The whole purpose of maintaining a home
And earning wealth is to provide hospitality to guests.
To hoard one's meal when a guest is in the home is improper,
Even if it happens to be the nectar of immortality.
The life of the man who daily cares for those who
Come to him will never suffer poverty's painful ruin.
Wealth's goddess dwells in the hospitable home
Of those who host guests with a smiling face.
If a man eats only after attending to guests' needs,
What further sowing will his fertile fields require?
The host who, caring for guests, watches hopefully for more,
Will himself be a welcomed guest of those whose home is heaven.
Charity's merit cannot be measured by gifts given.
It is measured by measuring the receiver's merits.
Those who never sacrifice to care for guests will later lament,
"We hoarded wealth, estranged ourselves, now none will care for us."
The poorest penury is having plenty yet shunning guests.
Such senselessness is only found in senseless fools.
The delicate anicham flower withers when merely smelled,
But an unwelcome look is enough to wither the heart of a guest.
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