The Kama sutra – 05 Going to Gardens or Picnics and Other Social Diversions
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
Going to Gardens or Picnics and Other Social Diversions
In the forenoon, men having dressed themselves should go to gardens on horseback, accompanied by women and followed by servants. And having done there all the duties of the day, and passed the time in various agreeable diversions, …. they should return home in the afternoon in the same manner, bringing with them bunches of flowers, etc.
The same also applies to bathing in summer in water from which wicked or dangerous animals have previously been taken out, and which has been built in on all sides.
Spending nights playing with dice.
Going out on moonlight nights.
Keeping the festive day in honour of spring.
Plucking the sprouts and fruits of the mango trees.
Eating the fibres of lotuses.
Eating the tender ears of corn.
Picnicking in the forests when the trees get their new foliage.
The Udakakashvedika or sporting in the water.
Decorating each other with the flowers of some trees.
Pelting each other with the flowers of the Kadamba tree, and many other sports which may either be known to the whole country, or may be peculiar to particular parts of it.
These and similar other amusements should always be carried on by citizens.
The source of the experienceThe Kama Sutra of Vatsayana
Concepts, symbols and science items
Activities and commonsteps
SuppressionsBeauty, art and music
Being naked in the sun
Communing with nature
Enacting ritual and ceremony
Suppression of learning