Union of Man and Woman ||78||
1-2They say that king Viduratha was murdered by his own queen with a weapon concealed in her tresses, and the king of Kasi by his disaffected queen by mean of her anklet smeared with poison. Thus women, when they are disgusted with one, bring about calamities amounting to danger to life. What is die use of enumerating other troubles? Hence, men ought to examine carefully whether the damsels are really attached
to or disgusted with them.
3Love springing from sexual desire is indicated by tell-tale blush, etc., by exposing the navel, arms, bosoms and ornaments, by re-tying the garments, by loosening the locks, by twitches and trembling of the eyebrows and by side-long glances.
4-6Other tokens of love are: loud clearing of the throat and spitting, loud laughter in the presence of the lover, rising towards him from couch or seat, producing sounds with limbs, yawning, asking for trivial and easily available things, embracing and kissing a child, looking significantly at a female companion, casting glances at him when he looks elsewhere, enumerating his virtues, and scratching the ears. A damsel who speaks sweetly, spends her own money (for his sake), feels delighted at his sight, forgets her anger, drowns his faults by extolling his virtues, honours his friends, hates his enemies, feels grateful to him for him good turns, feels miserable when he is away, offers her bosoms and lips, embraces him, perspires, and kisses him first, is also to be understood as one affectionately attached through her actions.
7-8The following are the indications of the disaffection of a woman:— A frowning face, turning away the face (from the lover), forgetting the good done by him, lack of interest in his presence, fretfulness, kindness, towards his enemies, harsh words, shuddering on touching or seeing him, assuming arrogance, not preventing him from going away, wiping off the mouth after a hiss, getting up last and going to bed first.
9-10Buddhistic nuns, female ascetics, handmaids? nurses, virgins, washerwomen, flower-sellers, corrupt women, female companions and barbers wives serve as go-betweens. As these are the causes of the ruin of respectable families, one should carefully protect one’s women from them in order to enhance the reputation and honour of the family.
11Nocturnal recreations, vigils, professions of illness, staying in another’s house, consultations with sooth-sayers, taking part in congregational mourning’s and festivals are occasions when women come in contact with men. Hence they should be guarded on such occasions.
12A loving damsel will at first show no desire but will not leave off amorous talk; in the beginning of the sexual act, she will be bashful and languid; in the middle, she will be devoid of bashfulness, and on the case, bashfully drop her face- Then again she will show, during coitus, various graceful expressions of sentiment, and perceiving the disposition of her lover attentively adapt herself to him in movements indicative of weariness or otherwise as the case may be.
13The excellences of women are youth, beauty, charming dress, favorableness, knowledge oi the arts of winning man’s affection, graceful gait, etc. The best of those, possessed of the above excellences am termed ‘Gems of women’, whereas others, for a cultured man, are only ‘Feminine Diseases.’
14A woman in the company of her lover in privacy should not indulge in boorish talk (or decorate herself with rustic colours), not be unclean in body, not speak of unseemly parts of the body, nor mention other subjects; for mind is the birth-place of Love whose body was burnt by Kara.
15A woman who breathes in unison with her lover, is ready to make her aims a pillow for him, offers skillfully her breasts to him, has her hair finely scented, goes to sleep after he has fallen ‘asleep and wakes up before him, has sincere and abiding love for him.
16-18Those women who have a wicked nature, and who are impatient during coitus, ought to be shunned. Inauspicious are those whose blood is dark, blue, yellow or slightly copper-red. A woman that is deeply, has too much blood and bile, has a dripping (burning) organ, is of a rheumatic and phlegmatic constitution, gluttonous, sweaty, with deformed limbs, short-haired, and with (prematurely) grey hair; further, one whose muscles are flaccid, who has a pot-belly and who pro duces indistinct sounds, besides those who in the Chapter on the signs of women have been declared sinful: with none of the above women should a man play the act of Cupid.
19-20The menstrual blood is sound if it is tinged like hare’s blood, or lac, and fades after washing. (That is, fit for impregnation). Such blood not attended with noise and pain, and ceasing to flow after three days, will undoubtedly develop into an embryo after union with man.
21-22A woman in menses should not bathe, not wear wreaths of flowers, nor anoint her body. She should bathe on the fourth day according to the mandates of the Sastras. She should use for her bath the herbs enumerated in the Chapter on ‘Royal ablutions’ (Ch. 48) mixed with water, and the same hymn mentioned
there will have to be used here too.
23They say that sexual union on even nights (after menses) procreates males, while on odd nights, females. On distant even nights, it leads to the birth of children who will be long-lived, handsome and happy .
24A foetus situated in the right side of the womb will be a male; while one on the left, a female. One situated on both the sides will be twins and one in the middle is to be understood to be a eunuch.
25A man ought to have sexual union with his wife when the Kendras and the Trikona houses are occupied by benefics, when the Moon and the Lagna are conjoined with benefics, when malefics are posited in the 3rd, 6th and 11th houses and when there are planetary combinations ensuring the birth of a male.
26A man should on no account make marks on his wife’s body with his nails and teeth during her period of impregnation. Such a period lasts for sixteen days, of which the ‘first three nights are unfit for union.