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The word kama basically means "desire," and, hence, the Kamasutra is a book that helps facilitate the fulfillment of human desires. The essential message of the Bhagavadgita is devotion - complete and unconditional devotion to God - as the principal mode of attaining salvation. In order to gain salvation, however, one must first be motivated and, therefore, behind devotion lies the impetus of desire. The urge or the yearning to unite with the divine is no less passionate and intense than the desire of two lovers to unite. Hence, Indian religious thought has always recognized the parallel between sexuality and spirituality.

from the INTRODUCTION by Pratapaditya Pal

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Walters Art Museum
600 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
October 20, 2001 to January 13, 2002

Santa Barbara Museum of Art
1130 State Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
March 2, 2002 to June 2, 2002
Albuquerque Museum
2000 Mountain Road, NW
Albuquerque, NM 87104
Sept.15, 2002 to January 5, 2003
Birmingham Museum of Art
2000 Eighth Avenue North
Birmingham, Alabama 35203
March 9, 2003 to May 25, 2003

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