Training and practicing in Kama

Training and practicing in Kama is undertaken effortlessly and naturally as play, as effortlessly and naturally as citizens of distant provinces practice the laws of a Kingdom - even if they have never been enforced by the distant King whom they have never seen. However, only a few people have mastered the science of Kama and consequently few make the appropriate sacrifices, unaware of the duties required of them - much as a person might learn to ride a horse without understanding proper technique. The study and practice of Kama should be undertaken privately, from a friend who can be trusted in everything like a sister or brother, from a spouse or widow/er who is or was happily married, from someone else who has otherwise has demonstrated their mastery, or from a learned Sannyasi who is a family friend. In every Ashrama, the arts and sciences which must be learned are the same, but their application differs somewhat.

These are the arts and sciences of Kama [In modern times, these are understood as "Recreation Science" and "Entertainment Arts" and "Hospitality Arts"]. Some are studied for other applications, besides the perfection of Kama.

Use of musical instruments
Union of dancing, singing, and instrumental music
Arraying and adorning an object of veneration
Spreading and arranging beds or couches of flowers, or flowers upon the ground
Colouring the teeth, garments, hair, nails and bodies
Fixing stained glass into a floor as mosaics
The art of making beds, and spreading out carpets and cushions for reclining
Playing on musical glasses filled with water
Storing and accumulating water in aqueducts, cisterns, pools and reservoirs
Picture making, trimming and decorating
Stringing of rosaries, necklaces, garlands and wreaths
Binding of turbans and chaplets, and making crests and top-knots of flowers
Visual arts
Stage playing, oration and drama
Art of making ear ornaments
Art of preparing perfumes and odours
Proper disposition of jewels and decorations, and adornment in dress
Magic or sorcery (Maya)
Quickness of hand / slight of hand
Manual dexterity
Culinary arts
Making lemonades, sherbets, acidulated drinks, and spirituous extracts with proper flavour and colour
Tailor's work and sewing
Making parrots, flowers, tufts, tassels, bunches, bosses, knobs, etc., out of yarn or thread
Formulation and solution of riddles, enigmas, covert codes, puzzles and enigmas
Gaming, where the loser pays a forfeit or penalty of some kind
Word games, such as group-poetry: repeating verses, and as one person finished, another person had to commence at once, repeating another verse, beginning with the same letter with which the last speaker's verse ended, whoever failed to repeat was considered to have lost
The art of mimicry or imitation
Reading, including chanting and intoning
Study of sentences difficult to pronounce ("tongue twisters")
Gaming with sword, single stick, quarter staff, bow and arrow, and other implements of war
Games of logic: drawing inferences, reasoning or inferring
Architecture and Engineering, or the art of building
Knowledge about gold and silver coins, and jewels and gems
Chemistry and mineralogy
Colouring jewels, gems and beads
Knowledge of mines and quarries
Gardening; knowledge of treating the diseases of trees and plants, of nourishing them, and determining their ages
The art of fighting for sport: dueling (human fighting: wrestling, boxing, etc.), cock fighting, quail fighting and ram fighting
The art of teaching parrots and starlings to speak
The art of applying perfumed ointments to the body, and of dressing the hair with unguents and perfumes and braiding it
The art of understanding writing in cypher, and the writing of words in a peculiar way
The art of pun-making, and speaking by changing the forms of words. It is of various kinds. Some speak by changing the beginning and end of words, others by adding unnecessary letters between every syllable of a word, and so on
Knowledge of foreign languages
The art of making flower carriages
The art of charming and bonding
The abstract arts
The art of optical and other illusion
The art of composing poems
Knowledge of dictionaries and vocabularies
Knowledge of ways of changing and disguising the appearance of persons
Knowledge of the art of changing the appearance of things, such as making cotton to appear as silk, coarse and common things to appear as fine and good
Knowledge of concealing the self or things
The arts of gambling
The art of obtaining possession of the property of others by magic ("trickery")
Skill in sporting games
Knowledge of the rules of society, and of how to pay respect and compliments to others
Knowledge of the art of war, of arms and of armies.
Knowledge of gymnastics
Art of knowing the character of a man from his features
Arithmetical recreations [like modern soduko and crosswords]
Making artificial flowers
Making figures and images in clay

A person who perfects the training and practice of these arts is known in society as of high quality, good disposition, beautiful, winning, and will be given seats of honor at assemblies. Such a person earns the respect of the King, and the praise of sages; their favor sought by all, they embody universal regard. Such a person will easily support themselves, even in a foreign country, and perfect Artha, then Dharma. Even a bare knowledge of them makes association with such a gallant person attractive.