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contrary the practice of Kama with women of the higher castes, and with
those previously enjoyed by others, even though they be of the same
caste, is prohibited. But the practice of Kama with women of the lower
castes, with women excommunicated from their own caste, with public
women, and with women twice married, is neither enjoined nor
prohibited. The object of practising Kama with such women is pleasure
Nayikas, therefore, are of three kinds, viz., maids, women twice
married, and public women. Gonikaputra has expressed an opinion that
there is a fourth kind of Nayika, viz., a woman who is resorted to on
some special occasion even though she be previously married to another.
These special occasions are when a man thinks thus:--
(_a_). This woman is self-willed, and has been previously enjoyed
by many others besides myself. I may, therefore, safely
resort to her as to a public woman though she belongs to a
higher caste than mine, and in so doing I shall not be
violating the ordinances of
(_b_). This is a twice-married woman and has been enjoyed by others
before me, there is, therefore, no objection to my
resorting to her.
(_c_). This woman has gained the heart of her great and powerful
husband, and exercises a mastery over him, who is a friend
of my enemy; if, therefore, she becomes united with me,
she will cause her husband to abandon my enemy.
(_d_). This woman will turn the mind of her husband, who is very
powerful, in my favour, he being at present disaffected
towards me, and intent on doing me some harm.
(_e_). By making this woman my friend I shall gain the object of
some friend of mine, or shall be able to effect the ruin
of some enemy, or shall accomplish some other difficult
(_f_). By being united with this woman, I shall kill her husband,
and so obtain his vast riches which I covet.
(_g_). The union of this woman with me is not attended with any
danger, and will bring me wealth, of which, on account of
my poverty and inability to support myself, I am very much
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