artha and kāma can be truly described as puruṣārtha only when they fall within the ambit of dharma. This is so, because, ... Read More

Kama and Indic Society
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Kama and Indic Society

Sumedha Verma Ojha- November 19, 2018

In the Indic system, there is nothing of the guilt, fear, secrecy and negativity associated with it as prevalent in many other religio-cultural systems. Witness ... Read More

A Week with the Purusharthas
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A Week with the Purusharthas

Shyam Krishnakumar- October 2, 2018

The week-long workshop titled Purusharthas: Unity or Dissonance by Dr Bharat Gupt came as a breath of fresh air. For seven days, amidst the stunning ... Read More

Varṇa vyavastha as a conceptual social order that facilitates self-actualization
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Varṇa vyavastha as a conceptual social order that facilitates self-actualization

Nithin Sridhar- May 14, 2018

Instead of seeking to destroy diversity, dharma traditions have presented a vision of varṇa vyavastha wherein diversity was not only recognized as a fundamental reality ... Read More