Guest is God

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Thats what I heard many times in India.

But unlike the American Indians,which developed their social belief system isolated from the 'old' world, Indians from India don't mix a flesh and blood guest with a mythical celestial being.

In rural India, this belief takes form as a total responsibility for the well being of the guest. Egoless and with no account book open.

Many time I was not an expected guest. I would just end up in this or that village or town. Still, whom ever I would happen to be curious about me would take this responsibility. It seemed this was a right rather then an obligation. There was much festivity about it although with sensitivity to my peace and privacy too.

Here, I was visiting and hosted by my friend Rais' Muslim family in a village in Rajasthan.

His brother had a new home just built and so I was offered to stay there.

One night I was feeling a little sick. Khan, Rais brother, had called not 1 but 2 doctors to come and see me.

Obviously a doctor visit in a village is not just a business appointment. They all know each other personally and sometimes there is also a family relationship amongst them.

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  • Vishal Dhumal

    Vishal Dhumal said (21 Oct 2010):

    " Atithi devo bhav" (Sanskrit word) means Guest is God. Every one know meaning of this word in India because they mean it.

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