Kama (Sanskrit, Pali; Devanagari: काम, IAST: kāma) means “sex” or “desire, wish, longing” in Indian literature. Kama often connotes sexual desire and longing in contemporary literature, but the concept more broadly refers to any desire, wish, passion, longing, pleasure of the senses, the aesthetic enjoyment of life, affection, or love, with or without sexual connotations.
Kama is one of the four goals of human life in Hindu traditions. It is considered an essential and healthy goal of human life when pursued without sacrificing the other three goals: Dharma (virtuous, proper, moral life), Artha (material prosperity, income security, means of life) and Moksha (liberation, release, self-actualization).Together, these four aims of life are called Puruṣārtha.
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Kama, in Hinduism, is one of the four goals of human life. Pictures below illustrate examples of kama.
sexual desire and love
Aesthetic pleasure from arts, nature;
Deity Kama whose arrows trigger desire