Hinduism sex

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Hinduism is a faith of over 1 billion followers and is the third largest religion in the world. There is no clear founder or date of origin but it is believed to be one of the worlds oldest religions. Because of this vast history and following, beliefs on relationships and sex will vary across believers. Below are some key ideas which are more common amongst the Hindu faith. Marriage is seen to fulfill three functions: building a family, fulfilling responsibilities, and companionship and mutual pleasure as lovers.

What the Sex Lives and Sexual Beliefs of Hindus Are Like

What does Hinduism teach about Relationships and Sex?

Dating to 6, BCE, the Vedas constitute the oldest scripture in the world. In Hindu belief, deities can take many forms, but all combine in the universal spirit of Brahman. Unlike Judaism, Christianity and Islam, which focus on the actions of a single lifetime, Hindu belief centers on a continuous process of birth and rebirth that ultimately releases the true self from the limitations of body and the ego — a freeing of the spirit called moksha. That process includes a release from sensual experiences, including sexuality. Hindu sacred texts, however, do not distinguish between heterosexual and homosexual acts. While Hindu sacred texts do not specifically use those terms heterosexual and homosexual , they do distinguish between procreative sexual acts within marriage and non-procreative sexual acts such as oral, etc. The latter are explicitly discouraged not for the common man but for brahmanas and priests.

Stances of Faiths on LGBTQ Issues: Hinduism

Many Hindus believe that sensual pleasure is one of the four legitimate goals to be sought in life. Kama includes sexual pleasure and sex is considered a good thing to be enjoyed, but within certain boundaries. Self-control is an important aspect of Hindu teachings. During the second ashrama , sexual activity in a loving and committed relationship is actually encouraged. This is because having children is viewed as an important part of life and also because kama is a valid aim in life.
Hindu views of homosexuality , and LGBT lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues more generally, are diverse and different Hindu groups have distinct views. Although a few Hindu texts contain injunctions against homosexuality, a number of Hindu texts have portrayed homosexual experience as natural and joyful, [1] the Kamasutra affirms and recognizes same-sex relations, [2] and there are several Hindu temples which have carvings that depict both men and women engaging in homosexual acts. In , the Delhi High Court legalised homosexuality in India , but the Supreme Court of India subsequently overturned the high court's decision.