*Saṃyutta Nikāya*

4. Saḷāyatana Vagga

37. Mātugāma Saṃyutta

3. Tatiya Vagga

4. Saḷāyatana Vagga

37. Mātugāma Saṃyutta

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 29

#### Aṇga Suttaṃ

# Quality

Translated by F. L. Woodward

Edited by Mrs. Rhys Davids

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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.

§

Suppose, Brethren, a woman is possessed

of the power of beauty,

but not of the power of wealth.

Thus is she defective by one quality.

But suppose her possessed

of the power of beauty,

and of the power of wealth

then is she complete by that quality.

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Suppose, Brethren, a woman is possessed

of the power of beauty,

and of the power of wealth

but not of the power of kin.

Then is she defective by that one quality.

But suppose her possessed

of the power of beauty,

and of the power of wealth

and of the power of kin

then is she complete by that quality.

■

Suppose, Brethren, a woman is possessed

of the power of beauty,

and of the power of wealth

and of the power of kin,

but not of the power of sons.

Then is she defective by that one quality.

But suppose her possessed

of the power of beauty,

and of the power of wealth

and of the power of kin,

and of the power of sons

then is she complete by that quality.

■

Suppose, Brethren, a woman is possessed

of the power of beauty,

and of the power of wealth

and of the power of kin,

and of the power of sons

but not of the power of virtue.

Then is she defective by that one quality.

But suppose her possessed

of the power of beauty,

and of the power of wealth

and of the power of kin,

and of the power of sons

and of the power of virtue

then is she complete by that quality.

Such, Brethren, are the five powers of womanfolk."