HOSPITALITY IN INDIA
(Report of a lecture delivered at Detroit on Thursday, February 15, 1894, with
the editorial comments of the Detroit Free Press)
The hospitable spirit – the Indian golden rule, was illustrated by a story. A Brâhmin, his wife, his son, and his son’s wife had not tasted food for some time on account of a famine. The head of the house went out and after a search found a small quantity of barley.
He brought this home and divided it into four portions, and the small family was about to eat, when a knock was heard at the door. It was a guest. The different portions were set before him, and he departed with his hunger satisfied, while the quartette who had entertained him perished.
This story is told in India to illustrate what is expected in the sacred name of hospitality.