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Surendra Kumar agyat in his book Kya Balu ki bheet par khada hai Hindu dharma (Does Hinduism stand on wall of sand) asks a question about the women. Below is the screenshot:- Kya Balu ki bheet par khada hai Hindu dharma page 50

He quoted here a verse of aitereya brahman.

  • Aitareya Brahmana 7:3:1

कृपणं ही दुहिता

Women causes pain.

I want to know that how can we response these type of verses.

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    This site is English oriented one. So please translate the Hindi version of your question content into English.Otherwise, answering will be difficult – srimannarayana k v Feb 14 at 15:38
  • कृपणं ही दुहिता -> Miserly milking (this is what I see in google translation) where this comes from ? (Women causes pain). This can be opinion based. – CR241 Feb 14 at 22:18
  • Duhita = daughter (not 'woman' in general). Kripana = misery. When does daughter cause pain ? When she gets married and has to leave the house. It's pain of sorrow of separation. Not pain of being together. @CR241 – ram Feb 15 at 3:47
  • Delineate deriding of Hindu Scriptures is not recommended – Prasanna R Feb 15 at 6:51
  • @sriramnarayankv the book is in hindi. Once you said me in comment that we should quote Hindi version of translation when English is not available. And I have already translated the main verse into English. I pasted book's picture so one can't say that I have copied it from there. – Sanatan Darshan Feb 15 at 7:54
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It has become fashion among the modern scholars to quote Sanskrit text selectively or out of context or twist the meaning of the original quote.


The context in which such a statement was made, in Aitareya Brahmana, is as follows:

Harischandra, the son of Vedhas, of the Iksvaku race, was a king who had no son. Though he had a hundred wives, they did not give birth to a son. In his house there lived the Risis, Parvata and Narada.

Once the king addressed to Narada (the following stanza) :

" Since all beings, those endowed with reason (men) as well as those who are without it (beasts) wish for a son, what is the fruit to be obtained by having a son ? This tell me, Narada? "

Narada thus addressed in one stanza, replied

  1. The father pays a debt in his son, and gains immortality, when he beholds the face of a son living who was born to him.

  2. The pleasure which a father has in his son, exceeds the enjoyment of all other beings, be they on the earth, or in the fire, or in the water.

  3. Fathers always overcome great difficulties through a son. (In him) the Self is born out of Self. The son is like a well-provisioned boat, which carries him over.

  4. " What is the use of living unwashed,' wearing the goatskin,' and beard '? What is the use of performing austerities ? * You should wish for a son, Brahmans ! " Thus people talk of them^ (who forego the married life on account of religious devotion).

  5. Food preserves life, clothes protect from cold, gold (golden ornaments) gives beauty, marriages produce wealth in cattle ; " the wife is the friend, the daughter object of compassion, but the son shines as his light in the highest heaven.


The meaning of the saying here the daughter object of compassion - कृपणं ह दुहिता, should not be read and understood, as Eternal Truth like - Sun raises in the East.

The scholars, who quote the above phrase, out of context, do not bother to look at the preceding statement on wife - wife is the friend - सखा ह जाया.

Is wife not woman? Why was wife mentioned as friend, but daughter was mentioned as cause of misery?


The crux of the issue lies in the fact that daughter will go to another family, as another bride comes to one's family, as daughter-in-law.

The bondage between father and daughter is as strong as father and a son.

However, the son remains with the father, whereas the daughter has to necessarily move out after marriage to someone else's family, which creates unbearable sorrow.


This quote has nothing to do with demeaning of women.

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