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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

opinion that a man who does a service thinks that he has gained his 

object when he has done something once, but a generous man does not care 

for what he has given before. Even here the choice should be guided by 

the likelihood of the future good to be derived from her union with 

either of them. 

 

When one of the two lovers is grateful, and the other liberal, some 

Sages say that the liberal one should be preferred, but Vatsyayana is of 

opinion that the former should be chosen, because liberal men are 

generally haughty, plain spoken, and wanting in consideration towards 

others. Even though these liberal men have been on friendly terms for a 

long time, yet if they see any fault in the courtesan, or are told lies 

about her by some other women, they do not care for past services, but 

leave abruptly. On the other hand the grateful man does not at once 

break off from her, on account of a regard for the pains she may have 

taken to please him. In this case also the choice is to be guided with 

respect to what may happen in future. 

 

When an occasion for complying with the request of a friend, and a 

chance of getting money come together, the Sages say that the chance of 

getting money should be preferred. But Vatsyayana thinks that the money 

can be obtained to-morrow as well as to-day, but if the request of a 

friend be not at once complied with, he may become disaffected. Even 

here, in making the choice, regard must be paid to future good fortune. 

 

On such an occasion, however, the courtesan might pacify her friend by 

pretending to have some work to do, and telling him that his request 

will be complied with next day, and in this way secure the chance of 

getting the money that has been offered her. 

 

When the chance of getting money, and the chance of avoiding some 

disaster come at the same time, the Sages are of opinion that the chance 

of getting money should be preferred, but Vatsyayana says that money has 

only a limited importance, while a disaster that is once averted may 

never occur again. Here, however, the choice should be guided by the 

greatness or smallness of the disaster. 

 

The gains of the wealthiest and best kind of courtesans are to be spent 

as follows: 

 

Building temples, tanks, and gardens; giving a thousand cows to 

different Brahmans; carrying on the worship of the Gods, and celebrating 

festivals in their honour; and, lastly, performing such vows as may be 

within their means. 

 

The gains of other courtesans are to be spent as follows: 


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