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Kāma is pleasure, sensual gratification, sexual fulfillment, pleasure of the senses, desire, eros, the aesthetic enjoyment of life in Sanskrit. In Hinduism, kāma is regarded as the third of the four goals of life (purusharthas): the others are duty (dharma), worldly status (artha) and salvation (moksha). Kama-deva is the personification of this, a god equivalent to the Greek Eros and the Roman Cupid. Kama-rupa is a subtle body or aura composed of desire, while Kama-loka is the realm this inhabits, particularly in the afterlife.


From Proto-Indo-Iranian *kā́ma, from Proto-Indo-European *keh₂-. Cognate (via PII) with Old Persian 𐎣𐎠𐎶 (kāma), Avar 𐬐𐬁𐬨𐬀 (kāma-), and akin (via PIE) to Latin cārus.

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