Every Householder Must Offer Food to the Lord – You Can Thus Satisfy All Your Guests

By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Srimad Bhagavatam

Canto 1 – Chapter 15 – Verse 11
TRANSLATION

During our exile, Durvasa Muni, who eats with his ten thousand disciples, intrigued with our enemies to put us in dangerous trouble. At that time He [Lord Krishna], simply by accepting the remnants of food, saved us. By His accepting food thus, the assembly of munis, while bathing in the river, felt sumptuously fed. And all the three worlds were also satisfied.

PURPORT

Durvasa Muni, a powerful mystic brahmana, had about ten thousand disciples, and wherever he visited and became a guest of the great kshatriya kings, he used to be accompanied by a number of followers. Once he visited the house of Duryodhana, the enemy cousin of Maharaja Yudhisthira. Duryodhana was intelligent enough to satisfy the brahmana by all means, and the great rsi wanted to give some benediction to Duryodhana. Duryodhana knew his mystic powers, and he knew also that the mystic brahmana, if dissatisfied, could cause some havoc, and thus he designed to engage the brahmana to show his wrath upon his enemy cousins, the Pandavas. When the rsi wanted to award some benediction to Duryodhana, the latter wished that he should visit the house of Maharaja Yudhisthira, who was the eldest and chief among all his cousins. But by his request he would go to him after he had finished his meals with his Queen, Draupadi. Duryodhana knew that after Draupadi’s dinner it would be impossible for Maharaja Yudhisthira to receive such a large number of brahmana guests, and thus the rsi would be annoyed and would create some trouble for his cousin Maharaja Yudhisthira. That was the plan of Duryodhana. Durvasa Muni agreed to this proposal, and he approached the King in exile, according to the plan of Duryodhana, after the King and Draupadi had finished their meals.

Bill Clinton volunteers for serving Prasadam at the Hare Krishna Temple in Bangalore

Bill Clinton volunteers for serving Prasadam at the Hare Krishna Temple in Bangalore

On his arrival at the door of Maharaja Yudhisthira, he was at once well received, and the King requested him to finish his noontime religious rites in the river, for by that time the foodstuff would be prepared. Durvasa Muni, along with his large number of disciples, went to take a bath in the river, and Maharaja Yudhisthira was in great anxiety about the guests. As long as Draupadi had not taken her meals, food could be served to any number of guests, but the rsi, by the plan of Duryodhana, reached there after Draupadi had finished her meals.

When the devotees are put into difficulty, they have an opportunity to recollect the Lord with rapt attention. So Draupadi was thinking of Lord Krishna in that dangerous position, and the all-pervading Lord could at once know the dangerous position of His devotees. He therefore came there on the scene and asked Draupadi to give whatever food she might have in her stock. On her being so requested by the Lord, Draupadi was sorrowful because the Supreme Lord asked her for some food and she was unable to supply it at that time. She said to the Lord that the mysterious dish which she had received from the sun-god could supply any amount of food if she herself had not eaten. But on that day she had already taken her meals, and thus they were in danger.

By expressing her difficulties she began to cry before the Lord as only a woman would do in such a position. The Lord, however, asked Draupadi to bring up the cooking pots to see if there was any particle of foodstuff left, and on Draupadi’s doing so, the Lord found some particle of vegetable sticking to the pot. The Lord at once picked it up and ate it. After doing so, the Lord asked Draupadi to call for her guests, the company of Durvasa.

Bhima was sent to call them from the river. Bhima said, “Why are you delaying, sirs? Come on, the food is ready for you.” But the brahmanas, because of Lord Krishna’s accepting a little particle of food, felt sumptuously fed, even while they were in the water. They thought that since Maharaja Yudhisthira must have prepared many valuable dishes for them and since they were not hungry and could not eat, the King would feel very sorry, so it was better not to go there. Thus they decided to go away.

This incident proves that the Lord is the greatest mystic, and therefore He is known as Yogesvara. Another instruction is that every householder must offer food to the Lord, and the result will be that everyone, even a company of guests numbering ten thousand, will be satisfied because of the Lord’s being satisfied. That is the way of devotional service.

2 thoughts on “Every Householder Must Offer Food to the Lord – You Can Thus Satisfy All Your Guests

  1. Please help. I have a Krishna photo in my altar but the photo is till waist only. I was told that a photo must be a full one. Is this true?

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    • Dear Mr. Naidu,

      There is no such injunction as far as a photograph of Krishna is concerned. You can continue to worship Krishna through the photo that you have on your alter. This is kaliyuga, the age of Kali, where the yuga dharma is hari nama sankirtan (kalau tad hari kirtanad), i.e. the chanting of the holy names of Lord Krishna. Therefore we should give more weightage and importance to the chanting of the Hare Krishna mahamantra. The high standards of deity worship are not possible to execute in this particular age. Therefore you may not worry whether your photo is full or only upto the waist. Krishna is “bhaava graahi janaardana”, he accepts your loving sentiments. Therefore try to worship Krishna with love and devotion. Once he is pleased with you, he will give you knowledge from within. So start chanting Hare Krishna and offer food to Krishna and then partake the prasadam.

      Hare Krishna.
      Niraj Bidawatka, Editor
      The Hare Krishna Revolution

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