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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

Dharma, Artha, and Kama at different times and in such a manner that 

they may harmonize together and not clash in any way. He should acquire 

learning in his childhood, in his youth and middle age he should attend 

to Artha and Kama, and in his old age he should perform Dharma, and thus 

seek to gain Moksha, _i.e._, release from further transmigration. Or, on 

account of the uncertainty of life, he may practise them at times when 

they are enjoined to be practised. But one thing is to be noted, he 

should lead the life of a religious student until he finishes his 

education. 

 

_Dharma_ is obedience to the command of the Shastra or Holy Writ of the 

Hindoos to do certain things, such as the performance of sacrifices, 

which are not generally done because they do not belong to this world, 

and produce no visible effect; and not to do other things, such as 

eating meat, which is often done because it belongs to this world, and 

has visible effects. 

 

Dharma should be learnt from the Shruti (Holy Writ), and from those 

conversant with it. 

 

_Artha_ is the acquisition of arts, land, gold, cattle, wealth, 

equipages and friends. It is, further, the protection of what is 

acquired, and the increase of what is protected. 

 

Artha should be learnt from the king's officers, and from merchants who 

may be versed in the ways of commerce. 

 

_Kama_ is the enjoyment of appropriate objects by the five senses of 

hearing, feeling, seeing, tasting, and smelling, assisted by the mind 

together with the soul. The ingredient in this is a peculiar contact 

between the organ of sense and its object, and the consciousness of 

pleasure which arises from that contact is called Kama. 

 

Kama is to be learnt from the Kama Sutra (aphorisms on love) and from 

the practice of citizens. 

 

When all the three, viz., Dharma, Artha, and Kama come together, the 

former is better than the one which follows it, _i.e._, Dharma is better 

than Artha, and Artha is better than Kama. But Artha should be always 

first practised by the king, for the livelihood of men is to be obtained 

from it only. Again, Kama being the occupation of public women, they 

should prefer it to the other two, and these are exceptions to the 

general rule. 

 

 

_Objection 1._ 

 

Some learned men say that as Dharma is connected with things not 

belonging to this world, it is appropriately treated of in a book; and 

so also is Artha, because it is practised only by the application of 


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