TEXT 43
api svit parya-bhunkthas tvam
sambhojyan vrddha-balakan
jugupsitam karma kincit
krtavan na yad aksamam
SYNONYMS
api svit—if it were so that; parya—by leaving aside; bhunkthah—have dined; tvam—yourself; sambhojyan—deserving to dine together; vrddha—the old men; balakan—boys; jugupsitam—abominable; karma—action; kincit—something; krtavan—you must have done; na—not; yat—that which; aksamam—unpardonable.
TRANSLATION
Have you not taken care of old men and boys who deserve to dine with you? Have you left them and taken your meals alone? Have you committed some unpardonable mistake which is considered to be abominable?
PURPORT
It is the duty of a householder to feed first of all the children, the old members of the family, the brahmanas and the invalids. Besides that, an ideal householder is required to call for any unknown hungry man to come and dine before he himself goes to take his meals. He is required to call for such a hungry man thrice on the road. The neglect of this prescribed duty of a householder, especially in the matter of the old men and children, is unpardonable.

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