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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

 

 

_Answer._ 

 

It is not right to say so. As the acquisition of every object 

pre-supposes at all events some exertion on the part of man, the 

application of proper means may be said to be the cause of gaining all 

our ends, and this application of proper means being thus necessary 

(even where a thing is destined to happen), it follows that a person who 

does nothing will enjoy no happiness. 

 

 

_Objection 4._ 

 

Those who are inclined to think that Artha is the chief object to be 

obtained argue thus. Pleasures should not be sought for, because they 

are obstacles to the practice of Dharma and Artha, which are both 

superior to them, and are also disliked by meritorious persons. 

Pleasures also bring a man into distress, and into contact with low 

persons; they cause him to commit unrighteous deeds, and produce 

impurity in him; they make him regardless of the future, and encourage 

carelessness and levity. And lastly, they cause him to be disbelieved by 

all, received by none, and despised by everybody, including himself. It 

is notorious, moreover, that many men who have given themselves up to 

pleasure alone, have been ruined along with their families and 

relations. Thus, King Dandakya,[7] of the Bhoja dynasty, carried off a 

Brahman's daughter with evil intent, and was eventually ruined and lost 

his kingdom. Indra, too, having violated the chastity of Ahalya,[8] was 

made to suffer for it. In a like manner the mighty Kichaka,[9] who tried 

to seduce Draupadi, and Ravana,[10] who attempted to gain over Sita, were 

punished for their crimes. These and many others fell by reason of their 

pleasures. 

 

 

_Answer._ 

 

This objection cannot be sustained, for pleasures, being as necessary 

for the existence and well being of the body as food, are consequently 

equally required. They are, moreover, the results of Dharma and Artha. 

Pleasures are, therefore, to be followed with moderation and caution. No 

one refrains from cooking food because there are beggars to ask for it, 

or from sowing seed because there are deer to destroy the corn when it 

is grown up. 

 

Thus a man practising Dharma, Artha and Kama enjoys happiness both in 

this world and in the world to come. The good perform those actions in 

which there is no fear as to what is to result from them in the next 

world, and in which there is no danger to their welfare. Any action 

which conduces to the practice of Dharma, Artha and Kama together, or of 

any two, or even one of them, should be performed, but an action which 


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