Atithi Devo Bhava

In this section , Brother Madhusudan Naidu shares interesting and insightful moments from the interactions of Bhaghwan with His Students, Teachers and Devotees. This is true wisdom straight from the innermost sanctum sanctorum of the direct Divine Presence!

These are the compilations of those nuggets of wisdom for the benefit of the devotees.

In this week’s INNER VIEW, Brother Madhusudan Naidu shares an interesting moment between the Lord and his devotees in Ottawa.


It was in Ottawa, when the hosts came to serve Swami that He remarked, “In Indian culture the guest is considered as God and the scriptures say ‘ Atithi Devo Bhava’. It was a great ideal that everyone lived by.”

He then went on to explain, “In those days when people would undertake pilgrimages, they would have to walk long distances as the transportation facilities were far and few. During those long journeys on foot, it wasn’t possible for them to carry all that they needed for the entire journey, nor were there any motels or hotels like today, where they could briefly rest. Therefore this ideal was given to the people that every guest must be treated as God. Due to this great culture, one could fearlessly undertake a journey as one would be sure to find shelter and food in homes of the people of villages and towns that were on their way. Even though they were strangers, due to this ideal of ‘Guest being equal to God’, people would be glad to host them and consider it as an honour to serve God by serving guests. That was the culture of India that considered everyone as one’s very own.”

“Today you are so fortunate as it’s not merely about ‘Atithi Devo Bhava’ (Guest is God) but it is ‘Devo Atithi Bhava’ (God is Guest)”, He added with a smile.