The Kama Sutra
Chapter V - About the Love of Persons in Authority with the Wives of Other People
KINGS and their ministers have no access to the abodes of others,
and moreover their mode of living is constantly watched and observed and imitated by the people at large,
just as the animal world, seeing the sun rise, get up after him, and when he sits in the evening,
lie down again in the same way. Persons in authority should not therefore do any improper act in public,
as such are impossible from their position, and would be deserving of censure.
But if they find that such an act is necessary to be done,
they should make use of the proper means as described in the following paragraphs.
But according to the customs of some countries there are facilities for kings to make love to the wives of other men.
Thus in the country of the Andhras the newly married daughters of the people thereof enter the king's harem
with some presents on the tenth day of their marriage, and having been enjoyed by the king are then dismissed.
In the country of the Vatsagulmas the wives of the chief ministers approach the king at night to serve him.
In the country of the Vaidarbhas the beautiful wives of the inhabitants pass a month in the king's harem
under the pretence of affection for the king.
In the country of the Aparatakas the people gave their beautiful wives as presents to the ministers and the kings.
And lastly in the country of the Saurashtras the women of the city and the country enter the royal harem
for the king's pleasure either together or separately.
There are also two verses on the subject as follows:
'The above and other ways are the means employed in different countries by kings with regard to the wives of other persons.
But a king, who has the welfare of his people at heart, should not on any account put them into practice.'
'A king, who has conquered the six enemies of mankind [traditionally: Lust, Anger, Avarice, Spiritual Ignorance, Pride, and Envy],
becomes the master of the whole earth.'