Kamasutra suggests that when a courtesan is capable of earning money then everyday she should not be confined to a single person. Under such circumstances she should fix her rate per night. She should fix this on account of the place, the season, the condition of the people, her good qualities and in accord to her good looks. She should also compare her rate with others. After deciding she should inform everyone about the rate and do accordingly. But if there is someone from whom she can be gained she can resort to him and live like a wife with her.
According to some sages, when a courtesan gets equally benefited from the two lovers she should be stuck to one who give her gifts according to her own choice while vatsayana in his Kamasutra says that she should give importance to someone who gifts her gold because of its costing value as well as other values. According to him among gold, silver, copper, bell metal, iron, pots, furniture, beds, upper garments, under vestments, fragrant substances, vessels made of gourds, ghee, oil, corn, and cattle- gold is the most precious.
When the choice is between the persons who give same gifts or required the same effort to gain over them she should decide according to her friend's advice or evaluating their personal qualities, or on some symbols of good or bad fortune.
When there are two persons, the sages advice to choose the generous one but Vatsayana in his Kamasutra asserts that she should consider the persons who already attached to her as because everyone gives money to courtesan whether he is miser or spendthrift but the person who is generous cannot love with passion and real attachment. He also mentioned that if the choice is between two who is rich and poor respectively she should always choose the richer one.
Again when the case is between a generous and a person who is ready to do any service for the courtesan, sages always say to choose the person who is ready to do everything while Kamasutra says that one should choose the generous one as because that person who has already done some work should always think about his ability. While a generous man doesn't think what he has given earlier.
When the competition is between a grateful and a liberal one, some sages say to choose the liberal one. But according to Vatsayana she should not choose him as because liberal persons are generally arrogant and plain spoken. Though they keep friendship for long but as soon as they see any fault on the part of courtesan they leave abruptly without considering anything. Whereas the grateful persons never leave like this considering the pain she may have taken to please him. In both the last two cases regard must be paid to future good fortune.
If such a situation arises when complying with the friend's request or chances of getting money comes together, according to sages the chances of getting money should be preferred. But Vatsayana in his Kamasutra is of opinion that the money can also come tomorrow but the request of a friend should get importance. Even here, in making the choice, regard must be paid to future good fortune.
The courtesan can however mollify her friend by pretending that she has some work to do and give assurance of doing the work tomorrow and can earn the money first.
When the chance of getting money and the chance of avoiding some disaster comes simultaneously, the sages says that the chance of getting money should be preferred, while Vatsyayana in his doctrine of love - Kamasutra affirms that money can be earned at any time, but a disaster can be a serious one and if avoided cannot be come again. However, the choice should be guided by the strength of the disaster.
Some of the ways in which the wealthiest and best kinds of courtesans spend their money are as follows:
The gains of other courtesans are to be spent as follows:
According to the sages these represent the gains of all the middle and lower classes of courtesans, but Kamasutra is of opinion that their benefits cannot be calculated, or fixed in any way, as these depend on the influence of the place, the customs of the people, their own appearance, and many other things.
The reasons why a courtesan should agree to take a small amount in a friendly way as mentioned in Kamasutra are :
The following are the circumstances depending on which the courtesan can make an effort to achieve as much as money from her lover:
In Kamasutra it is mentioned; to secure her future life the courtesan can live like a wife with a man on account of the following conditions:
The verses of Kamasutra on the subject are as follows:
'In considering her present gains, and her future welfare, a courtesan should avoid such persons as have gained their means of subsistence with very great difficulty, as also those who have become selfish and hard-hearted by becoming the favourites of kings.' 'She should make every attempt to unite herself with prosperous and well-to-do people, and with those whom it is dangerous to avoid, or to slight in any way. Even at some cost to herself she should become acquainted with energetic and liberal-minded men, who when pleased would give her a large sum of money, even for very little service, or for some small thing.'
(Last Updated on : 01-12-2008)
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