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Saɱyutta Nikāya
4. Saḷāyatana Vagga
37. Mātugāma Saɱyutta
3. Tatiya Vagga

The Book of the Kindred Sayings
4. The Book Called the Saḷāyatana-Vagga
Containing Kindred Sayings on the 'Six-Fold Sphere' of Sense and Other Subjects
37. Kindred Sayings about Womankind
3. Third Chapter

Sutta 27

Abhibhūyya Suttaɱ

By Conquering

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

These are the five.

Possessed of these five powers, Brethren,
a woman continues to[1] get the better of her husband."


[1] Vattati.

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