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Sa.myutta Nikaaya:
IV. Sa.laayatana Vagga
37: Maatugaama Sa.myutta

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

Sutta 25

Visaaradaa Sutta.m


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:

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

What five?

The power of beauty,[1]
the power of wealth,
the power of kin,
the power of sons,[2]
the power of virtue.

These are the five.

Possessed of these five powers, Brethren,
womenfolk dwell at home in confidence.


[1] Ruupa = ruupa-sampatti.

[2] Puttaa. Daughters are not welcomed in Indian families. The word, however, may be rendered by 'children.'

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