Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Vatsyayana Kama Sutra,' or Aphorisms on Love, by Vatsyayana (eBook)

 The Kama Sutra of Vatsyayana by Vatsyayana

THE


KAMA SUTRA


OF


VATSYAYANA.


TRANSLATED FROM THE SANSCRIT.


In Seven Parts,


WITH


PREFACE, INTRODUCTION,


AND


CONCLUDING REMARKS.


  Reprint:


Cosmopoli: MDCCCLXXXIII: for the Kama Shastra Society of
London and Benares, and for private circulation only.

DEDICATED
TO THAT SMALL PORTION OF THE BRITISH PUBLIC
WHICH TAKES ENLIGHTENED INTEREST IN
STUDYING THE MANNERS AND CUSTOMS
OF THE OLDEN EAST.

 

 

PREFACE.


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 bear 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 Vatsya had

passed away, but who still considered him as a 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:—

  1. The Ratirahasya, or secrets of love.
  2. The Panchasakya, or the five arrows.
  3. The Smara Pradipa, or the light of love.
  4. The Ratimanjari, or the garland of love.
  5. The Rasmanjari, or the sprout of love.
  6. The Anunga Runga, or the stage of love; also called Kamaledhiplava, or a boat in the ocean of love.
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