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Introduction
The Feminine Mind-1
The War Between the Sexes-2.1
The War Between the Sexes-2.2
The War Between the Sexes-2.3
Marriage-3.1
Marriage-3.2
Marriage-3.3
Marriage-3.4
Woman Suffrage-4.1
Woman Suffrage-4.2
Woman Suffrage-4.3
Woman Suffrage-4.4
The New Age-5.1
The New Age-5.2
The Kama Sutra of Vatsyayana. INTRODUCTION
THE VATSYAYANA SUTRA-1-2
THE VATSYAYANA SUTRA-3-4-5
OF SEXUAL UNION-1-2
OF SEXUAL UNION-3-4-5
OF SEXUAL UNION-6-7-8
OF SEXUAL UNION-10-11
ABOUT THE ACQUISITION OF A WIFE-1-2
ABOUT THE ACQUISITION OF A WIFE-3-4-5
ABOUT A WIFE-1-2
ABOUT THE WIVES OF OTHER MEN-1-2
ABOUT THE WIVES OF OTHER MEN-3-4
ABOUT THE WIVES OF OTHER MEN-5-6
ABOUT COURTESANS-1-2
ABOUT COURTESANS-3-4
ABOUT COURTESANS-5-6
ABOUT THE MEANS OF ATTRACTING OTHERS TO YOURSELF-1-2
CONCLUDING REMARKS

the benefit of the world, by Vatsyayana, while leading the life of a 

religious student at Benares, and wholly engaged in the contemplation of 

the Deity. This work is not to be used merely as an instrument for 

satisfying our desires. A person acquainted with the true principles of 

this science, who preserves his Dharma (virtue or religious merit), his 

Artha (worldly wealth) and his Kama (pleasure or sensual gratification), 

and who has regard to the customs of the people, is sure to obtain the 

mastery over his senses. In short, an intelligent and knowing person, 

attending to Dharma and Artha and also to Kama, without becoming the 

slave of his passions, will obtain success in everything that he may 

do." 

 

It is impossible to fix the exact date either of the life of Vatsyayana 

or of his work. It is supposed that he must have lived between the first 

and the sixth centuries of the Christian era, on the following 

grounds:--He mentions that Satkarni Srtvahan, a king of Kuntal, killed 

Malayevati his wife with an instrument called kartari by striking her in 

the passion of love, and Vatsya quotes this case to warn people of the 

danger arising from some old customs of striking women when under the 

influence of this passion. Now this king of Kuntal is believed to have 

lived and reigned during the first century A.C., and consequently Vatsya 

must have lived after him. On the other hand, Virahamihira, in the 

eighteenth chapter of his 'Brihatsanhita,' treats of the science of 

love, and appears to have borrowed largely from Vatsyayana on the 

subject. Now Virahamihira is said to have lived during the sixth century 

A.D., and as Vatsya must have written his works previously, therefore 

not earlier than the first century, A.C., and not later than the sixth 

century A.D., must be considered as the approximate date of his 

existence. 

 

On the text of the 'Aphorisms on Love,' by Vatsyayana, only two 

commentaries have been found. One called 'Jayamangla' or 'Sutrabashya,' 

and the other 'Sutra vritti.' The date of the 'Jayamangla' is fixed 

between the tenth and thirteenth centuries A.D., because while treating 

of the sixty-four arts an example is taken from the 'Kavyaprakasha,' 

which was written about the tenth century A.D. Again, the copy of the 

commentary procured was evidently a transcript of a manuscript which 

once had a place in the library of a Chaulukyan king named Vishaladeva, 

a fact elicited from the following sentence at the end of it:-- 


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