Winning of Affection ||75||
1The man who is loved by damsels enjoys all the sexual pleasures in the most excellent manner, while others enjoy only sham pleasures; because, the woman has her mind elsewhere. A woman develops a foetus similar to the man whom she thinks of at the time of coitus, though she be far off from him.
2Just as a branch cut off from a tree or a seed planted in the soil does not change its nature, i.e., does not grow into a different tree, even so is the soul reborn in women. But owing to the influence of the soil or mother, slight difference does occur.
3The soul combines with the mind, the mind with the senses, and the senses with their respective objects. This takes place in quick succession. The connection being such, is there anything unattainable for the mind? And whither the mind goes, thither goes the soul too!
4The soul which is very subtle is immersed in the Supreme Soul in the region of the heart Such a soul should be comprehended by a steadfast mind through constant practice. Since every person attains the nature of one whom he constantly thinks of, young women mentally go only to their beloved ones.
5Favorableness or courtesy is the sole cause of winning the affection of the opposite sex; a contrary conduct engenders aversion. Charms, potions and such other quack remedies produce only many harmful effects and not happiness.
6Man becomes the idol of woman by forsaking pride; and arrogance produces repulsion. A haughty person accomplishes his objects with great difficulty, whereas one speaking sweetly does it easily.
7It is not valour to be fond of rash deeds; nor to speak harsh words that are generally uttered by ruffians. Those who are not arrogant, nor boastful even after accomplishing their task, are valorous.
8One wishing for universal love should express other virtues behind their back; while a person referring to the faults of others gets too many unmerited charges levelled against him.
9The whole world renders service to a man who is engaged in helping the people. The fame that is won by helping enemies in their distress cannot be had by a s nail measure of religious merit.
10The virtues of the good, though suppressed by the wicked, attain great eminence, just as fire blazes forth, though covered with grass. The person who wishes to spoil another’s virtues has his own wickedness proclaimed.