This chapter narrates a paradigmatic account of hospitality drawn from the Bhaghavata Purana. It tells the simple story of Sudama, a learned but impoverished Brahmin who visits his old school friend Krishna, a wealthy king of Dwaraka. As a gift for Krishna, Sudama takes a heap of puffed rice borrowed from a neighbor and takes it with him to the palace. On Sudana’s arrival, Krishna embraced him warmly, reminisced about their school days, and eagerly ate the puffed rice that Sudama was too ashamed to offer. When Sudama returned to his village, he finds that his humble hut has been transformed into a luxurious palace. According to texts in the Bhaghavata Purana, Sudama was liberated from labor and dedicated his life to living happily, teaching, and practicing austerity and humility.
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