By / 30th December, 2015 / Kama Siri / Off

Many of you ask, why “Kama Siri”? What’s in a name?

Like parents naming a child, naming a business is a decision made after much research and soul searching about what you want that business to be, and how the name should express it. Especially in Thailand is this poignant, with its rich and proud heritage of the Kingdom of Siam heavily influenced by the culture and religions of the ancient civilizations of India, starting with the Kingdom of Funan around the first century until the Khmer Empire and much of its language having roots back into Sanskrit – sometimes referred to as the ‘Mother of all Languages”. (please refer to https://www.facebook.com/VedahinduJnana/posts/601648449888429, http://www.omniglot.com/writing/sanskrit.htm, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sanskrit)

Kama (คามะ)
(source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kama)
Kāma (Sanskrit, Pali; Devanagari: काम) means desire, wish, longing in Indian literature. Kāma often connotes sexual desire and longing in contemporary literature, but the concept more broadly refers to any desire, wish, passion, longing, pleasure of the senses, the aesthetic enjoyment of life, affection, or love, with or without sexual connotations.

Kāma is one of the four goals of human life in Hindu traditions. It is considered an essential and healthy goal of human life when pursued without sacrificing the other three goals: Dharma (virtuous, proper, moral life), Artha (material prosperity, income security, means of life) and Moksha (liberation, release, self-actualization). Together, these four aims of life are called Puruṣārtha.

Siri (สิริ)
(source: http://www.wisdomlib.org/definition/siri/index.html)
Contrary to some popular opinion, Siri here has nothing to do with a voice assistant on a certain handphone.

Sirī,(siri) (f.) (Vedic śrī) 1.splendour,beauty Sn.686 (Instr.siriyā); J.VI,318 (siriṃ dhāreti).– 2.luck,glory,majesty,prosperity S.I,44 (Nom.siri); J.II,410 (siriṃ),466; DA.I,148; VvA.323 (Instr.buddha-siriyā).rajjasirī-dāyikā devatā the goddess which gives prosperity to the kingdom DhA.II,17; sirī+lakkhī splendour & luck J.III,443.– 3.the goddess of luck D.I,11 (see Rh.D.Buddhist India 216–222); DA.I,97; J.V,112; Miln.191 (°devatā).

Kama Siri therefore is a combination of 2 evocative words, with a depth of meaning only possible from such ancient scripts and eminently suited to the restful, beautifully aesthetic setting we seek to build at Kama Siri, from which we hope springs joy and prosperity for all that join us.

Oh, and KA are the first initials of my and my husband’s first names, while MA are the first 2 letters of our surname. So that’s also nice 🙂 And my husband’s idea of putting Kama before Siri, since the goals lead to the result and it sounds better that way 😀

We hope you love Kama Siri properties as much as we do and enjoy our journey to build something special for the enjoyment of all our Guests.

Much Love

Rein (Kanokwan Marshall)
Kama Siri (คามะสิริ)