The Kama Sutra
Chapter VI - About the Women of the Royal Harem, and of the Keeping of One's Own Wife
THE women of the royal harem cannot see or meet any men on account of their being strictly guarded,
neither do they have their desires satisfied, because their only husband is common to many wives.
For this reason among themselves they give pleasure to each other in various ways as now described.
Having dressed the daughters of their nurses, or their female friends, or their female attendants, like men,
they accomplish their object by means of bulbs, roots, and fruits having the form of the lingam,
or they lie down upon the statue of a male figure, in which the lingam is visible and erect.
Some kings, who are compassionate, take or apply certain medicines to enable them to enjoy many wives in one night,
simply for the purpose of satisfying the desire of their women, though they perhaps have no desire of their own.
Others enjoy with great affection only those wives that they particularly like, while others only take them,
according as the turn of each wife arrives in due course. Such are the ways of enjoyment prevalent in Eastern countries,
and what is said about the means of enjoyment of the female is also applicable to the male.
'A clever man, learning from the Shastras [scriptures] the ways of winning over the wives of other people,
is never deceived in the case of his own wives. No one, however,
should make use of these ways for seducing the wives of others,
because they do not always succeed, and, moreover, often cause disasters,
and the destruction of Dharma and Artha. This book, which is intended for the good of the people,
and to teach them the ways of guarding their own wives,
should not be made use of merely for gaining over the wives of others.'
Here ends Part V of the Kama Sutra.