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XIII. Conclusion

3.44. Verse in the Rig Veda.-

We may close this Chapter by quoting what the Rig Veda has to say about the position of the woman. In a verse adoring the role of the wife, it says1-

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We need not quote literal translations of the text2. The sentiments could be thus expressed in English, on a very free rendering-

May you, like an Empress, rule the

household of your father-in-law:

may you, like an Empress, win the

admiration of your mother-in-law:

may you, like an Empress, win the love of your sister-in-law:

and may you, like an Empress, secure the respect of your brothers-in-law.

1. Rig Veda, Mandala 10, Hymn 85, Verse 46.

2. (a) Ralph Griffith Hymns of the Rigveda (Chowkhamba Sanskrit Studies, Series No. 35), Vol. 2, p. 506, Mandal 10, Hymn 85, verse 46.

(b) H.H. Wilson Translation of the Rig Veda, Vol. VI, p. 152.46 (1928 Reprint) published by H.R. Bhagat Poona, through Ashtekar & Co.

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