TL;DR: May or may not be permitted for Kshatriyas, but forbidden for everyone else, and not encouraged for Kshatriyas either.
Technically there is no such thing as premarital intercourse in Hinduism. Whenever two people consummate a relationship, regardless of the circumstances, it is usually classified as a marriage of one sort or another. It's even ...
A glass can be looked on as half empty or half full. I think it is best to rephrase this question by asking instead - What does Hinduism say about continence (self constraint in sexual matters)?
Swami Nikhilananda in his writings on Hindu ethics says:
Besides the objective duties based on the castes and stages of life, there are laid down the common duties ...
The Hindu treatise on sex Kama Sutra (4th to 6th centuries AD) does
not condemn masturbation at all and moreover explains in detail the
best procedure to masturbate; "Churn your instrument with a lion's
pounce: sit with legs stretched out at right angles to one another,
propping yourself up with two hands planted on the ground between in
them, and ...
Hindu Scriptures describe masturbation as a sin.
The Parashara Smriti, Chapter 12 , Sloka 63 specifically deals with masturbation and provides an expiation(prayaschitta) for that sin too.
If a householder willingly causes the discharge of his virile seed otherwise than in sexual intercourse, he should recite the Gayathri
verse one thousand ...
Yes, Manusmriti forbids sexual intercourse with a virgin girl (without marriage). It consists provisions for the atonement of this sin.
Carnal intercourse with sisters by the same mother, with (unmarried) maidens, with females of the lowest castes, with the wives of a friend, or of a son, they declare to be equal to the violation of a Guru's bed.
Punishment for illicit sex (which includes sexual intercourse with someone else's wife and also with one's maid) as per Srimad Bhagavata Purana is torment in a hell called "Taptasurmi".
yas tv iha vā agamyāṁ striyam agamyaṁ vā puruṣaṁ
yoṣid abhigacchati tāv amutra kaśayā
tāḍayantas tigmayā sūrmyā lohamayyā puruṣam
āliṅgayanti striyaṁ ca puruṣa-...
Well, not only it is contradicting with common sense, it is also clearly against what Atri Rishi has to say in the Atri Smriti:
When, after delivery, the menstrual blood is seen, the woman becomes
purified like pure gold. (192)
If despite her complete unwillingness, a woman is known deceitfully, forcibly or stealthily, that woman, unaffected by any sin, ...
We are not asked to shun Kama.
Dharma, Artha, Kama, Moksha - are the 4 purusharthas.
As long as it follows the rules of Dharma, it is completely acceptable.
But since Kama is so powerful that it can make us ignore the rules of Dharma, we are asked to be very careful with it, just like we are told not to play with fire but keep a safe distance from it.
Apart from the verse found in Triyugi Narayan Mani's answer above there is another verse in the Manu Smriti that clearly condemns pre-marital sex.
It is said that only virgins are fit for marriages:
8.226. The nuptial texts are applied solely to virgins, (and) nowhere among men to females who have lost their virginity, for such (females)
are excluded ...
Yes. According to Apastamba Dharma Sutra, couples need to purify themselves after copulation. From Praśna II, Paṭala 1, Khaṇḍa 1,
Let him have connubial intercourse in the interval also, if his wife (desires it, observing the restrictions imposed by the law).
(The duty of) connubial intercourse (follows from) the passage of a Brāhmaṇa, ('Let us dwell ...
you can not just stop having sexual thoughts, you have to replace the sexual thoughts with something else.
First is to have satvik food and stop seeing sexual explicit movies, sexually explicit TV serials. Do not have intoxicants (very very important). Refrain from using sexually swear words.
Remember God as omni-present, esp. in morning and when going to ...
The soul does not have a gender like male, female etc. And, sexual needs are based on genders. So, needless to say, that the Soul can't be affected by sexual desires.
Here's a verse from the Upanishads:
Naiva stri Na PumAnesha Na ChaivAyam Napumsakaha |
[The Soul or Brahman or the Self] is neither female, nor male not even
a Kliva or ...
"... does it mean that premarital sex was non-existent?"
If a boy & girl adore each other and consummate the relationship, then such act was called GAndharva marriage. In such case, girl's wish was considered foremost. So in the context of your question, "pre-marital sex" would become marriage itself. Here is from AnushAsana Parva:
Bhishma said, ... ...
Are the carnal desires being needed by the body or the soul?
No Clearly carnal desires are not needed by soul , nor it is attached by it. It's also said in our Upanishads that he (soul) is pure one, without a (subtle) body, without blemish, without muscles (a gross body) . Himself devoid of senses, He shines through the functions of the senses. But three ...
Devadasi system is considered sacred and is not meant for any sexual aspect at all. Hence the question of "forced sexual activity" by Devadasi-s, becomes moot.
From the wiki page, the Devadasi means, a woman who has dedicated her life to the worshiping of certain deity in a temple.
In South and parts of Western India, a devadasi (Sanskrit: देवदासी,...
O Fair One! Thus I have described to you the characteristics, approved
by S’âstras, of cow-killing (Gohattyâ) and murdering a Brâhmin
(Brahmahattyâ). Now hear which women are (Agamyâs) not fit to be
approached and those which are fit to be approached (Gamyâs). One’s
own wife is fit to be approached (Gamyâ) and all other women are
Agamyâs, so the ...
Hinduism does not deal with social situations like Western religions do.
There are no chapters on how to deal with women, how to marry, how to divorce, how to have sex, whether to have drugs, whether to have alcohol etc etc. There are no 10 commandments.
There have been various books or literature on topics like society, class, sex etc, but that's on the ...
It is forbidden. Intercourse with all animals is forbidden, it's just that the Prayaschitta required is more arduous in the case of a cows than in the case of another animal. Here is what the Atri Smriti says in context:
Prajapatya is laid down for holding sexual intercourse with a beast, or with a harlot. By holding intercourse with a cow, one should ...
It is extremely tough if not impossible to control such thoughts on your own, instead pray to God, he being the inner controller will certainly help you.
Sri Ramakrishna The Great Master / Sri Ramakrishna In Bhavamukha:
A young man comes in a dejected mood and asks, “Sir, how can one be freed from lust? Passions and unhealthy emotions disturb the mind ...
See the following Hatha Yoga Pradipika verse:
Brahmacharyaratasyaiva nityam hitamitasinah Mandaladdrsyate siddhih kundalyabhyasayoghinah||
Only one who delights in the life of celibate (brahmacharin), and
always conforms to a moderate and salutary diet, and who practices
Yoga in the form of stimulating Kundalini approaches Siddhi within
it's NOT true that only virginity of women is stressed upon in Hindu scriptures. Men's virginity also required during first marriage. Men's life span is divided into 4 stages (Ashrama):
Brahmacharya (student life)
Grihastha (household life)
Vanaprastha (retired life)
Sannyasa (renounced life)
And in the first stage named Brahmacharya, virginity or celibacy ...
Hinduism considers prostitutes to be women who are ignorant about dharma.
Pingala said, ‘…What women is there that regards that Supreme Soul
as her dear Lord, even when he comes near? I am now awake. I have been
roused from the sleep of ignorance. I am no longer influenced by
desire. Human lovers, who are really the embodied forms of hell, shall
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 ...
Oh ok just now realised what you are actually asking. What Atri Smriti is saying is , that (santapana) is the punishment for having unnatural sexual intercourse with any female animals except a cow.
In case of a similar offence against a cow, the punishment is even more severe. And this is mentioned in just the previous verse of the same chapter. I am ...
The Hindu concept of Masturbation is neither dogmatic nor based on superstition. It accepts the fact that it is a natural phenomenon, the normal urge for the gratification
of body & mind. There is scientific evidence & medical approval on this. Only point to be noted is that this should not be practiced too frequently, too much indulgence is ...
There is no sanction in Hindu scripture for sexual activity by Devadasis.
The Temple Dancers
The tradition of women being dedicated to a temple can be found in all
ancient civilisations including Greece and Egypt. In India, the
devadasis, the handmaiden of god. was married to the deity as a child
and became part of a temple establishment. A ...
One thing is very clear that a man should mate with his wife only. As far as contraceptive methods are considered, I cannot say about women, but as far as men are considered, though a contraception is used, man's semen is either in his body or it will be outside the body. Release of semen should serve purpose and that too it is begetting child with wife only....
Hindu samskaras cover an individual’s entire life span from conception to funeral rites. Hindus believe sexual intimacy between married couples is a sacred act.
Sex life is especially meant for having good children. The circumstances for creating good children are mentioned in Kama-sastra of Vatsyaayana, the scripture in which
suitable guidelines are ...