A Guide : How to Prepare and Offer Food to LORD KRSNA
What is Prasadam
And what is it that is really being accepted? Is it the foods itself? Krishna says in the Bhagavad-gita (9.26),
patram pushpam phalam toyam yo me bhaktya prayacchati
tad aham bhakty-upahritam ashnami prayatatmanah
“If one offers Me with love and devotion a leaf, a flower, fruit, or water, I will accept it.” He says, “I accept the bhakti.” You may offer a leaf, a flower, fruit, milk, or ghee-cooked preparations, but the devotion is what carries those preparations to Krishna, and that’s what makes Him inclined to accept it. Sri Ishopanishad (Mantra 5) tells us, tad dure tad v antike: although Krishna is very far away, He is also very close. So wherever we are when we offer something to Krishna, devotion brings Him right to us.
Offer Your PREpARATIONS To LORD
Just as you enjoy your favourite preparations on your birthday so too does the Lord. Having said that, His favourite above all others is your love and devotion. You can make a special endeavour in cooking a wonderful feast for him as you would do for a family member’s birthday. He is a major part of your household so cook for him as you would for your child, meditating on what He would like. A simple cooking standard would include rice, dhal, roti/puri/ćapati (flat bread), subjis (vegetable preparations of different variety and flavours), savoury such as katćori or pakora, sweet and a drink.
The PROCEDURE OF OFFERING
As far as possible try to use fresh and natural ingredients for cooking. Cleanliness is very important in cooking for Krishna. Umm, And don’t taste the food while cooking, the meal is for Krishna’s pleasure so he should taste if first 🙂 It is best to have have new set of dinnerware for Krishna’s offerings and note used by anyone else. Place the plate in front of Krishna and request him to accept the offering. Leave the plate there for few minutes, just as you would when someone else was eating 🙂
Once prepared, all items should be served in individual little bowls (preferably stainless steel) and placed on a tray with Tulasi in Each Preparation. After purifying your hands and the offerings with acamana water, place the tray of bhoga (unoffered food stuff) in front of the Lord. Then, follow the simple procedure for offering below:
•Invite the Lord to come and take his meal.
•While ringing a bell in your left hand. •Recite the following mantras 3 times each. We should have the mood of pleading/begging the Lord to please accept what we have prepared for his pleasure.
nama om viśnu-padaya kṛṣṇa-preśthaya bhutale
srimate bhaktivedanta-swamin iti namine
“I offer my respectful obeisances unto His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda, who is very dear to Lord Kṛṣṇa, having taken
shelter at His lotus feet.”
namas te sarasvate deve gaura-vani-pracharine
nirviśeśa śunyavadi paśćatya deśa tarine
“Our respectful obeisances are unto you, O spiritual master, servant of
Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Gosvami. You are kindly preaching the message of Lord Caitanya deva and delivering the We
namo maha-vadanyaya kṛṣṇa-prema-pradaya te
kṛṣṇaya kṛṣṇa-ćaitanya-namne gaura-tviśe namaha
“O most munificent incarnation! You are Kṛṣṇa Himself appearing as Sri
Kṛṣṇa Caitanya Mahaprabhu. You have assumed the golden colour of
Srimati Radharani. and You are widely distributing pure love of Kṛṣṇa.
We offer our respectful obeisances unto You.”
namo brahmanya-devaya go-brahmana-hitaya ća
jagad-dhitaya kṛṣṇaya govindaya namo namaha
“I offer my respectful obeisances unto Lord Kṛṣṇa, who is the worshipable deity for all brahmanas the well-wisher of the cows and the
brahmanas and the benefactor of the whole world. I offer my repeated
obeisances to the Personality of Godhead, known as Kṛṣṇa.”
LORD WILL RELISH
Leave the offering for the Lord to relish for about 10 minutes
then by clapping your hands or ringing the bell signalling the
end of the offering. Remove the plate and transfer the offerings
and wash the Lords eating utensils. We should endeavour to
offer the best but within our means.