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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

impetuosity, while weakness, tenderness, sensibility, and an inclination 

to turn away from unpleasant things are the distinguishing marks of 

womanhood. The excitement of passion, and peculiarities of habit may 

sometimes cause contrary results to appear, but these do not last long, 

and in the end the natural state is resumed." 

 

The wedge on the bosom, the scissors on the head, the piercing 

instrument on the cheeks, and the pinchers on the breasts and sides, may 

also be taken into consideration with the other four modes of striking, 

and thus give eight ways altogether. But these four ways of striking 

with instruments are peculiar to the people of the southern countries, 

and the marks caused by them are seen on the breasts of their women. 

They are local peculiarities, but Vatsyayana is of opinion that the 

practice of them is painful, barbarous, and base, and quite unworthy of 

imitation. 

 

In the same way anything that is a local peculiarity should not always 

be adopted elsewhere, and even in the place where the practice is 

prevalent, excess of it should always be avoided. Instances of the 

dangerous use of them may be given as follows. The King of the Panchalas 

killed the courtezan Madhavasena by means of the wedge during congress. 

King Shatakarni Shatavahana of the Kuntalas deprived his great Queen 

Malayavati of her life by a pair of scissors, and Naradeva, whose hand 

was deformed, blinded a dancing girl by directing a piercing instrument 

in a wrong way. 

 

There are also two verses on the subject as follows: 

 

"About these things there cannot be either enumeration or any definite 

rule. Congress having once commenced, passion alone gives birth to all 

the acts of the parties." 

 

Such passionate actions and amorous gesticulations or movements, which 

arise on the spur of the moment, and during sexual intercourse, cannot 

be defined, and are as irregular as dreams. A horse having once attained 

the fifth degree of motion goes on with blind speed, regardless of pits, 

ditches, and posts in his way; and in the same manner a loving pair 

become blind with passion in the heat of congress, and go on with great 

impetuosity, paying not the least regard to excess. For this reason one 

who is well acquainted with the science of love, and knowing his own 

strength, as also the tenderness, impetuosity, and strength of the young 

woman, should act accordingly. The various modes of enjoyment are not 

for all times or for all persons, but they should only be used at the 


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