The Ananga Ranga
The great princely sage and arch-poet, Kalyana Malla versed in all the arts, after consulting many wise and holy men,
and having examined the opinions of many poets, and extracted the essence of their wisdom, composed,
with a view of pleasing his sovereign, a work which was called Ananga Ranga.
May it ever be appreciated by the discerning, for it hath been dedicated to those who are desirous of studying the art
and mystery of man's highest enjoyment, and to those who are best acquainted with the science and practice of dalliance
It is true that no joy in the world of mortals can compare with that derived from the knowledge of the Creator.
Second, however, and subordinate only to this, are the satisfaction and pleasure arising from the possession
of a beautiful woman. Men, it is true, marry for the sake of undisturbed congress, as well as for love and comfort,
and often they obtain handsome and attractive wives. But they do not give them plenary contentment,
nor do they themselves thoroughly enjoy their charms. The reason of which is,
that they are purely ignorant of the Scripture of Cupid, the Kama Shastra; and,
despising the difference between the several kinds of women, they regard them only in an animal point of view.
Such men must be looked upon as foolish and unintelligent; and this book is composed with the object of preventing lives
and loves being wasted in similar manner, and the benefits to be derived from its study are set forth in the following
"The man who knoweth the Art of Love, and who understandeth the thorough and varied enjoyment of woman;
As advancing age cooleth his passions, he learneth to think of his Creator, to study religious subjects,
and to acquire divine knowledge:
Hence he is freed from further transmigration of souls;
and when the tale of his days is duly told, he goeth direct with his wife to the Svarga (heaven)."
And thus all you who read this book shall know how delicious an instrument is woman, when artfully played upon;
how capable she is of producing the most exquisite harmony; of executing the most complicated variations and of giving
the divinest pleasures.
Finally, let it be understood that every Shloka (stanza) of this work has a double
signification, after the fashion of the Vedanta, and may be interpreted in two ways, either mystical or amatory.