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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

relations she should not go except on occasions of joy and sorrow, and 

then she should go in her usual travelling dress, accompanied by her 

husband's servants, and not remain there for a long time. The fasts and 

feasts should be observed with the consent of the elders of the house. 

The resources should be increased by making purchases and sales 

according to the practice of the merchants, and by means of honest 

servants, superintended by herself. The income should be increased, and 

the expenditure diminished as much as possible. And when her husband 

returns from his journey, she should receive him at first in her 

ordinary clothes, so that he may know in what way she has lived during 

his absence, and should bring to him some presents, as also materials 

for the worship of the Deity. 

 

Thus ends the part relating to the behaviour of a wife during the 

absence of her husband on a journey. 

 

There are also some verses on the subject as follows. 

 

"The wife, whether she be a woman of noble family, or a virgin widow[53] 

re-married, or a concubine, should lead a chaste life, devoted to her 

husband, and doing every thing for his welfare. Women acting thus, 

acquire Dharma, Artha, and Kama, obtain a high position, and generally 

keep their husbands devoted to them." 

 

FOOTNOTE: 

 

[Footnote 53: This probably refers to a girl married in her infancy, or 

when very young, and whose husband had died before she arrived at the 

age of puberty. Infant marriages are still the common custom of the 

Hindoos.] 

 

CHAPTER II. 

 

ON THE CONDUCT OF THE ELDER WIFE TOWARDS THE OTHER WIVES OF HER HUSBAND, 

AND ON THAT OF A YOUNGER WIFE TOWARDS THE ELDER ONES. ALSO ON THE 

CONDUCT OF A VIRGIN WIDOW RE-MARRIED; OF A WIFE DISLIKED BY HER HUSBAND; 

OF THE WOMEN IN THE KING'S HAREM; AND LASTLY ON THE CONDUCT OF A HUSBAND 

TOWARDS MANY WIVES. 

 

 

The causes of re-marrying during the lifetime of the wife are as 

follows: 

 

(1). The folly or ill temper of the wife. 

 

(2). Her husband's dislike to her. 

 

(3). The want of offspring. 

 

(4). The continual birth of daughters. 

 

(5). The incontinence of the husband. 

 

From the very beginning the wife should endeavour to attract the heart 

of her husband, by showing to him continually her devotion, her good 

temper, and her wisdom. If however she bears him no children, she should 

herself tell her husband to marry another woman. And when the second 

wife is married, and brought to the house, the first wife should give 


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