Sunday, February 16, 2014
Devo Bhava (देवो भव)
Following mantras are quite common.
मातृदेवो भव | पितृदेवो भव | आचार्यदेवो भव | अतिथिदेवो भव |
Taking last shloka(अतिथिदेवो भव) as an example, I always thought that it meant Guest is god. But recently i learnt a different meaning of the same.
These sholkas are told by Gurus in gurukool to their students. The sholkas appear in प्रथमा शीक्षावल्ली of तैत्तिरीयोपनिषत. The sholkas are in imperative mood - its teacher telling students अतिथिदेवो भव. In this context the correct meaning arises which is - teacher telling students "You become a person who treats guest like god" . Same applies to other sholkas.