The Kama Sutra of Vatsyayana

The Kama Sutra of Vatsyayana : The Classic Burton Translation

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Kama means desire, love, and lust; sutra means teachings and "verses." The Kama Sutra, then, is the book of love, teaching the best methods of cultivating sensual pleasure, sexual desire, and loving union. A classic of world literature for 1,700 years, this is the most explicit and fascinating book ever written for lovers. This immortal work also serves as a window into Indian culture and mysticism. Its unique approach --combining meditations on politics and social customs with counsel on love and intimacy -- features frank, direct advice on bodily pleasures, from aphrodisiacs and kissing to orgasm-delaying techniques. This edition is the renowned translation by the great 19th-century explorer and writer Richard Burton. Its crisp style sets a new standard for Sanskrit translation, and its unblushing faithfulness to the original text sparked controversy in certain corners of the Victorian world. A wellspring of erotic knowledge, it remains an inspiration to readers of every era.show more

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  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 132.08 x 208.28 x 12.7mm | 181.44g
  • Dover Publications Inc.
  • New York, United States
  • English
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  • 0486452379
  • 9780486452371
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Table of contents

Preface Introduction   Part I. The Vatsyayana Sutra Introductory Preface: Salutation to Dharma, Artha, and Kama Chapter II: On the Acquisition of Dharma, Artha, and Kama Chapter III: On the Arts and Sciences to Be Studied Chapter IV: The Life of a Citizen Chapter V: About the Kinds of Women Resorted to by the Citizens, and of Friends and Messengers   Part II. Of Sexual Union Chapter I: Kinds of Sexual Union According to (a) Dimensions, (b) Force of Desire or Passion, (c) Time Chapter II: Of the Embrace Chapter III: On Kissing Chapter IV: Of Pressing, or Marking, or Scratching with the Nails Chapter V: On Biting, and the Means to Be Employed with Regard to Women of Different Countries Chapter VI: Of the Different Ways of Lying Down, and Various Kinds of Congress Chapter VII: Of the Various Modes of Striking, and of the Sounds Appropriate to Them Chapter VIII: About Women Acting the Part of a Man; and of the Work of a Man Chapter IX: Of the Auparishtaka or Mouth Congress Chapter X: Of the Way How to Begin and How to End Congress. Different Kinds of Congress and Love Quarrels   Part III About the Acquisition of a Wife Chapter I: On Marriage Chapter II: Of Creating Confidence in the Girl Chapter III: On Courtship, and the Manifestation of the Feelings by Outward Signs and Deeds Chapter IV: About 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 Chapter V: On Certain Forms of Marriage   Part IV. About a Wife Chapter I: On the Manner of Living of a Virtuous Woman, and of Her Behaviour During the Absence of Her Husband Chapter II: On the Conduct of the Elder Wife Towards the Other Wives of Her Husband, and on That of a Younger Wife Towards the Elder Ones. Also on the Conduct of a Virgin Widow Remarried; of a Wife Disliked by Her Husband; of the Women in the King's Harem; and Lastly on the Conduct of a Husband Towards Many Wives   Part V. About the Wives of Other Men Chapter I: Of the Characteristics of Men and Women--The Reasons Why Women Reject the Addresses of Men--About Men Who Have Success with Women, and About Women Who Are Easily Gained Over Chapter II: About Making Acquaintance with the Woman, and of the Efforts to Gain Her Over Chapter III: Examination of the State of a Woman's Mind Chapter IV: About the Business of a Go-between Chapter V: About the Love of Persons in Authority for the Wives of Other Men Chapter VI: About the Women of the Royal Harem; and of the Keeping of One's Own Wife   Part VI. About Courtezans Introductory Remarks Chapter I: Of the Causes of a Courtezan Resorting to Men; of the Means of Attaching to Herself the Man Desired; and of the Kind of Man That Is Desirable to Be Acquainted With Chapter II: Of Living Like a Wife Chapter III: Of the Means of Getting Money; of the Signs of the Change of a Lover's Feelings, and of the Way to Get Rid of Him Chapter IV: About Re-union with a Former Lover Chapter V: Of Different Kinds of Gain Chapter VI: Of Gains and Losses; Attendant Gains and Losses; and Doubts; as Also of the Different Kinds of Courtezans   Part VII. About the Means of Attracting Others to Yourself Chapter I: On Personal Adornment; on Subjugating the Hearts of Others; and on Tonic Medicines Chapter II: Of the Ways of Exciting Desire, and Miscellaneous Experiments, and Recipes Concluding Remarksshow more