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“The Kamasutra is one of the most famous books around. Everyone has heard of the famous book, but how many have actually read it? Well, if you are interested in reading the Kamasutra, then this is the translation you should pick!
This book at least claims to be the first complete edition of the Kamasutra, and certainly it does seem to have everything. Each section of the book begins with the words in the original Sanskrit, which is followed up by an English-language translation. The book is easy to understand, with none of the sections coming across as obscure or enigmatic. The book also contains fifty quite excellent full-page, pen-and-ink illustrations. These are done in a realistic manner, with the people or place shown depicted realistically for the period.
I really enjoyed this book. The sexual information was quite interesting; it's what made the book famous. But, I also was fascinated by the advice for wives in polygamous relationships. Personally, I think that just about anyone would be fascinated by this book, which has so much to say about sexuality, and about Indian culture in that era.”
“One of the first things I noticed about this edition was the inclusion of the original Sanskrit text. The second thing I noticed was that the illustrations matched the clothing and jewelry of the era that the Kamasutra was written. These two details made reading the main text a lot more enjoyable and enriching for me (even though I can't read the original Sanskrit, it makes me feel more "connected" to the original writing from ancient Indian culture, especially since I've always had an interest in ancient civilizations).
With this clear introduction in place, the reader is then invited to peruse the rest of the book, which covers subjects such as sexual intercourse (ten chapters with seventeen sections--lots of juicy/useful details about ways of biting, unusual sex acts, beginning and conclusion of intercourse, etc.), conduct of a wife, courtesans (a very lovely and exotic section, for me!), and advanced methods (this one covers how to achieve luck in love, etc--albeit set in "the ancient world," still very educational and illuminating).
This book is also published by YogaVidya.com, which is "dedicated to publishing quality books about Yoga." I like that the company is completely independent of any commercial, governmental, educational or religious institutions, as I trust that this means the product/book is more like to be presented as what it is "in essence" (i.e., uninfluenced by personal and/or some other kind of moral or political agenda).
I am glad to say this was my experience with this textual edition and presentation of The Kamasutra. I'd recommend it to anyone who was interested in what the original text really is all about. The easy reading and nice accompanying illustrations help ensure this ancient (and practical) guide continues to be available to the masses in its original non-gimmicky state, so that we too can continue to explore the psychology and practice of pleasure through sexual behavior.”
“The Kamasutra enjoys a prominent place in the pantheon of pleasure. Too often bowdlerized or bastardized, it has been difficult for English speakers to comprehend the work in all its complexity. This new translation is at once accessible and comprehensive, and should serve as the definitive English version.”
Table of ContentsIntroduction
Part One: General Matters
One: Summary of the Guide
Two: The Three Aims of Life
Three: Exposition of the Skills
Four: Lifestyle of the Elegant Man
Five: The Lover and His Companions
Part Two: Sexual Intercourse
One: Sexual Unions
- Sexual Intercourse with Regard to Size, Endurance and Temperament
- The Variations of Love
Three: Ways of Kissing
Four: Forms of Scratching
Five: Biting and Behaviors
- Ways of Biting
- Behavior Typical of Women from Different Provinces
- Different Sexual Positions
- Unusual Sexual Acts
Eight: Imitation and Techniques
- Imitating the Sexual Role of a Man
- Sexual Techniques of a Man
Ten: Sex: Beginning, Ending, Types, Quarrels
- The Beginning and Conclusion of Sexual Intercourse
- Different Kinds of Sex
- The Lovers’ Quarrel
Part Three: Young Women
One: Choosing a Bride
- Rules of Courtship
- Deciding a Match
Three: Approaches and Gestures
- Approaching a Young Woman
- Indications through Gestures and Facial Expressions
- Advances a Man Can Make on His Own
- Approaching a Man One Desires
- Winning a Young Woman by Advances
Part Four: The Wife
One: The Only Wife
- Conduct of an Only Wife
- Conduct of a Wife Whose Husband is Abroad
- Conduct of the Senior Wife to the Co-Wives
- Conduct of the Junior Wife
- Conduct of the Remarried Woman
- Conduct of an Unloved Wife
- Matters Pertaining to the Harem
- Conduct of a Man with Several Wives
Part Five: Other Men’s Wives
One: Seducing Successfully
- Exposing the Nature of Men and Women
- Causes of Resistance
- Men Who Have Success with Women
- Women Who are Easily Won
- Ways to Intimacy
- Making Advances
Four: Tasks of the Female Messenger
Five: The Erotic Desire of Rulers
Six: Harems and Wives
- Life in the Harem
- Guarding One’s Wives
Part Six: Courtesans
One: Friends and Lovers
- The Appraisal of a Friend, Suitable and Unsuitable Lovers, and Reasons for Approaching a Lover
- How to Acquire One
Three: Money, Indifference and Disposal
- Ways to Make Money
- Signs and Recognition of Indifference
- Methods for Driving the Lover Away
Five: Types of Profit
Six: Profit, Loss, Risk and Types of Available Women
- Considering Profit and Loss, and their Consequences and Risks
- Types of Available Women
Part Seven: Advanced Methods
One: Luck, Spellbinding and Aphrodisiacs
- Achieving Luck in Love
- Spellbinding Someone
- Recovery of Lost Passion
- Enlarging the Male Organ
- Unusual Techniques
From the IntroductionThe Kamasutra is the most famous guide to sensual pleasure ever written—indeed, one of the most notorious books in the history of the world. Its acute insights into human nature are still relevant today.
While previous publishers typically either stole the word “Kamasutra” and slapped it on a book of modern photographs, or neglected to include the original Sanskrit, or reprinted an old, faulty translation (or introduced a new, faulty translation), or included reproductions of miniatures made more than a millennium after the text was composed, YogaVidya.com and I have labored mightily to create a proper edition. It includes the original Sanskrit typeset in Devanagari, a new, accurate and readable English translation, and illustrations using period clothing, jewelry, and settings that actually correspond to what is described in the text.
ExcerptIn his love chamber, his decorated bedroom replete with flowers and filled with the fragrance of perfume and incense, the elegant man, together with his friends and servants, with soothing words should offer the woman—already slightly drunk, bathed, and adorned—another drink.
He sits down on her right side, touching her coiffure, the hem of her garment, or her waistband. He gently embraces her with his left arm to arouse her.
There follows jocular and affectionate conversation about past matters, mentioning briefly things secret and obscene.
There is music, with dance or without dance, and discussions about the arts. Then she is enticed with another drink.
When she starts to feel passionate, the rest of the people are sent away with a gift of flowers, oils, and betel. When they are alone, he should arouse her with the embraces and so forth that have been described. Then he should proceed to loosen her waistband, etc., as described.