Hinduism - Sexual Ethics

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Hinduism - Sexual Ethics
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2012-08-01 06:58:12
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Describe and Explain Hindu ethical teachings on sexual ethics
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  1. Factors that shape sexual expression
    • The divine
    • Sacred scriptures
    • Human resposibility - to live in accordance with dharma to Achieve Moksha
    • The 4 Purusharthas
  2. The four Purusharthas
    • Dharma - Ashrama (appropriate sexual expression in the 4 life stages) and Samanya (self controlled sexual expression)
    • Artha¬†- seeking of security (money and family)
    • Kama - desire or pleasure
    • Form the Triple ideal. All three must be pursued in order to escape Samsara
    • Moksha - escape from Samsara. Requires the following of one's dharma and thus appropriate sexual expression
  3. 4 life stages:
    • Student
    • Householder
    • Retiree
    • Ascetic
  4. Marriage must be:
    • Monogamous
    • Faithful
    • Progeny bearing
  5. Selection in marriage:
    • endogamy and exogamy
    • Qualification for partners
    • Marriageable age
  6. Purpose of marriage:
    • progeny¬†
    • performance of religious rites and ceremonies
    • pleasure
  7. Asceticism
    • Sannyasin - renounces thir old life and adopts a path of spirituality
    • Sadhu - moves straight from a student into this stage
  8. Varying views of literature on:
    • Adultery
    • Fornication
    • Incest
    • Homosexuality/bestiality
    • Prostitution

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