(Last Updated on : 24/10/2009)
Sexual intercourse can be compared to a quarrel, on account of the oppositeness of love and its inclination to dispute. Body is the place where one strikes with passion, and there are some special places for stiking:
The space between the breasts
The jaghana, or middle part of the body; and
Striking is of four kinds:
Striking with the back of the hand
Striking with the fingers a little contracted
Striking with the fist
Striking with the open palm of the hand.
On account of it's causing pain, striking gives rise to the hissing sound, which is of various kinds, and to the eight kinds of crying:
The sound Hin
The thundering sound
The cooing sound
The weeping sound
The sound Phut
The sound Phat
The sound Sut
The sound Plat.
When a woman is sitting on the lap of a man, blows with the fist can be given on her back and in return she blows back. She abuses the man angrily and makes the cooing and weeping sound. While the woman is engaged in coition the space between the breasts should be struck with the back of the head, initially slowly and then become proportionate to the increasing excitement, till the process is through.
According to habit the sounds of Hin and others can be made alternately. When the man strikes the woman on the head with his little contracted fingers making the sound Phat, it is called Prasritaka. In this case the apt sound is indeed the cooing sound.
There is a verse on the subject as follows:
'The characteristics of manhood are said to consist of roughness and impetuosity, while weakness, tenderness, sensibility, and an inclination to turn away from unpleasant things are the distinguishing marks of womanhood. The excitement of passion, and peculiarities of habit may sometimes cause contrary results to appear, but these do not last long, and in the end the natural state is resumed.'
The other four modes of striking are as follows:
The wedge on the bosom, the scissors on the head, the piercing instrument on the cheeks, and the pinchers on the breasts and sides.
These four ways of striking with instruments are common to the people of the southern region. The mark caused by men is seen on the breast of their women. But Vatsayana is of opinion that the practice of this strikes are painful and noncivilised, and so quite unworthy of simulation.
We can conclude in this manner that any particular practice which is prevalent somewhere should not be adopted elsewhere. And moreover excess of anything is very bad.
Some of the dangerous instances to supplement this comment are as follows:
The king of the Panchalas killed the courtesan Madhavasena by means of the wedge during congress, king Satakarni Satavahana of the Kuntalas deprived his great Queen Malayavati of her life by a pair of scissors, and Naradeva, whose hand was deformed, blinded a dancing girl by directing a piercing instrument in a wrong way.
There are also two verses on the subject as follows:
'About these things there cannot be either enumeration or any definite rule. Congress having once commenced, passion alone gives birth to all the acts of the parties.'
'Such passionate actions and amorous gesticulations or movements,
which arise on the spur of the moment, and during sexual intercourse, cannot be defined, and are as irregular as dreams. A horse having once attained the fifth degree of motion goes on with blind speed, regardless of pits, ditches, and posts in his way; and in the same manner a loving pair become blind with passion in the heat of congress, and go on with great impetuosity, paying not the least regard to excess. For this reason one who is well acquainted with the science of love, and knowing his own strength, as also the tenderness, impetuosity, and strength of the young women, should act accordingly. The various modes of enjoyment are not for all times or for all persons, but they should only be used at the proper time, and in the proper countries and places.'