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7] ANNE = HOOPER’S AMA UTRA CUA Sshe LOVEMAKING TECHNIQUES REINTERPRETED FORT TODAYS LOVERS CONTENTS INTRODUCTION 6 PREPARING FOR LovE 14 TOUCHING AND CARESSING 24 KissiNG AND MOUTHPLAY 44 KAMA SUTRA POSITIONS 66 ANANGA RANGA POSITIONS 90 PERFUMED GARDEN POSITIONS 108 THE POSITIONS OF THE TAO 136 BEFORE AND AFTER LOVE 150. INDEX 158 ADDITIONAL READING 160 ACKNOWLEDGMENTS 160 INTRODUCTION When I was first asked to write a commentary for a new edition of the Kama Sutra, I was less than enthusiastic. In the '60s and '70s there seemed to be dozens of versions of the Kama Sutra. Alll were removed from my oun lifestyle, and 1 didn’t feel there was much I could relate to in the text, Although P'm fascinated by human sexual nature, I’m not very interested in sex practiced as a style of gymnastics. I would defend freedom for the aficionado of soph that athletic poses had much two do with my own sex life. So it was cated sexual positions, but I've never felt with reluctance that I sat down and began to read a copy of the Buirton and Arbuthnot translation, which was first published in 1883 and which I have quoted extensively in this book. To my surprise, I got far more out of the experience than I'd thought possible. 1 began to understand the sense of humor behind some of the more exotic poses and realized that many of the poses were not just about sex—they were also about the union of body and mind. Some of the sexual poses in the Kama Sutra are yoga positions, and the goal of yoga is to create mental and physical harmony. The Kama Suitra makes sense in our sophisticated world in that we still strive for the The Kama Sutra and its associated texts, the Ananga Ranga, The Perfumed Garden, and the Tao, are not as baldly sexual as we might assume. There is a connection between these ancient writings and life in the 20th century. It’s a con: nection that centers on feelings. Although it is possible for usito interact sexually with many people; unless we have-also cultivated'some lave xperience of ecstasy and warmth toward the person who is atousing us; we won’t get near the real goal of kama, The concept of kama involves the “enjoyment of appropriate objects by the five senses of hearing feeling, seeing, tasting, and smelling, assisted by the mind together with the soul.” As a concept, kama is just as relevant to us now as it was ta the Indians in around ap 400.