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 ...
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 ...
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-...
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.
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, ...
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
"... 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, ... ...
Quoting from the extant Manusmriti. The provisions dealing with female homosexuality are given in the chapter on adultery. The punishment for the same is as follows:
If a maiden pollutes another maiden, her fine shall be two hundred; she shall also pay the double of her nuptial fee and shall receive ten lashes.—(Manu 8.369)
But if a woman pollutes a maiden, ...
Yes. Hindu scriptures allow women to remarry after husband's death.
Naradha Smriti 12.97 “When her husband is lost or dead, when he has become a religious ascetic, when he is impotent, when he has been expelled from caste, in these cases a woman may be Justified in another husband.
Parashara Smriti 4.28 “When her husband is missing or is dead or has ...
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,...
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
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 ...
The Cambridge Dictionary defines rape as:
to force someone to have sex when they are unwilling, using violence or threatening behaviour
In this regard the prescription of the currently available Manusmriti, 8.364
is very clear i.e. death penalty:
योऽकामां दूषयेत् कन्यां स सद्यो वधमर्हति।
सकामां दूषयंस्तुल्यो न वधं प्राप्नुयान्नरः॥३६४॥
If a man violates an ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 following verse from Manu Smriti gives the impression that a woman can perform adultery when her husband is unwilling.
Manu Smriti 8.317. The killer of a learned Brahmana throws his guilt
on him who eats his food, an adulterous wife on her (negligent)
husband, a (sinning) pupil or sacrificer on (their negligent) teacher
(or priest), a thief on the king (...
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 ...
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
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 ...
In section CIV of Anusasana Parva of the Mahabharata, Bhishma told the following words to Yudhishthira
Persons of every order should never have sexual congress with other
people's wives. There is nothing that shortens life so effectually as
sexual congress with other people's wives. For as many thousand years
shall the adulterer have to live in ...