Virunthombal- Ninth Chapter of Thirukural.
(treating guests well/hospitality.)
(To lead a good life the householder need to support the society that he lives in. Here the guest is not the only one who comes to our house on a visit. In ancient days , the householder was supposed to search for people who need to be fed and feed them properly. The poet feels horrified at our eating food without giving it to the guest.He feels that those who treat guests well would go to heaven. He wants everyone not to neglect them, because they would feel greatly insulted and humiliated.)
1.I rundhu ombi yil vaazhvathu yellam virunthu onbi ,
Velanmai cheithal poruttu.
1,living with family is only aimed,
At hospitality and treating guests well.
2.Virunthu purathathath thaan undal chavaa ,
Marunthu yeninum vendar paathu andru.
2,Keeping the guest outside and our eating
Even if we are eating medicine for avoiding death is not desirable.
3.Varuvithu vaikalum ombuvaan vazhkkai ,
Paruvathu paazh paduthal indru.
3.The life of one who daily invite guests and then treat,
Them hospitably , would never involve suffering.
4.Akanamarnthu cheyyal urayum mukanamarnthu ,
Nal virunthombuvan yil.
4.In the house of those , who treat good guests,
With hospitality and smiling face , Goddess Lakshmi would live happily.
5.Vithum idal vendum kollo , virundhombi ,
Michil misaivan pulam
5. Is there any necessity to sow seeds , for the one who feeds their guests,
And share thereafter whatever is left over with his family
6, Chel virundhombi , varu virundhu kathiruppan,
Nal virundhu vanathavarkku.
6,He who treats well the departing guest ,
And waits for the arriving guest would be a good guest in heaven,
7.Inai thunaithu yenpathu ondru illai virundhin,
Thunai thunai velvi payan.
7.It is not possible to estimate the good arising out of hospitality ,
For it depends on the suitability of the guest.
8.Parinthombi pathathom yenbar , virunthombi,
Velvi thalai padathaar.
8.Those ignorant people who do not bother about the great effect ,
Of treating their guests well , would later sorrow ,
Thinking that they have wasted their wealth and became supportless.
9.Udamayil inmai viruthu ombal , ombaa ,
Madamai madavar kan undu.
9.Poverty in spite of wealth is due to ignorance about need
Of good treatment of guests and these people would be among fools.
10.Moppa kuzhayum anicham , mukam thirinthu,
Nokka kuzhayum virunthu
10 Just like anicham flower fades on smelling it,
The face of the guests would fade seeing an unwelcome face.