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Translation by Bhikkhuni Uppalavanna


"What is the leadership in the world?
What is the noble strife?
What is the strong stain?
And what is the swelling in the world?
Who obstructs when carried?
Who likes when carried?
Who strives again and again, in the pleasure of the wise?"
"Exercising power is leadership in the world and the woman is the strife.
Anger is the strong stain in the world and robbers are the swelling.
The robber obstructs being carried, the recluse loves being carried.
The continual striving of the recluse is cherished by the wise."

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