PURUSHAARTH:.... ARTH, KAAM, DHARMA and MOKSH....KAAM IS A BASIC INSTINCT.... BUT PREVENTS ATTAINING MOKSH....
Posted by Champaklal Dajibhai Mistry on November 25, 2002

 

Most of us follow the tri-varg purushaarth in life.....this means most of us shoot for the attainment of arth, kaam and probably a taint of dharma in this kali-yug....in kali-yug, dharma is at the lowest strength in the 4-yug time cycle in which creation in the universe is created, sustained and reabsorbed regularly back into the creator brhmah....

Prajaapati Vishva Aashram Foundation (PVAF) started postings on purushaarth this week with explanation of arth to start with.....PVAF will continue to post practical and theoretical knowledge of purushaarth in the days, months and years to come....Please look up the italics words in SANSKRIT GLOSSARY or a sanskrit dictionary to have a in-depth understanding of these sanskrit words which in turn will explain the knowledge contained in ved and shaastra which is shared on this web site.... 

Today's posting is the starter knowledge of kaam....which is the desires of pleasures and recreations of life...which are meant to provide sukh (joy and happiness) in life...the four basic instincts of life of a living being are: food, procreation, sleep and fear. All these are critical vehicles and instruments of production of kaam in living beings...

kaam is defined in Apte's Sanskrit dictionary as: wish, desire; object of desire; affection, love; love or desire of sensual enjoyments which is considered as one of the purushaarth; desire of carnal gratification, lust; or is the synonym for our creator brhmah or the name of god of love called kaam-dev.......

Please click on the next line to continue reading about kaam, without which nobody can live but is also the one which does not let one to attain moksh.......



 

HISTORY OF
 KAAM SHAASTRA

nandi, the chief attendant of shiv-bhagvan, was the first one to formulate a kaam shaastra, which means a sacred scriptural treatise on the part of gnaan (knowledge) contained in ved about kaam. From this text bhrihat aaryank upnishad and chadogy upnishad has drawn material to explain kaam. Also shevtketu, the son of uddalak-muni, condensed nandi's kaam shaastra in 500 verses.

In the current era, in 4 A.D. vaatsyaayan compiled works of many of the ved scholars preceding him in what is now famous as kaam sutra...which primarily deals with the kaam that exists between a man and a woman.....

vaatsyaayan starts kaam sutra by this hymn:  

"namah to trii-varg purushaarth: dharma, arth and kaam which are the subject of this sutra (treatise). pranaam to rushio and munio of former times who explained the concepts of kaam."

vaatsyaayan also says pranaam to brahmaa-dev, the prajaapati who creates everything that exists in our brhmaand (egg of brhmah in a universe which may contain infinite number of brhmaand) with this hymn: 

" prajaapati , after creating man, composed a shaastra of one hundred thousand verses. In this shaastra prajaapati prescribed the rules of living in sansaar (worldly life) to attain the tri-varg purushaarth of dharma, arth and kaam."

The above knowledge sharing from ved will be continued in days to come......with the krupaa (grace) of our creator brhmah...

.......om namaye brhmah.......
.......
om tat sat.......



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