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Saɱyutta Nikāya:
IV. Saḷāyatana Vagga
37: Mātugāma Saɱyutta

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

Sutta 31

Hetu Suttaɱ

Because of[1]

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:

"Brethren."

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

The Exalted One thus spake:

"There are these five powers in a woman, brethren.

What five?

The power of beauty,
the power of wealth,
the power of kin,
the power of sons,
the power of virtue.

 


 

But it is not because of the power of beauty,
wealth,
kin,
or sons
that a woman is reborn after death
in the Happy Lot,
in the Heaven World,
when body breaks up.

It is because of virtue, Brethren,
that a woman is reborn after death
in the Happy Lot,
in the Heaven World,
when body breaks up.

Such, Brethren, are the five powers of womanfolk.

 


[1] Hetu


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