Welcome the Guest/friend with your heart but keep your eyes and mind open"Athithi Devo Bhava" is our National tag line is not new but years old. Its meaning "'the guest is equivalent to God". Our culture and tradition is something we can always proud of. We have the old habit of welcoming even strangers with our open heart. However, our emotions and feelings most of the time betrayed us. We must be very careful when welcoming a Guest, friend or a relative, it is good to show the love and respect but at the same we should keep our all senses in alert mode.
It was in 1608 when we had welcomed East India Company to do business with us. We had allowed our new guest/friend to trade with us. We allowed them to open factories in India; we allowed them to have their freedom. And, we were doing for a friend who shows us some beautiful dream of progress in trade/business. Little did we know that the same guest/friend will slowly capture our lands and would rule us for next 2000 years? How much we have paid to get back our freedom is a history now.
In 1956, we welcomed our neighboring country's president as a guest for a goodwill mission. We did all to have better relationship with that neighbor friend. But, the same friend backstabbed us and forced us into 1962 war. This was one of the painful times India has ever had.
We welcome a guest and they become friend, then we welcome them in our life. Our emotional mindset does not allow us to think practically and sometime we end the relationship with bitter and painful note. Sometimes the result is too close to get our life in danger. It is not that all our friends whom we welcome and trust are dishonest with us but the quantity of such friends or guests are countable.
So, have friends, welcome new guest in your life but don't let your eyes and mind get closed with your emotions. It is always better if we check our friends properly before welcoming them in our life because one small mistake in our judgment and our entire life can spoil.