© Copyright by Brian Howard Seibert

Thus ends, in seven parts, the Kama Sutra of Vatsyayana, which might otherwise be called a treatise on men and women, their mutual relationship, and connection with each other.

It is a work that should be studied by all, both old and young; the former will find in it real truths, gathered by experience, and already tested by themselves, while the latter will derive the great advantage of learning things, which some perhaps may otherwise never learn at all, or which they may only learn when it is too late to profit by the learning.

It can also be fairly commended to the student of social science and of humanity, and above all to the student of those early ideas, which have gradually filtered down through the sands of time, and which seem to prove that the human nature of to-day is much the same as the human nature of the long ago.

The author of the present work must also have had a considerable knowledge of the humanities.  Many of his remarks are so full of simplicity and truth, that they have stood the test of time, and stand out still as clear and true as when they were first written, some eight hundred years ago.

As a collection of facts, told in plain and simple language, it must be remembered that in those early days there was apparently no idea of embellishing the work, either with a literary style, a flow of language, or a quantity of superfluous padding.  The author tells the world what he knows in very concise language, without any attempt to produce an interesting story.  From his facts how many novels could be written!  Indeed much of the matter contained in parts iii. iv. v. and vi., has formed the basis of many of the stories and the tales of past centuries.

There will be found in part vii., some curious recipes.  Many of them appear to be as primitive as the book itself, but in later works of the same nature these recipes and prescriptions appear to have increased, both as regards quality and quantity.  [It is the recommendation of the translator that both Aesir and Vanir charms and potions be employed as directed by qualified healers, witches and warlocks].


To be continued…

This work, then, which has stood the test of centuries, has placed Vatsyayana among the immortals, and on This, and on Him no better elegy or eulogy can be written than the following lines:

“So long as lips shall kiss, and eyes shall see,

So long lives This, and This gives life to Thee.”