At one time, the Blessed One was staying at Sàvatthi. King Pasenadi of Kosala came, having bowed down to the Blessed One, and sat down to one side.
Then a man went to King Pasenadi and told him in his ear: Great King, Queen Mallikà has given birth to a daughter.
When he heard this, King Pasenadi of Kosala was not overjoyed.
Having learned that King Pasenadi of Kosala was not delighted, at that moment the Blessed One uttered a verse:
Hey Master, in life/ There are some young women/ Can be better/ Compared with boys/ Having wisdom and virtue/ Making his mother admire/ Then giving birth to a son/ Being a hero, the ruler of the country / Such a son / Of a virtuous wife / Truly worthy of being a guru / Precept for the whole country.
(DTKVN, Tuong Yuong Department I, chapter 3, chapter 2, part of the Daughter, VNCPHVN Publishing, 1993, p.193)
“Every child is a child” or “it doesn’t matter if it’s a boy or a girl” is an almost universal saying of everyone living in today’s civilized, democratic and equal society. But that concept was raised more than 25 centuries ago in ancient Indian society, when women were seen as “the torch illuminating the way to hell” and “giving birth to a girl is an extra obstacle.” fear, a misfortune in the family” is indeed a thunderous declaration, the greatest and the most pioneering in the history of human development on social reform and equal rights between men and women.
The secret of Thai religion to give birth to a beautiful and intelligent child according to the Buddha’s teachings
With the Buddha’s wisdom, he judged a person’s personality as good or bad, useful or useless, not based on gender, status, class or race, but depending on karma (old and new karma) of the individual himself. Therefore, whether it is a boy or a girl, a man or a woman, if you carry a good old karma and know how to accumulate, cultivate and develop your good karma in the present, you will definitely become a good and useful person. for themselves, their families and society.
Not only in the social aspect, in terms of the ability to practice liberation, the Buddha’s views towards women are extremely broad and true. He stated that gender is not the main obstacle to the purification of body and mind, if practiced in the Dharma with full discipline and precepts, women can still attain Sainthood. The formation of the Church of bhikkhunis and the holy disciples of nuns has confirmed that.
Giving birth to a daughter whose wisdom and virtue may be better than that of a son, the Buddha’s teachings shook Indian society, echoing around the world, still valid and effective today. is in countries that still carry heavy influences of feudal remnants, respecting men and despise women. Buddhists are deeply aware of Buddha’s teachingsraising and loving children in the spirit of equality, paying attention to forming children’s moral and intellectual virtues to become obedient and filial children are practical actions of parents, disciples. Buddhist death.