Seven types of wife.

Do you know what kind of wife you are? An interesting description of the type of wife is found in Buddhist scriptures. Lord Gautama Buddha himself has described seven types of wives.

This is when Gautama Buddha was preaching. At that time there was a man named Anathpindik. He himself, his son, and two daughters were very pious. He had married his son to a young woman named Sujata.

Once when God went to the house of Lord Anathapindik, there was a noise. When asked the reason, the Anathapindik told God everything. Then God called Sujata and taught her about seven types of wives.

There are seven types:

1) Badhak wife

A woman who hates her husband, thinks of harm, insults her husband by being addicted to other men, does not hesitate to kill her husband for her husband’s wealth, such a wife is a Badhak wife. Such a wicked woman goes to hell after death.

2) Chorisam (Thief) wife

She hides some of the money her husband has earned. Even such a woman goes to hell after death.

3) Ayasam (Swamini) wife

Doing nothing, being lazy, eating too much, speaking harsh words, insulting servants.

4) Matusam (like mother) wife

The mother always wants her husband’s interest just as she wants her son’s interest. The money received is well managed. Since such a wife is virtuous, after death she goes to the golden world and enjoys happiness.

5) Bhaginisam (like sister) wife

Respect the husband, be shy, and obey the husband. Such a woman also goes to heaven after death.

6) Sakhibhariya (like a friend) wife

She is happy to see her husband, maintains her family tradition, is virtuous. Such a woman also goes to heaven after death.

7) Dasisam (like a slave) wife

Never angry, calm in nature, afraid of punishment, obedient to her husband, tolerant. Such a woman also goes to heaven after death.

After describing the seven types of wives, God asked Sujata, Sujata, there are these seven types of wives in the world. What kind of wife do you consider yourself to be?

(It is described in the Buddhist text Anguttara Nikaya (7:59; IV 91-94).

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