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Table of contents
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

proper means, and a knowledge of those means can only be obtained by 

study and from books. But Kama being a thing which is practised even by 

the brute creation, and which is to be found everywhere, does not want 

any work on the subject. 

 

 

_Answer._ 

 

This is not so. Sexual intercourse being a thing dependent on man and 

woman requires the application of proper means by them, and those means 

are to be learnt from the Kama Shastra. The non-application of proper 

means, which we see in the brute creation, is caused by their being 

unrestrained, and by the females among them only being fit for sexual 

intercourse at certain seasons and no more, and by their intercourse not 

being preceded by thought of any kind. 

 

 

_Objection 2._ 

 

The Lokayatikas[4] say:--Religious ordinances should not be observed, 

for they bear a future fruit, and at the same time it is also doubtful 

whether they will bear any fruit at all. What foolish person will give 

away that which is in his own hands into the hands of another? 

Moreover, it is better to have a pigeon to-day than a peacock to-morrow; 

and a copper coin which we have the certainty of obtaining, is better 

than a gold coin, the possession of which is doubtful. 

 

 

_Answer._ 

 

It is not so. 1st. Holy Writ, which ordains the practice of Dharma, does 

not admit of a doubt. 

 

2nd. Sacrifices such as those made for the destruction of enemies, or 

for the fall of rain, are seen to bear fruit. 

 

3rd. The sun, moon, stars, planets and other heavenly bodies appear to 

work intentionally for the good of the world. 

 

4th. The existence of this world is effected by the observance of the 

rules respecting the four classes[5] of men and their four stages of 

life. 

 

5th. We see that seed is thrown into the ground with the hope of future 

crops. 

 

Vatsyayana is therefore of opinion that the ordinances of religion must 

be obeyed. 

 

 

_Objection 3._ 

 

Those who believe that destiny is the prime mover of all things say:--We 

should not exert ourselves to acquire wealth, for sometimes it is not 

acquired although we strive to get it, while at other times it comes to 

us of itself without any exertion on our part. Everything is therefore 

in the power of destiny, who is the lord of gain and loss, of success 

and defeat, of pleasure and pain. Thus we see the Bali[6] was raised to 

the throne of Indra by destiny, and was also put down by the same power, 

and it is destiny only that can re-instate him. 


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