Kamasutra is indeed a doctrine of love and in each of the chapter it unfurls the age-old secrets of not only lovemaking but also deals with the various recipes and mixtures for enhancing beauty or appeal to one's lover. Though some methods, which are included here, are out-dated if taken literally, but they can easily be adapted for modern use because of the valid idea behind them.(Last Updated on : 19/12/2008)
Every person wants to become desirable at the eyes of others by good looks, good qualities, youth and liberality or such means, but if someone is deprived of these qualities he or she should culture artificial means, or art. Some of the useful recipes are given below:
Kamasutra affirms that an ointment made of the tabernamontana coronaria, the costus speciosus or arabicus, and the flacourtia cataphracta, can be used as an ointment of beautification.
If fine powder is made out of the above plant and applied when lamp is on it can enhance one's beauty. This powder aids in reducing the black pigmentation. If applied to the eyelashes, the lashes become long and black thus makes anyone lovely.
The oil of the hogweed, the echites putescens, the sarina plant, the yellow amaranth, and the leaf of the nymphae, if applied to the body, has also the same effect.
Kamasutra affirms that a man becomes lovely in the eyes of others by eating the powder of the nelumbrium speciosum, the blue lotus, and the mesna roxburghii, with ghee and honey.
The above things, together with the tabernamontana coronaria, and the xanthochymus pictorius, if used as an ointment also produce the same results.
A man looks lovely in the eyes of other people if he tied the peacock or hyena bone covered with gold, on his right hand.
In the same way, if a bead, made of the seed of the jujube, or conch shell, be enthralled by the incantations mentioned in the Atharvana Veda, or those well skilled in the science of magic, and tied on the hand, it produces the same result as described above.
When a female attendant arrives at the age of youth, her master should keep her isolated in a place where no body can see her, and when men passionately desire her on account of her privacy, or the intricacy of approaching her, he should then bestow her hand on such a person as may award her with wealth and happiness.
According to Kamasutra this is a means of escalating the attractiveness of a person in the eyes of others.
Like this when the daughter of a courtesan arrives at her teenage, the mother should arrange a bunch of good looking youth who are of same age and character, possess same knowledge and tell them that she would arrange the marriage to that man who give some special kind of gift to the mother.
After this the daughter should be kept in isolation as far as possible, and mother should give her in marriage to the man who agreed upon the mother's conditions. But in case the mother is unable to get as much things as she wanted she should show some of her own things as given by the bridegroom.
In this particular chapter of Kamasutra, marriage and suggestion in regard to marriage also has some relevance.
Kamasutra suggests the mother to allow her daughter to get married to the man privately. And when the matter comes to light she can pretend that she did not know about it and now giving her consent to the unification.
The daughter can also take some step by making her desirable to the sons of wealthy citizens and meet then at the places where music is played, houses of other people and at the time of learning music and in case she liked someone and he also liked her she can request her mother through her female attendant, friend, or servant to be allowed her to unite with the man.
The daughter of a courtesan thus married to a man should continue the marriage for one year and after that she can be free. But even after one year if her first husband invites her repeatedly she can go to him and spend a night with him.
This type of method of marriage can be seen among the daughters of dancing women also. The mothers of such girls give their daughters only to those persons who can become useful to the mothers.
The chapter on making oneself lovely in the eyes of others ends here. The latter part of this chapter of Kamasutra again unfolds the secrets to subjugate others to one's own will. Vatsayana in this chapter of Kamasutra has almost harmoniously blended science with logic to make the game of love lot more enjoyable whilst aiding the man in enhancing his organ to befit the requirements.
A man if oils his lingam with a mixture of powder of the white thorn apple, the long peppers and black pepper, and honey and engages in sexual union, he can then actually satisfy his counterpart to a great extent.
Kamasutra affirms that if a man cuts the sprouts of the vajnasunhi plant into small pieces and dips them into a mixture of red arsenic and sulphur, and then dries them seven times, and applies this powder mixed with honey to his lingam, he can conquer a woman to his will. The other method is if someone burns these sprouts at night and looks at the smoke, he sees a golden moon behind, and thus expectantly successful with any woman; or else if he throws some of the powder of these same sprouts mixed with the excrement of a monkey upon a young lady, she won't be able to marry anyone else. Further oiling oneself with an ointment of the plant embica myrabolans has the power of subjecting women to one's will.
The pieces of the arris root dressed with the oil of the mango if placed for six months in a trunk hole of a sisu tree and then taken out and made up into an ointment, and applied to the lingam. This can enhance the process of subduing a woman.
The application of a mixture of the leaf of the plant vatodbhranta, of the flowers thrown on a human dead body, the powder of the peacock bone, and jiwanjiva bird produces the same effect. The remains of a kite died in natural death, ground into powder mixed with cowach and honey, have also the same effect.
If the bone of a camel is dipped into plant juice of eclipta prostata, and while burnt the black pigment produced from its ashes is placed in a box made of camel bone. They applied together with antimony to the eyelashes with a pencil made of camel bone. That pigment is usually said to be very pure and nourishing for the eyes, and serves as a means of subjugating others. The same effect can be produced by black pigment made of the bones of hawks, vultures, and peacocks.
According to Kamasutra the means, which are basically to increase sexual vigour, are as follows:
A man obtains sexual vigour by drinking milk mixed with sugar, the root of the uchchata plant, the piper chaba, and liquorice.
Milk mixed with sugar, and having the testicle of a ram or a goat boiled in it, is also productive of vigour.
Drinking juice of the hedysarum gangeticum, the kuili, and the kshirika plant mixed with milk, produces the same effect.
The seed of the long pepper along with the sanseviera roxburghiana, and the hedysarum gangeticum plant, all crushed together, and mixed with milk, also give the same result. According to ancient authors, if a man crushed the seeds or roots of the trapa bispinosa, the kasurika, the tuscan jasmine, and liquorice, together with the kshirakapoli and puts the powder into milk mixed with sugar and ghee and drinks the paste so formed after boiled the whole mixture on a moderate fire. He will be able to enjoy innumerable women. The same effect will produce if a man mixes rice with the eggs of the sparrow, and boils it in milk, adds ghee and honey, and then drinks.
A man can be able to enjoy many woman if he drinks a special composition made of outer covering of sesamum seeds, soaked with the eggs of sparrows, boiled in milk, mixed with sugar and ghee, along with the fruits of the trapa bispinosa and the kasurika plant, and also some flour of wheat and beans,
Kamasutra says that a composition, which is necter, like, holy, provocative of sexual strength and sweet in taste can be made of ghee, honey, sugar, liquorices in equal quantities, the juice of the fennel plant, and milk.
The drinking of a paste composed of the asparagus racemosus, the shvadaushtra plant, the guduchi plant, the long pepper, and liquorice, boiled in milk, honey, and ghee, in the spring, is said to have the same effect as the above.
Boiling the asparagus racemosus, and the shvadaushtra plant, along with the minced fruits of the premna spinosa in water, and drinking it is said to act in the same way. During the spring season drinking boiled ghee, or clarified butter, in the morning is said to be beneficial to health and strength, which is very desirable in taste also. The same effect can also get from a composition like if the powder of the seed of the shvadaushtra plant and the flower of barley are mixed together in equal parts, and a portion of it, i.e. two palas in weight, is eaten every early morning.
A verse of Kamasutra further supports the subject:
'The means of producing love and sexual vigour should be learnt from the science of medicine, from the Vedas, from those who are learned in the arts of magic, and from confidential relatives. No means should be tried which are doubtful in their effects, which are likely to cause injury to the body, which involve the death of animals, and which bring us in contact with impure things. Such means should only be used as are holy, acknowledged to be good, and approved of by Brahmans, and friends.'
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