Some of your ancestors and deceased loved ones may have been reborn as hungry ghosts, no longer able to fend for themselves. In this poem the Buddha explains that it is to your long-term benefit — and to theirs — that you honor their memory with gifts.
How to cite this document (a suggested style): "Petavatthu: Stories of the Hungry Ghosts", edited by Access to Insight. Access to Insight (Legacy Edition, version ati-legacy-2013.12.28.08), 2 November 2013, http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/kn/pv/index.html . Retrieved on 28 December 2013.