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Saɱyutta Nikāya:
IV. Saḷāyatana Vagga
37: Mātugāma Saɱyutta

The Book of the
Kindred Sayings
37: Kindred Sayings about Womankind

Sutta 28

Eka Suttaɱ


Translated by F. L. Woodward
Edited by Mrs. Rhys Davids

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[1]Thus have I heard:

The Exalted One once addressed the brethren, saying:


"Lord," responded those brethren to the Exalted One.

The Exalted One thus spake:

"Possessed of one power, Brethren,
a man continues to get the better of a woman.

What power?

By the power of authority.

Neither the power of her beauty,
nor her power of wealth,
nor her power of kin,
nor her power of sons,
nor her power of virtue
can avail[1] a woman
who is mastered by the power of authority.


[1] Tāyati

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