Canto 8: Withdrawal of the Cosmic CreationsChapter 16: Executing the Payo-vrata Process of Worship

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 8.16.7

gṛheṣu yeṣv atithayo

nārcitāḥ salilair api

yadi niryānti te nūnaḿ



gṛheṣu — at home; yeṣu — which; atithayaḥ — uninvited guests; na — not; arcitāḥ — welcomed; salilaiḥ api — even by offering a glass of water; yadi — if; niryānti — they go away; te — such household life; nūnam — indeed; pheru-rāja — of jackals; gṛha — the homes; upamāḥ — like.


Homes from which guests go away without having been received even with an offering of a little water are like those holes in the field which are the homes of jackals.


In a field there may be holes made by snakes and mice, but when there are very big holes, it may be supposed that jackals live there. Certainly no one goes to take shelter in such homes. Thus the homes of human beings where atithis, uninvited guests, are not properly received are like the homes of jackals.

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