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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

after she has come of age, is an eighth kind of Nayika. 

 

But these four latter kinds of Nayikas do not differ much from the first 

four kinds of them, as there is no separate object in resorting to 

them. Therefore Vatsyayana is of opinion that there are only four kinds 

of Nayikas, _i.e._, the maid, the twice married woman, the public woman, 

and the woman resorted to for a special purpose. 

 

The following women are not to be enjoyed:-- 

 

A leper. 

 

A lunatic. 

 

A woman turned out of caste. 

 

A woman who reveals secrets. 

 

A woman who publicly expresses desire for sexual intercourse. 

 

A woman who is extremely white. 

 

A woman who is extremely black. 

 

A bad-smelling woman. 

 

A woman who is a near relation. 

 

A woman who is a female friend. 

 

A woman who leads the life of an ascetic. 

 

And, lastly, the wife of a relation, of a friend, of a learned Brahman, 

and of the king. 

 

The followers of Babhravya say that any woman who has been enjoyed by 

five men is a fit and proper person to be enjoyed. But Gonikaputra is of 

opinion that even when this is the case, the wives of a relation, of a 

learned Brahman and of a king should be excepted. 

 

The following are the kind of friends:-- 

 

One who has played with you in the dust, _i.e._, in childhood. 

 

One who is bound by an obligation. 

 

One who is of the same disposition and fond of the same things. 

 

One who is a fellow student. 

 

One who is acquainted with your secrets and faults, and whose faults and 

secrets are also known to you. 

 

One who is a child of your nurse. 

 

One who is brought up with you. 

 

One who is an hereditary friend. 

 

These friends should possess the following qualities:-- 

 

They should tell the truth. 

 

They should not be changed by time. 

 

They should be favourable to your designs. 

 

They should be firm. 

 

They should be free from covetousness. 

 

They should not be capable of being gained over by others. 

 

They should not reveal your secrets. 

 

Charayana says that citizens form friendship with washermen, barbers, 

cowherds, florists, druggists, betel-leaf sellers, tavern keepers, 

beggars, Pithamardas, Vitas and Vidushekas, as also with the wives of 

all these people. 

 

A messenger should possess the following qualities:-- 

 

Skilfulness. 

 

Boldness. 

 

Knowledge of the intention of men by their outward signs. 

 

Absence of confusion, _i.e._, no shyness. 

 

Knowledge of the exact meaning of what others do or say. 

 

Good manners. 

 

Knowledge of appropriate times and places for doing different things. 


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