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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

and is uncertain whether she will derive any pleasure from a person 

surrounded by his family, or from a low person, this is called a doubt 

about pleasure. 

 

(d). When a courtesan is uncertain whether some powerful but low 

principled fellow would cause loss to her on account of her not being 

civil to him, this is called a doubt about the loss of wealth. 

 

(e). When a courtesan feels doubtful whether she would lose religious 

merit by abandoning a man who is attached to her without giving him the 

slightest favour, and thereby causing him unhappiness in this world and 

the next,[76] this doubt is called a doubt about the loss of a religious 

merit. 

 

(f). When a courtesan is uncertain as to whether she might create 

disaffection by speaking out, and revealing her love and thus not get 

her desire satisfied, this is called a doubt about the loss of pleasure. 

 

Thus end the remarks on doubts. 

 

 

_Mixed Doubts_. 

 

(a). The intercourse or connection with a stranger, whose disposition is 

unknown, and who may have been introduced by a lover, or by one who 

possessed authority, may be productive either of gain or loss, and 

therefore this is called a mixed doubt about the gain and loss of 

wealth. 

 

(b). When a courtesan is requested by a friend, or is impelled by pity 

to have intercourse with a learned Brahman, a religious student, a 

sacrificer, a devotee, or an ascetic who may have all fallen in love 

with her, and who may be consequently at the point of death, by doing 

this she might either gain or lose religious merit, and therefore this 

is called a mixed doubt about the gain and loss of religious merit. 

 

(c). If a courtesan relies solely upon the report of other people (_i.e._, 

hearsay) about a man, and goes to him without ascertaining herself 

whether he possesses good qualities or not, she may either gain or lose 

pleasure in proportion as he may be good or bad, and therefore this is 

called a mixed doubt about the gain and loss of pleasure. 

 

Uddalika has described the gains and losses on both sides as follows. 

 

(a). If, when living with a lover, a courtesan gets both wealth and 

pleasure from him, it is called a gain on both sides. 

 

(b). When a courtesan lives with a lover at her own expense without 

getting any profit out of it, and the lover even takes back from her 

what he may have formerly given her, it is called a loss on both sides. 

 

(c). When a courtesan is uncertain whether a new acquaintance would 


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