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What are the views of Hinduism on sex before marriage? – Living Together

What are the views of Hinduism on sex before marriage?

There is no simple answer to this question. The answer depends on the individual’s situation. For Hindus, premarital sex is a social taboo and not a religious one. Sex after the marriage has been recommended for male and female Hindus in the Grahasta portion of life, but sex is also considered as one of the attachments to this universe that would stop you from getting Moksha readily or early. It was regarded as the same as people’s wealth, anger, or attachment. It’s not a taboo, but it’s better to avoid it if one is pursuing moksha. Gandharva Vivaha (marriage by Love) happened when the man was captivated by the beauty of women. Hinduism believes that the wife is somebody who assists her husband with his responsibilities towards his family and society. So, a wife should be selected to help him carry out his tasks and not only because of her appearance. In Hinduism, the purpose is to determine whether a person’s sexual behaviour is legitimate (dharma) or illegitimate (adharma) and whether the sexual desire is for the correct purposes. It is regarded as evil and illegitimate if an individual pursues it solely for pleasure and selfish enjoyment. On the contrary, if, as part of one’s responsibilities, it is pursued for reproduction, tradition upholds it as dutiful, moral, and legal. The world cannot continue to exist without reproduction, and gods cannot be served. Sexual desire, therefore, has a godly objective. Hinduism also allows the use of sexual activity for self-realization or the sublimation of sexual energy into spiritual energy in certain tantric practices. In Hinduism, therefore, sex is not evil as long as it is pursued as the means for justified ends, and is not regarded as an end in itself. Hindu law books consistently use this definition as the norm for determining human behaviour’s legality or unlawfulness. Hinduism distinguishes clearly between ordinary sexual desire and lust. While one of the main goals of human existence is the development of a sexual desire for reproduction, lust is regarded to be one of the main enemies of human existence.