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Tulsi Badrinath

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199465187

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199465187.001.0001

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The Paradox of Sex—I

The Paradox of Sex—I

Foundations of Sexual Happiness*

(p.97) 22 The Paradox of Sex—I
Chaturvedi Badrinath

Tulsi Badrinath

Oxford University Press

Badrinath says in this essay that it is in the Dharmic views of human life that one has, for the first time in human history, a profound understanding of sexual happiness which has at the very heart of it an equally profound paradox. The factors which help man and woman create sexual pleasure and happiness are all non-sexual in nature: that is the paradox of sex. The paradoxical foundations of sexual pleasure are already mentioned in the Chhandogya Upanishad and the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad. Physical pleasure of sex is dependent upon the feeling that the human bodies of man and woman, with all its innate attributes, physical and psychological, is sacred. Badrinath states that the clearer the awareness of the sacredness of the physical, the more heightened will be the sexual pleasure.

Keywords:   Sexual behaviour, human sexuality, Brihadaranyaka Upanishad, Kinsey Report, self-control

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