Do you remember how I shared this one post about 64 Ancient Women’s Arts of Goddess Saraswati some time ago? Those same arts can be found in Kama Sutra as well, including many other ancient texts and scriptures from different time periods and different traditions and regions of India. And guess what? The same thing can be found specifically for men, and it came to us from a very ancient text originating in 15th century. Back then, it was a textbook of some sort where they talked about the upbringing of boys and young men, and what they should know to become real men in the future. Those were men’s arts.
Whether it is the 15th or 21st century, these texts for me somehow do not seem so ancient. And if anything, the wisdom of them both seems ageless to me, as you are about to find out yourself. Some things are questionable nowadays, but if you think about it, maybe not so much?…
64 Ancient Men’s Arts
Here it is, the list of all 64 ancient men’s arts that you can share with your boyfriend (and I’m curious what he has to say). Some of them have my comments that direct you to meditate on the statement.
1. Ability to live in accordance with the laws.
2. Art of being head of the household (notice that it is an art, so not everyone can easily do it).
3. Knowledge of ancient texts and scriptures.
4. Art of meditation.
5. Knowledge of law and art of proving one’s case.
6. Art of construction (again, it is an art).
7. Art of hiding one’s emotions and feelings.
8. Art of managing the vital forces.
9. Art of taking care of hair and beard.
10. Art of management.
11. Knowledge of nature elements.
12. Knowledge of traditions and customs.
13. Knowledge of astrology.
14. Knowledge of medicine.
15. Knowledge of geology.
16. Art of massage.
19. Martial arts.
20. Art of strategy and tactics.
21. Art of managing weapons.
22. Art of dancing.
23. Knowledge of making weapons and tools.
24. Art of logic.
25. Art of composure.
26. Art of beautiful speech.
28. Art of mental training.
29. Art of argumentation.
30. Art of deception.
31. Ability to confuse and mislead.
32. Art of guessing someone’s thoughts.
33. Knowledge of measures and quantities, accounting art.
34. Knowledge of taxes.
35. Art of negotiation.
36. Art of recognizing a person, his character, and intentions by his face, manners, postures, and gestures.
37. Art of writing, and the art of calligraphy.
39. Art of dream interpretation.
40. Art of making garlands and bouquets, knowledge of the meaning of their elements.
41. Pottery arts.
42. Art of weaving, embroidery, carpet making, textile dyeing and decoration.
43. Art of creating paints.
44. Culinary and cooking arts.
45. Knowledge of herbs and plants and ability to use them in everyday life, medicine, and magic.
46. Art of getting good harvests in the field and in the garden.
47. Livestock farming.
48. Art of domestication, education, and training of animals.
49. Knowledge of myths, legends, and fairy tales.
50. Art of juggling.
51. Art of prediction.
52. Poetic arts.
53. Knowledge of musical rhythms and the ability to reproduce them.
54. Art of raising a wife (this is an interesting one – a wife needs to be raised or become, a woman cannot become a wife right away, it takes time).
55. Art of management of male fertility.
56. Art of sexual satisfaction of a woman.
57. Knowledge love making poses.
58. Art of seduction.
59. Art of making love.
60. Art of understanding of women (contrary to the popular “woman should not be understood but loved”).
61. Knowledge of the secret meaning of female clothing, decorations, and gestures.
62. Art of self-control when communicating with the wife.
63. Art of using tender words (note how romantic and sexual matters are at the end of the list, hinting that they are less of a priority for a man).
64. Knowledge and implementation of ancestral directions.
Here they are, all 64 of them. What do you think? What would you do if you met a man who knows all of these skills and arts? Do you think it would be a perfect man? I love how some things are not really associated with a man nowadays. Perhaps, besides it being an ancient text, it also comes from an oriental culture that usually has a different approach to things in life. Regardless, I find this list beautiful and intriguing.