The Kama sutra – 07 On obtaining sexual vigour and health
Type of spiritual experience
Most of the names for plants given in the translated text are not recognisable today, but a few are.
A description of the experience
Now the means of increasing sexual vigour are as follows:
…. if a man mixes rice with eggs and having boiled this in milk, adds to it ghee and honey, and drinks as much of it as necessary, this will produce the [right] effect.
If ghee, honey, sugar and liquorice in equal quantities, the juice of the fennel plant, and milk are mixed together, this nectar-like composition is said to be holy, and provocative of sexual vigour, a preservative of life, and sweet to the taste.
Drinking boiled ghee, or clarified butter, in the morning during the spring season, is said to be beneficial to health and strength and agreeable to the taste.
There are also verses on the subject as follows:
'The means of producing love and sexual vigour should be learnt from the science of medicine, from the Vedas, from those who are learned in the arts of magic, and from confidential relatives. No means should be tried which are doubtful in their effects, which are likely to cause injury to the body, which involve the death of animals, and which bring us in contact with impure things.
Such means should only be used as are holy, acknowledged to be good, and approved of by Brahmans, and friends.'
The source of the experience
Observation contributed by: John Bryant