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Table of contents
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

her manner of conversation, should again converse with her on the 

subject of the man, and should tell her the stories of Ahalya[59] and 

Indra, of Sakoontala[60] and Dushyanti, and such others as may be fitted 

for the occasion. She should also describe to her the strength of the 

man, his talents, his skill in the sixty-four sorts of enjoyments 

mentioned by Babhravya, his good looks, and his liaison with some 

praiseworthy woman, no matter whether this last ever took place or not. 

 

In addition to this, the go-between should carefully note the behaviour 

of the woman, which if favourable would be as follows: She would address 

her with a smiling look, would seat herself close beside her, and ask 

her, "Where have you been? What have you been doing? Where did you dine? 

Where did you sleep? Where have you been sitting?" Moreover the woman 

would meet the go-between in lonely places and tell her stories there, 

would yawn contemplatively, draw long sighs, give her presents, remember 

her on occasions of festivals, dismiss her with a wish to see her again, 

and say to her jestingly, "Oh, well-speaking woman, why do you speak 

these bad words to me?" would discourse on the sin of her union with the 

man, would not tell her about any previous visits or conversations that 

she may have had with him, but wish to be asked about these, and lastly 

would laugh at the man's desire, but would not reproach him in any way. 

 

Thus ends the behaviour of the woman with the go-between. 

 

When the woman manifests her love in the manner above described, the 

go-between should increase it by bringing to her love tokens from the 

man. But if the woman be not acquainted with the man personally, the 

go-between should win her over by extolling and praising his good 

qualities, and by telling stories about his love for her. Here Auddalaka 

says that when a man or woman are not personally acquainted with each 

other, and have not shown each other any signs of affection, the 

employment of a go-between is useless. 

 

The followers of Babhravya on the other hand affirm that even though 

they be personally unacquainted, but have shown each other signs of 

affection there is an occasion for the employment of a go-between. 

Gonikaputra asserts that a go-between should be employed, provided they 

are acquainted with each other, even though no signs of affection may 

have passed between them. Vatsyayana however lays it down that even 

though they may not be personally acquainted with each other, and may 


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