VIII: Apa.n.naka Vagga
The Numbers Bag
The Book of Fours
Off to Kamboja
Translated from the Pali by Michael Olds
Once upon a time the Lucky Man Kosambii revisiting,
There then Old Man Ananda approached Bhagava
and giving salutation
took a seat to one side.
Seated to one side then,
Old Man Ananda said this to The Lucky Man:
Wrathfullness Ananda in women,
enviousness Ananda in women
selfishness Ananda in women
poor wisdom Ananda in women.
These then, Ananda, are the driving forces,
these the result whereof
women-folk neither sit in the assembly,
nor undertake commerse
nor go to Kamboja.
 Kamboja.m gacchati. Woodward has changed the statement 'go to Kamboja' to 'reach the essence of the deed' reading 'kamm'oja.m' for 'Kambojam'. He has footnoted the commentary statement that this is to be understood as 'to engage in foreign trade,' but cannot see the sense of that. But there are too many examples in the suttas of women who have become Arahant to think that, reading the rest of the sutta as he does, the meaning could be that women do not penetrate through to the essence of the deed. The other meaning that could be given to 'kam'oja.m gacchat' is 'attain to deeds of strength,' or even 'heroic deeds.'