IV. Sa.laayatana Vagga
37: Maatugaama Sa.myutta
The Book of the
37: Kindred Sayings about Womankind
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.
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 a woman
who is mastered by the power of authority.