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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

PART I. 

 

THE VATSYAYANA SUTRA. 

 

INTRODUCTORY PREFACE. 

 

SALUTATION TO DHARMA, ARTHA AND KAMA. 

 

 

In the beginning, the Lord of Beings created men and women, and in the 

form of commandments in one hundred thousand chapters laid down rules 

for regulating their existence with regard to Dharma,[1] Artha,[2] and 

Kama.[3] Some of these commandments, namely those which treated of 

Dharma, were separately written by Swayambhu Manu; those that related to 

Artha were compiled by Brihaspati; and those that referred to Kama were 

expounded by Nandi, the follower of Mahadeva, in one thousand chapters. 

 

Now these 'Kama Sutra' (Aphorisms on Love), written by Nandi in one 

thousand chapters, were reproduced by Shvetaketu, the son of Uddvalaka, 

in an abbreviated form in five hundred chapters, and this work was again 

similarly reproduced in an abridged form, in one hundred and fifty 

chapters, by Babhravya, an inhabitant of the Punchala (South of Delhi) 

country. These one hundred and fifty chapters were then put together 

under seven heads or parts named severally-- 

 

1st. Sadharana (general topics). 

 

2nd. Samprayogika (embraces, etc.). 

 

3rd. Kanya Samprayuktaka (union of males and females). 

 

4th. Bharyadhikarika (on one's own wife). 

 

5th. Paradika (on the wives of other people). 

 

6th. Vaisika (on courtesans). 

 

7th. Aupamishadika (on the arts of seduction, tonic medicines, etc.). 

 

The sixth part of this last work was separately expounded by Dattaka at 

the request of the public women of Pataliputra (Patna), and in the same 

way Charayana explained the first part of it. The remaining parts, viz., 

the second, third, fourth, fifth, and seventh were each separately 

expounded by-- 

 

Suvarnanabha (second part). 

 

Ghotakamukha (third part). 

 

Gonardiya (fourth part). 

 

Gonikaputra (fifth part). 

 

Kuchumara (seventh part), respectively. 

 

Thus the work being written in parts by different authors was almost 

unobtainable, and as the parts which were expounded by Dattaka and the 

others treated only of the particular branches of the subject to which 

each part related, and moreover as the original work of Babhravya was 

difficult to be mastered on account of its length, Vatsyayana, 

therefore, composed his work in a small volume as an abstract of the 

whole of the works of the above-named authors. 

 

FOOTNOTES: 

 

[Footnote 1: Dharma is acquisition of religious merit, and is fully 

described in Chapter 5, Volume III., of Talboys Wheeler's 'History of 


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