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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

 

CHAPTER V. 

 

OF DIFFERENT KINDS OF GAIN. 

 

 

When a courtesan is able to realize much money every day, by reason of 

many customers, she should not confine herself to a single lover; under 

such circumstances, she should fix her rate for one night, after 

considering the place, the season, and the condition of the people, and 

having regard to her own good qualities and good looks, and after 

comparing her rates with those of other courtesans. She can inform her 

lovers, and friends, and acquaintances about these charges. If, however, 

she can obtain a great gain from a single lover, she may resort to him 

alone, and live with him like a wife. 

 

Now, the Sages are of opinion that when a courtesan has the chance of an 

equal gain from two lovers at the same time, a preference should be 

given to the one who would give her the kind of thing which she wants. 

But Vatsyayana says that the preference should be given to the one who 

gives her gold, because it cannot be taken back like some other things, 

it can be easily received, and is also the means of procuring anything 

that may be wished for. Of such things as gold, silver, copper, bell 

metal, iron, pots, furniture, beds, upper garments, under vestments, 

fragrant substances, vessels made of gourds, ghee, oil, corn, cattle, 

and other things of a like nature, the first, viz., gold, is superior to 

all the others. 

 

When the same labour is required to gain any two lovers, or when the 

same kind of thing is to be got from each of them, the choice should be 

made by the advice of a friend, or it may be made from their personal 

qualities, or from the signs of good or bad fortune that may be 

connected with them. 

 

When there are two lovers, one of whom is attached to the courtesan, and 

the other is simply very generous, the Sages say that the preference 

should be given to the generous lover, but Vatsyayana is of opinion that 

the one who is really attached to the courtesan should be preferred, 

because he can be made to be generous, even as a miser gives money if he 

becomes fond of a woman, but a man who is simply generous cannot be made 

to love with real attachment. But among those who are attached to her, 

if there is one who is poor, and one who is rich, the preference is of 

course to be given to the latter. 

 

When there are two lovers, one of whom is generous, and the other ready 

to do any service for the courtesan, some Sages say that the one who is 

ready to do the service should be preferred, but Vatsyayana is of 


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