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- Chapter VIII
Now in order to bring about a marriage with such a girl as described above,
- Chapter IX
thee parents and relations of the man should exert themselves, as also such
- Chapter X
friends on both sides as may be desired to assist in the matter. These friends
should bring to the notice of the girl's parents, the faults, both present and
q PART III: ABOUT THE
future, of all the other men that may wish to marry her, and should at the same
ACQUISITION OF A
time extol even to exaggeration all the excellencies, ancestral, and paternal, of
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their friend, so as to endear him to them, and particularly to those that may be
- Chapter I
liked by the girl's mother. One of the friends should also disguise himself as an
- Chapter II
astrologer, and declare the future good fortune and wealth of his friend by
- Chapter III
showing the existence of all the lucky omens (1) and signs, (2) the good
- Chapter IV
- Chapter V influence of planets, the auspicious entrance of the sun into a sign of the
Zodiac, propitious stars and fortunate marks on his body. Others again should
rouse the jealousy of the girl's mother by telling her that their friend has a
q PART IV: ABOUT A
chance of getting from some other quarter even a better girl than hers.
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- Chapter I
- Chapter II


q PART V: ABOUT THE
WIVES OF OTHER
PEOPLE
- Chapter I
- Chapter II
- Chapter III
- Chapter IV
- Chapter V
- Chapter VI


q PART VI: ABOUT
COURTESANS
- Introductory Remarks -
Chapter I
- 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 III
- Introduction
CHAPTER II
Of creating confidence in the girl
q PART I:
INTRODUCTORY
- Chapter I
For the first three days after marriage, the girl and her husband should sleep
- Chapter II
on the floor, abstain from sexual pleasures, and eat their food without
- Chapter III
- Chapter IV seasoning it either with alkali or salt. For the next seven days they should bathe
- Chapter V amidst tire sounds of auspicious musical instruments, should decorate
themselves, dine together, and pay attention to their relations as well as to
those who may have come to witness their marriage. This is applicable to
q PART II: ON SEXUAL
persons of all castes. On the night of the tenth day the man should begin in a
UNION
- Chapter I lonely place with soft words, and thus create confidence in the girl. Some
- Chapter II authors say that for the purpose of winning her over he should not speak to her
- Chapter III for three days, but the followers of Babhravya are of opinion that if the man
- Chapter IV does not speak with her for three days, the girl may be discouraged by seeing
- Chapter V him spiritless like a pillar, and, becoming dejected, she may begin to despise
- Chapter VI
him as a eunuch.
- Chapter VII
- Chapter VIII
Vatsyayana says that the man should begin to win her over, and to create
- Chapter IX
confidence in her, but should abstain at first from sexual pleasures. Women,
- Chapter X
being of a tender nature, want tender beginnings, and when they are forcibly
approached by men with whom they are but slightly acquainted, they
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sometimes suddenly become haters of sexual connection, and sometimes even
ACQUISITION OF A
haters of the male sex. The man should therefore approach the girl according to
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her liking, and should make use of those devices by which he may be able to
- Chapter I
establish himself more and more into her confidence. These devices are as
- Chapter II
follows:
- Chapter III
He should embrace her first of all in a way she likes most, because it does not
- Chapter IV
last for a long time.
- Chapter V


q PART IV: ABOUT A He should embrace her with the upper part of his body because that is easier
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- Chapter I
he may embrace her by the light of a lamp, but if he is not well acquainted with
- Chapter II
her, or if she is a young girl, he should then embrace her in darkness.

q PART V: ABOUT THE
When the girl accepts the embrace, the man should put a tambula or screw of
WIVES OF OTHER
betel nut and betel leaves in her mouth, and if she will not take it, he should
PEOPLE
induce her to do so by conciliatory words, entreaties, oaths, and kneeling at her
- Chapter I
feet, for it is a universal rule that however bashful or angry a woman may be
- Chapter II
she never disregards a man's kneeling at her feet. At the time of giving this
- Chapter III
tambula he should kiss her mouth softly and gracefully without making any
- Chapter IV
- Chapter V sound.
- Chapter VI

When she is gained over in this respect he should then make her talk, and so
PART VI: ABOUT that she may be induced to talk he should ask her questions about things of
q
COURTESANS
which he knows or pretends to know nothing, and which can be answered in a
- Introductory Remarks -
few words. If she does not speak to him, he should not frighten her, but should
Chapter I
ask her the same thing again and again in a conciliatory manner. If she does
- Chapter II
not then speak he should urge her to give a reply because, as Ghotakamukha
- Chapter III
says, `all girls hear everything said to them by men, but do not themselves
- Chapter IV
sometimes say a single word'.
- Chapter V
- Chapter VI

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MEANS OF ATTRACTING
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 III
- Introduction
CHAPTER III
On courtship, and the manifestation of the feelings by outward signs
q PART I:
and deeds
INTRODUCTORY
- Chapter I
- Chapter II
A poor man possessed of good qualities, a man born of a low family possessed
- Chapter III
- Chapter IV of mediocre qualities, a neighbour possessed of wealth, and one under the
- Chapter V control of his father, mother or brothers, should not marry without
endeavouring to gain over the girl from her childhood to love and esteem him.
Thus a boy separated from his parents, and living in the house of his uncle,
q PART II: ON SEXUAL
should try to gain over the daughter of his uncle, or some other girl, even
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- Chapter I though she be previously betrothed to another. And this way of gaining over a
- Chapter II girl, says Ghotakamukha, is unexceptional, because Dharma can be
- Chapter III accomplished by means of it as well as by any other way of marriage.
- Chapter IV
- Chapter V
When a boy has thus begun to woo the girl he loves, he should spend his time
- Chapter VI
with her and amuse her with various games and diversions fitted for their age
- Chapter VII
and acquaintanceship, such as picking and collecting flowers, making garlands
- Chapter VIII
of flowers, playing the parts of members of a fictitious family, cooking food,
- Chapter IX
playing with dice, playing with cards, the game of odd and even, the game of
- Chapter X
finding out the middle finger, the game of six pebbles, and such other games as
may be prevalent in the country, and agreeable to the disposition of the girl. In
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addition to this, he should carry on various amusing games played by several
ACQUISITION OF A
persons together, such as hide and seek, playing with seeds, hiding things in
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several small heaps of wheat and looking for them, blindman's buff, gymnastic
- Chapter I
exercises, and other games of the same sort, in company with the girl, her
- Chapter II
friends and female attendants. The man should also show great kindness to any
- Chapter III
woman whom the girl thinks fit to be trusted, and should also make new
- Chapter IV
acquaintances, but above all he should attach to himself by kindness and little
- Chapter V
services the daughter of the girl's nurse, for if she be gained over, even though
she comes to know of his design, she does not cause any obstruction, but is
q PART IV: ABOUT A
sometimes even able to effect a union between him and the girl. And though
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- Chapter I she knows the true character of the man, she always talks of his many
- Chapter II excellent qualities to the parents and relations of the girl, even though she may
not be desired to do so by him.
q PART V: ABOUT THE
WIVES OF OTHER
In this way the man should do whatever the girl takes most delight in, and he
PEOPLE
should get for her whatever she may have a desire to possess. Thus he should
- Chapter I
procure for her such playthings as may be hardly known to other girls. He may
- Chapter II
also show her a ball dyed with various colours, and other curiosities of the same
- Chapter III
sort; and should give her dolls made of cloth, wood, buffalo-horn, wax, flour, or
- Chapter IV
earth; also utensils for cooking food, and figures in wood, such as a man and
- Chapter V
woman standing, a pair of rams, or goats, or sheep; also temples made of
- Chapter VI
earth, bamboo, or wood, dedicated to various goddesses; and cages for
parrots, cuckoos, starlings, quails, cocks, and partridges; water-vessels of
q PART VI: ABOUT
different sorts and of elegant forms, machines for throwing water about,
COURTESANS
guitars, stands for putting images upon, stools, lac, red arsenic, yellow
- Introductory Remarks -
ointment, vermilion and collyrium, as well as sandalwood, saffron, betel nut and
Chapter I
betel leaves. Such things should be given at different times whenever he gets a
- Chapter II
good opportunity of meeting her, and some of them should be given in private,
- Chapter III
and some in public, according to circumstances. In short, he should try in every
- Chapter IV
way to make her look upon him as one who would do for her everything that
- Chapter V
she wanted to be done.
- Chapter VI


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q TRANSLATOR'S
NOTES
- Preface
PART III
- Introduction
CHAPTER IV
About things to be done only by the man, and the acquisition of the girl
q PART I:
thereby. Also what is to be done by a girl to gain over a man, and
INTRODUCTORY
subject him to her
- Chapter I
- Chapter II
- Chapter III
- Chapter IV Now when the girl begins to show her love by outward signs and motions, as
- Chapter V described in the last chapter, the lover should try to gain her over entirely by
various ways and means, such as the following:
q PART II: ON SEXUAL
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When engaged with her in any game or sport he should intentionally hold her
- Chapter I
hand. He should practise upon her the various kinds of embraces, such as the
- Chapter II
touching embrace, and others already described in a preceding chapter (Part II,
- Chapter III
Chapter II). He should show her a pair of human beings cut out of the leaf of a
- Chapter IV
tree, and such like things, at intervals. When engaged in water sports, he
- Chapter V
should dive at a distance from her, and come tip close to her. He should show
- Chapter VI
an increased liking for the new foliage of trees and such like things. He should
- Chapter VII
describe to her the pangs he suffers on her account. He should relate to her the
- Chapter VIII
beautiful dream that he has had with reference to other women. At parties and
- Chapter IX
assemblies of his caste he should sit near her, and touch her under some
- Chapter X
pretence or other, and having placed his foot upon hers, he should slowly touch
each of her toes, and press the ends of the nails; if successful in this, he should
q PART III: ABOUT THE
get hold of her foot with his hand and repeat the same thing. He should also
ACQUISITION OF A
press a finger of her hand between his toes when she happens to be washing
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his feet; and whenever he gives anything to her or takes anything from her, he
- Chapter I
should show her by his manner and look how much he loves her.
- Chapter II
- Chapter III
- Chapter IV
He should sprinkle upon her the water brought for rinsing his mouth; and when
- Chapter V
alone with her in a lonely place, or in darkness, he should make love to her,
and tell her the true state of his mind without distressing her in any way.
q PART IV: ABOUT A
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Whenever he sits with her on the same seat or bed he should say to her, `I
- Chapter I
have something to tell you in private', and then, when she comes to hear it in a
- Chapter II
quiet place, he should express his love to her more by manner and signs than
by words. When he comes to know the state of her feelings towards him he
q PART V: ABOUT THE
should pretend to be ill, and should make her come to his house to speak to
WIVES OF OTHER
him. There he should intentionally hold her hand and place it on his eyes and
PEOPLE
forehead, and under the pretence of preparing some medicine for him he should
- Chapter I
ask her to do the work for his sake in the following words: `This work must be
- Chapter II
done by you, and by nobody else.' When she wants to go away he should let
- Chapter III
her go, with an earnest request to come and see him again. This device of
- Chapter IV
- Chapter V illness should be continued for three days and three nights. After this, when she
- Chapter VI begins coming to see him frequently, he should carry on long conversations
with her, for, says Ghotakamukha, `though a man loves a girl ever so much, he
never succeeds in winning her without a great deal of talking'.
q PART VI: ABOUT
COURTESANS
- Introductory Remarks -
Chapter I
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- Chapter III
- Chapter IV

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