This outstanding anthology presents for the first time both to the scholars and general readers a companion volume to the famous Kamasutra by the sage-teacher Vatsyayana. The present compendium will be found to serve as a veritable source-book of original views and teachings belonging historically to pre-Vatsyayana authorities which — as arranged here systematically under the Sixty-four conventional Topics of the Kama-Shastra — open a new tract of ancient wisdom, exposing the Aphorisms of Love hitherto lost and unknown. It goes to retrieve many a canonical and epic text in a specific perspective of the old Kama-Shastra expertise belonging to the ancientmost stratifications of India’s literary history, beginning from the oldest Vedas down to the poetic and technical documents of the second century at the latest.
Kama is just one integral aspect of the age-old socio-religious philosophy of Three Human Pursuits, viewing man’s three-sided prism-personality as a harmonious aggregate of dharma-artha-kama — Virtue-Wealth-Desire. This indeed interpreted the practices of love or kama as an essential means of attaining the fulfilment of married life in its fuller worldly joys and day-to-day affairs as well as socially attendant duties and moral functions.