First of all, let me explicitly state that I assumed that you are asking about the rules & regulations that a husband and his wife should abide by.Because ,sexual activities, of any other forms are clearly stated ,in Shastras, as Adharmic.
Well,except for few prohibited days ,like the days of period,and few others,sexual activities are perfectly legal ...
The Vālmīki Rāmāyaṇa itself mentions the objective of Indra's visit to Gautama's āśrama which was to simply take away the ascetic powers of Gautama. So, contrary to what the speaker in the video says, in this instance, it was not a test.
After Gautama delivers his curse on Indra, Indra returns to his loka and says:
कुर्वता तपसो विघ्नं गौतमस्य महात्मन: ।
Prostitution is always condemned in Hindu Scriptures.
Here are few verses from Parashara and the Manu Smritis:
66.By selling Wine and meat,by consuming prohibited foods,cohabiting with prostitutes a shoodra falls from his caste.(Parashara Smriti)
On carnal intercourse with a beast, or a prostitute and the like, or with a female buffalo, or with a ...
Sri Krishna says in Gita about desire - काम and delusion - मोह.
ध्यायतो विषयान्पुंसः सङ्गस्तेषूपजायते।
सङ्गात् संजायते कामः कामात्क्रोधोऽभिजायते।।2.62।।
In the case of a person who dwells on objects, there arises
attachment for them. From attachment grows hankering (strong desire), from hankering
क्रोधाद्भवति संमोहः संमो...
According to Hindu scriptures, the sex drive is stronger in women.
The line from Mahābhārata in the question is closely related to the guidance below from Garuḍa Purāṇa (astrojyoti.com):
COPULATION PROHIBITED ON CERTAIN DAYS
An ideal wife is one who obeys the commands of her husband without any inhibition. According to the scriptures the best time ...
I am only answering this part:
Is there any expiation for the sin of illicit sex?
Various Dharmashastras declare various expiation for illicit sex. I am quoting some of them as below:
Gautama (23.12, 13, 32).—‘The guilt of one who has intercourse with the wife of a friend, a sister, a female belonging to the same family, the wife of a pupil, a daughter-in-...
Indra Deva is related to the Indriyas which in turn are related to the mind (Manas).
The Atharva Veda itself explicitly says that Indra is the lord of the mind.
Indra is the Lord of the Divine Mind.
Atharva Veda Samhita, Kanda 7, Sukta 97, Mantra 8.
There is another Mantra in the same Samhita which asks Indra to kill the ...
The question is on the premises of below verse.
BG 7.11 -
... dharmāviruddho bhūteṣu kāmo ’smi bharatarṣabha ...
... I am sex life which is not contrary to religious principles ...
But the translation is wrong. Evidently the most of the translators, interpret following:
kAma = desire (source: gitasupersite)
It can be desire for anything, such as desire ...
Because it is not. If you ask "Why is Manu Smriti not a Tantra or not a Purana?" what will be the answers?
Dharmashastras are the Smritis, like Manu Smriti etc..
Srutis tu vedo vijneyo dharma-shAstram tu vai smriti ||
Manu Smriti 2.10. But by Sruti (revelation) is meant the Veda, and by Smriti (tradition) the Institutes of the sacred law: ...
Hindu scriptures may not be discussing "libido" at all.
There is a famous so called verse from ChAnakya Niti:
स्त्रीणा द्विगुण अहारो लज्जा चापि चतुर्गुणा ।
साहसं षड्गुणं चैव कामश्चाष्टगुणः स्मृतः
I had came across these quotes of "X times this, Y times that" several years back. Later I found out them to be misconceptions.
अहार, which is wrongly ...
I think you meant in what stage of life should one shift focus to Moksha from Artha,Kama etc?
And that is possibly what was meant in the book you are referring to.My answer is based on this assumption.
In the Sadaachaaraa Varnana(Descriptions of righteous living) chapter of the Brahma Purana,Maharshi Veda Vyasa precisely answers the question you raised:
It depends on what you want to attain.
There are 3 types of action - karma, vikarma, akarma
karma - doing an action ordained by shastras (dharma) with desire to attain its fruits - this is what you and I do 99% of time
vikarma - doing an action NOT ordained by shastras (adharma) with desire to attain its fruits - what 'bad' people do.. and they won't even ...
I agree with @iammilind that the translation of BG 7.11 you cite in your question is a bit misleading and changes the whole meaning or intent of your question. This by no means undermines Prabhupada's translation or purport.
Personally, I liked Shankaracharya's interpretation of the verse from here the most:
Commentary by Sri Adi Shankaracharya of ...
What every little I have learnt from great scholars I am sharing here.
As " D " mentioned -out of four "Purushardhas" Dharma is the pivot and one should adopt "Dharmic Kama" and "Dharmic Artha" and the fourth one will automatically come to you that is " Moksha".
you take a long stick - measure it into "1/3 of it's length" and start cutting ...