Samyutta Nikaya
Kosala Saṁyutta

SN 3.16 Dītu Sutta
A Daughter

When King Pasenadi’s queen gives birth to a daughter, he becomes disappointed, but the Buddha explains the virtue of a woman.

At the city of Sāvatthī…

Then King Pasenadi went up to the Buddha, bowed respectfully, and sat down to one side. Then a man went up to the king and whispered in his ear, “Sir, Queen Mallikā has given birth to a daughter.” When this was said, King Pasenadi was disappointed.

Then, knowing that King Pasenadi was disappointed, on that occasion, the Buddha recited these verses:

“Well, great king, some women are better than men,
they are wise, virtuous, loyal to the husband,
and treat relatives very well.

“Great king, when she has a son,
he becomes a hero, the son of such a blessed lady
may even rule the country.”

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Saṁyutta Nikāya 3.16 Dītu Sutta: A Daughter

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