The Kama Sutra of Vatsayayana
Sir Richard Burton, translator (1883)
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Part I: Introductory
Observations on the Three Worldly Attainments of Virtue, Wealth, and Love
On the Study of the Sixty-Four Arts
On the Arrangements of a House, and Household Furniture; and About the Daily Life of a Citizen, His Companions, Amusements, Etc.
About Classes of Women Fit and Unfit for Congress with the Citizen, and of Friends, and Messengers
Part II: On Sexual Union
Kinds of Union According to Dimensions, Force of Desire, and Time; and on the Different Kinds of Love
Of the Embrace
On Pressing or Marking with the Nails
On Biting, and the Ways of Love to be Employed with Regard to Women of Different Countries
On the Various Ways of Lying Down, and the Different Kinds of Congress
On the Various Ways of Striking, and of The Sounds Appropriate to Them
About Females Acting the Part of Males
On Holding the Lingam in the Mouth
How to Begin and How to End the Congress. Different Kinds of Congress, and Love Quarrels
Part III: About the Acquisition of a Wife
Observations on Betrothal and Marriage
Chaper II. About Creating Confidence In the Girl
Courtship, and the Manifestation of the Feelings by Outward Signs and Deeds
On Things to be Done Only by the Man, and the Acquisition of the Girl Thereby. Also What is to be Done by a Girl to Gain Over a Man and Subject Him to Her
On the Different Forms of Marriage
Part IV: About a Wife
On the Manner of Living of a Virtuous Woman, and of Her Behaviour During the Absence of Her Husband
On the Conduct of the Eldest Wife Towards the Other Wives of her Husband, and of the Younger Wife Towards the Elder Ones...
Part V: About the Wives of Other People
On the Characteristics of Men And Women...
About Making Acquaintance with the Woman, and of the Efforts to Gain Her Over
Examination of the State of a Woman's Mind
The Business of a Go-Between
On the Love of Persons in Authority with the Wives of Other People
About the Women of the Royal Harem, and of the Keeping of One's Own Wife
Part VI: About Courtesans
Of the Causes of a Courtesan Resorting to Men...
Of a Courtesan Living With a Man as His Wife
Of the Means of getting Money...
About a Reunion with a Former Lover
Of Different Kinds of Gain
Of Gains and Losses, Attendant Gains and Losses, and Doubts; and Lastly, the Different Kinds of Courtesans
Part VII: On The Means of Attracting Others to One's Self
On Personal Adornment, Subjugating the Hearts of Others, and of Tonic Medicines
Of The Means of Exciting Desire, and of the Ways of Enlarging the Lingam. Miscellaneous Experiments and Receipts
IN the literature of all countries there will be found a certain number of works treating especially of love. Everywhere the subject is dealt with differently, and from various points of view. In the present publication it is proposed to give a complete translation of what is considered the standard work on love in Sanscrit literature, and which is called the 'Vatsyayana Kama Sutra', or Aphorisms on Love, by Vatsyayana.
While the introduction will deal with the evidence concerning the date of the writing, and the commentaries written upon it, the chapters following the introduction will give a translation of the work itself. It is, however, advisable to furnish here a brief analysis of works of the same nature, prepared by authors who lived and wrote years after Vatsyayana had passed away, but who still considered him as the great authority, and always quoted him as the chief guide to Hindoo erotic literature.
Besides the treatise of Vatsyayana the following works on the same subject are procurable in India:
The Ratirahasya, or secrets of love
The Panchasakya, or the five arrows