SHOULD WE EAT IN FRONT OF THE DEITIES?

Prabhupada Distributing Prasadam

Prabhupāda: You distribute that prasādam. Give everyone.

Devotee: Is this a laddu?

Prabhupāda: Yes. I will also take little. Now distribute. [Pause] Oh, you take more. Why little, little? Give more. Give me also little more.

Trivikrama: Jaya!

Prabhupāda: Mmm. It is very nice.

Devotee: Prabhupāda distributes mercy to the world.

Prabhupāda: Who has made it?

Karandhara: Dhruvānanda.

Prabhupāda: Oh. He is a good cook!

Karandhara: Yes.

Prabhupāda: Mmm. He has made nice.

Sudāmā: Shall I save one for later for you?

Prabhupāda: No, no saving. [Laughter.] Give me immediately. [Laughter.] Give them.

Romaharsana: Prabhupāda? Your Divine Grace? I have a question. I was always under the impression or understanding from your teachings that one never eats in front of the Deities. Can you please explain that?

Syāmasundara: He says that he always understood that one should not eat in front of the Deity. What is the difference?

Prabhupāda: Difference is generally we should not eat before the Deity. But there is another injunction: prasādah prāptir mātrena bhoktavyah. As soon as prasādam1 comes, you should immediately eat it.

All the devotees laughed as Prabhupāda ate the remaining part of his laddu.

[An excerpt from “My Glorious Master” by Bhurijana Dasa]

Note 1: Prasadam is sanctified food which has been offered first to Krishna, or God.

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