As the driving force of creation, kamadeva, or desire, has been grossly misinterpreted as the purely sexual pursuit of man. Here, Dr H Vedant reveals the true value of our pleasure-seeking natures and the highest outcomes for our desires
The existence of the universe is rooted in kama. “Kama” is a Sanskrit expression denoting desire and creation. The term “deva” refers to a deity or a celestial being. Kamadeva or kama is the driving force in any endeavour, the supreme of all human qualities that functions as a divine, creative energy nurturing and sustaining the universe.
From kama sprouted the entire cosmic creation; it is the predominant impulse in the heart of all living beings and therefore its regulation, control and purity are of the highest significance for the integration of one’s personality.
Desire and creation, beauty and attraction, love and lust, imagination and creativity, sensuality and passion, vigor and vitality are all attributes of kama. Kama is everything that delights the senses – good music, beautiful art and painting, delicious food, scented perfumes and love are among the pleasures encouraged within the doctrine of kama.
Kama rules the realm of the mind, not only living beings, but also Gods who were said to not be exempted from its intoxicating charms. The human feelings of love, passion, desire for material pleasures and sensual enjoyment are the driving forces behind human action. Karma is commonly coupled with procreation or physical pleasure; however physical pleasure is just one aspect of kama. In the West, kama is often perceived in a restricted sense, predominantly due to the erotic literature Kama Sutra By Vatsyayana. As a result, Western culture does not always understand the true essence of kamadeva.
The compelling emotions of love and lust are a focal point in life. They are craved yet also taboo; desired, hated, fantasised about, wished for and condemned – all at the same time. Man is bound in by kamadeva and bound by it; yet most religious authorities collectively berate it – what a dilemma for poor human beings!
However, the sensual pleasures to which we are bound, serve to not only increase the joy of life and sustain emotional balance, but also aid the development of the mental-spiritual spheres. One should indulge in passion without becoming a slave to it. True spiritual progress is not achieved by shunning or avoiding our desires and passions, but rather by using these very elements as a means for liberation. Neglecting kama could diminish stability and lead to an imbalance of our physical and emotional selves.
Desire is the dynamic core of all creation, in whatever way we may like to explain it. If it were not for this striving that we call desire, the whole universe would be cold and dead, and would not exist at all.
Embarking on a spiritual journey is far easier without material and wordly temptations. However, in order to attain our divine objectives, it is necessary to confront such temptations and channel the enormous potential of energy that they hold towards our ultimate goal. This is the supreme achievement of kamadeva.
By Dr H Vedant
Dr. Vedant is the President of Apsra School of Ancient Science (ASAS) and a practising mantra and yantra therapist who is currently researching the mystic rituals and practices associated with kamadeva. Dr Vedant can be reached on firstname.lastname@example.org. For more details visit www.apsra.org and www.kamadeva.org