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q He may have been driven away by the one woman, and may be living with
q PART III: ABOUT THE
another.
ACQUISITION OF A
WIFE
- Chapter I
Now if the man has left both women of his own accord, he should not be
- Chapter II
resorted to, on account of the fickleness of his mind, and his indifference to the
- Chapter III
excellences of both of them. As regards the man who may have been driven
- Chapter IV
away from both women, if he has been driven away from the last one because
- Chapter V
the woman could get more money from some other man, then he should be
resorted to, for if attached to the first woman he would give her more money,
q PART IV: ABOUT A
through vanity and emulation to spite the other woman. But if he has been
WIFE
driven away by the woman on account of his poverty, or stinginess, he should
- Chapter I
not then be resorted to.
- Chapter II


In the case of the man who may have left the one woman of his own accord,
PART V: ABOUT THE
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and been driven away by the other, if he agrees to return to the former and
WIVES OF OTHER
PEOPLE give her plenty of money beforehand, then he should be resorted to.
- Chapter I
- Chapter II
In the case of the man who may have left the one woman of his own accord,
- Chapter III
and be living with another woman, the former (wishing to take up with him
- Chapter IV
again) should first ascertain if he left her in the first instance in the hope of
- Chapter V
finding some particular excellence in the other woman, and that not having
- Chapter VI
found any such excellence, he was willing to come back to her, and to give her
much money on account of his conduct, and on account of his affection still
q PART VI: ABOUT
existing for her.
COURTESANS
- Introductory Remarks -
Chapter I Or, whether, having discovered many faults in the other woman, he would now
- Chapter II see even more excellences in herself than actually exist, and would be prepared
- Chapter III to give her much money for these qualities.
- Chapter IV
- Chapter V
- Chapter VI
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q PART VII: ON THE
MEANS OF ATTRACTING
OTHERS TO ONE'S SELF
- Chapter I
- Chapter II


CONCLUDING
q

REMARKS


q MODERN KAMA

SUTRA


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q TRANSLATOR'S
NOTES
- Preface
PART VI
- Introduction
CHAPTER V
Of different kinds of Gain
PART I:
q
INTRODUCTORY
- Chapter I
When a courtesan is able to realize much money every day, by reason of many
- Chapter II
customers, she should not confine herself to a single lover; under such
- Chapter III
- Chapter IV circumstances, she should fix her rate for one night, after considering the place,
- Chapter V 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
q PART II: ON SEXUAL
these charges. If, however, she can obtain a great gain from a single lover, she
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- Chapter I may resort to him alone, and live with him like a wife.
- Chapter II
- Chapter III
Now the sages are of opinion that, when a courtesan has the chance of an equal
- Chapter IV
gain from two lovers at the same time, a preference should be given to the one
- Chapter V
who would give her the kind of thing which she wants. But Vatsyayana says
- Chapter VI
that the preference should be given to the one who gives her gold, because it
- Chapter VII
cannot be taken back like some other things, it can be easily received, and is
- Chapter VIII
also the means of procuring anything that may be wished for. Of such things as
- Chapter IX
gold, silver, copper, bell metal, iron, pots, furniture, beds, upper garments,
- Chapter X
under vestments, fragrant substances, vessels made of gourds, ghee, oil, corn,
cattle, and other things of a like nature, the first - gold - is superior to all the
q PART III: ABOUT THE
others.
ACQUISITION OF A
WIFE
- Chapter I When the same labour is required to gain any two lovers, or when the same
- Chapter II
kind of thing is to be got from each of them, the choice should be made by the
- Chapter III
advice of a friend, or it may be made from their personal qualities, or from the
- Chapter IV
signs of good or bad fortune that may be connected with them.
- Chapter V

When there are two lovers, one of whom is attached to the courtesan, and the
PART IV: ABOUT A
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other is simply very generous, the sages say that the preference should be
WIFE
given to the generous lover, but Vatsyayana is of opinion that the one who is
- Chapter I
really attached to the courtesan should be preferred, because he can be made
- Chapter II
to be generous, even as a miser gives money if he becomes fond of a woman,
but a mail who is simply generous cannot be made to love with real
q PART V: ABOUT THE
attachment. But among those who are attached to her, if there is one who is
WIVES OF OTHER
poor, and one who is rich, the preference is of course to be given to the latter.
PEOPLE
- Chapter I
- Chapter II
When there are two lovers, one of whom is generous, and the other ready to do
- Chapter III
any service for the courtesan, some sages say that the one who is ready to do
- Chapter IV
the service should be preferred, but Vatsyayana is of opinion that a man who
- Chapter V
does a service thinks that he has gained his object when he has done
- Chapter VI
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
q PART VI: ABOUT good to be derived from her union with either of them.
COURTESANS
- Introductory Remarks -
Chapter I
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- Chapter II
- Chapter III
- Chapter IV
- Chapter V
- Chapter VI


q PART VII: ON THE
MEANS OF ATTRACTING
OTHERS TO ONE'S SELF
- Chapter I
- Chapter II


CONCLUDING
q

REMARKS


q MODERN KAMA

SUTRA


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q TRANSLATOR'S
NOTES
- Preface
PART VI
- Introduction
CHAPTER VI
Of Gains and Losses, attendant Gains and Losses, and Doubts; and
q PART I:
lastly, the different kinds of Courtesans
INTRODUCTORY
- Chapter I
- Chapter II
It sometimes happens that while gains are being sought for, or expected to be
- Chapter III
- Chapter IV realized, losses only are the result of our efforts. The causes of these losses
- Chapter V are:
q Weakness of intellect

q Excessive love
q PART II: ON SEXUAL
q Excessive pride
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- Chapter I q Excessive self conceit
- Chapter II q Excessive simplicity
- Chapter III q Excessive confidence
- Chapter IV q Excessive anger
- Chapter V q Carelessness
- Chapter VI
q Recklessness
- Chapter VII
q Influence of evil genius
- Chapter VIII
q Accidental circumstances
- Chapter IX
- Chapter X
The results of these losses are:
q Expense incurred without any result
q PART III: ABOUT THE
q Destruction of future good fortune
ACQUISITION OF A
q Stoppage of gains about to be realized
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q Loss of what is already obtained
- Chapter I
q Acquisition of a sour temper
- Chapter II
q Becoming unamiable to every body
- Chapter III
q Injury to health
- Chapter IV
q Loss of hair and other accidents
- Chapter V


q PART IV: ABOUT A Now gain is of three kinds: gain of wealth, gain of religious merit, and gain of
WIFE pleasure; and similarly loss is of three kinds: loss of wealth, loss of religious
- Chapter I
merit, and loss of pleasure. At the time when gains are sought for, if other
- Chapter II
gains come along with them, these are called attendant gains. When gain is
uncertain, the doubt of its being a gain is called a simple doubt. When there is a
q PART V: ABOUT THE doubt whether either of two things will happen or not, it is called a mixed
WIVES OF OTHER
doubt. If while one thing is being done two results take place, it is called a
PEOPLE
combination of two results, and if several results follow from the same action, it
- Chapter I
is called a combination of results on every side.
- Chapter II
- Chapter III
We shall now give examples of the above.
- Chapter IV
- Chapter V
- Chapter VI
As already stated, gain is of three kinds, and loss, which is opposed to gain, is
also of three kinds.
q PART VI: ABOUT
COURTESANS
When by living with a great man a courtesan acquires present wealth, and in
- Introductory Remarks -
addition to this becomes acquainted with other people, and thus obtains a
Chapter I
chance of future fortune, and an accession of wealth, and becomes desirable to
- Chapter II
all, this is called a gain of wealth attended by other gain.
- Chapter III
- Chapter IV
- Chapter V When by living with a man a courtesan simply gets money, this is called a gain
- Chapter VI of wealth not attended by any other gain.

q PART VII: ON THE
MEANS OF ATTRACTING
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OTHERS TO ONE'S SELF
- Chapter I
- Chapter II


CONCLUDING
q

REMARKS


q MODERN KAMA

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q TRANSLATOR'S
NOTES
- Preface
PART VII
- Introduction
CHAPTER I
On Personal Adornment, subjugating the hearts of others, and of tonic
q PART I:
medicines
INTRODUCTORY
- Chapter I
- Chapter II
When a person fails to obtain the object of his desires by any of the ways
- Chapter III
- Chapter IV previously related, he should then have recourse to other ways of attracting
- Chapter V others to himself.

q PART II: ON SEXUAL Now good looks, good qualities, youth, and liberality are the chief and most
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natural means of making a person agreeable in the eyes of others. But in the
- Chapter I
absence of these a man or a woman must have resort to artificial means, or to
- Chapter II
art, and the following are some recipes that may be found useful.
- Chapter III
- Chapter IV
An ointment made of the tabernamontana coronaria, the costus speciosus or
- Chapter V
arabicus, and the flacourtia cataphracta, can be used as an unguent of
- Chapter VI
adornment.
- Chapter VII
- Chapter VIII
- Chapter IX
If a fine powder is made of the above plants, and applied to the wick of a lamp,
- Chapter X
which is made to burn with the oil of blue vitrol, the black pigment or lamp
black produced therefrom, when applied to the eyelashes, has the effect of
q PART III: ABOUT THE making a person look lovely.
ACQUISITION OF A
WIFE
The oil of the hogweed, the echites putescens, the sarina plant, the yellow
- Chapter I
amaranth, and the leaf of the nymphae, if applied to the body, has the same
- Chapter II
effect.
- Chapter III
- Chapter IV
- Chapter V
A black pigment from the same plants produces a similar effect.

q PART IV: ABOUT A
By eating the powder of the nelumbrium speciosum, the blue lotus, and the
WIFE
mesna roxburghii, with ghee and honey, a man becomes lovely in the eyes of
- Chapter I
others.
- Chapter II


The above things, together with the tabernamontana coronaria, and the
PART V: ABOUT THE
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xanthochymus pictorius, if used as an ointment, produce the same results.
WIVES OF OTHER
PEOPLE
- Chapter I
If the bone of a peacock or of a hyena be covered with gold, and tied on the
- Chapter II
right hand, it makes a man lovely in the eyes of other people.
- Chapter III
- Chapter IV
In the same way, if a bead, made of the seed of the jujube, or of the conch
- Chapter V
shell, be enchanted by the incantations mentioned in the Atharvana Veda, or by
- Chapter VI
the incantations of those well skilled in the science of magic, and tied on the
hand, it produces the same result as described above.
q PART VI: ABOUT
COURTESANS
- Introductory Remarks -
When a female attendant arrives at the age of puberty, her master should keep
Chapter I
her secluded, and when men ardently desire her on account of her seclusion,
- Chapter II
and on account of the difficulty of approaching her, he should then bestow her
- Chapter III
hand on such a person as may endow her with wealth and happiness.
- Chapter IV
- Chapter V
This is a means of increasing the loveliness of a person in the eyes of others.
- Chapter VI


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