By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
You must have sense gratification, eating, sleeping, mating—but as far as you can maintain your body very nicely. Not that voluntarily you shall starve. No.
Just like these boys and girls, we are not starving. But our eating krsna-prasādam means just to live nicely for executing Krishna consciousness. We are not meant for going to the cinema or for other sense gratification purposes, but because we have got this body, there is no question that we shall stop eating.
We eat prasādam, krsna -prasādam, and that is very palatable. Krishna should be offered first class preparations because Krishna is the Supreme Lord. But if we don’t have money to supply Him nice things, then Krishna will be satisfied, as Krishna says, patram puspam phalam toyam yo me bhaktyā prayacchati. Krishna wants that you offer Him something with devotional love, that’s all.
Krishna is not hungry. Krishna is ātmārāma. He is self-sufficient. He does not require (anything from us). He is producing food for us. That’s a fact. We get so many fruits and flowers. We don’t manufacture it in the factory; neither it is possible. It is manufactured by Krishna. Raso ‘ham apsu kaunteya prabhāsmi śaśi-sūryayoh [Bg. 7.8]. By the action of His different energies these things are produced. For whom are these things are produced? “For Krishna?” No. “For us.”
Eko bahūnām vidadhāti kāmān: He is maintaining us. So is it not our duty to offer Him first, “Sir, You have supplied so many nice things. You take first, then we shall…”? This is bhakti. It is just like worshiping mother Ganges with Ganges water. You have all seen that those who are devotees of mother Ganges, they go in the Ganges water, and after taking bath, take a little water from the Ganges River and they again pour it with some mantra. Now from the river Ganges if you take, say, one pound of water, and if you pour it again, one pound, then what is the loss and gain? But by using the Ganges water in that way, you become a devotee of the mother.
Similarly, what can we offer to Krishna? Everything belongs to Krishna, and if in the store of Krishna there are millions and millions of tons of fruits and flowers, and if you take one or two of them and offer to Krishna, so what is Krishna’s loss? And if you offer one fruit to Krishna, what is His gain? Krishna is not concerned with your offering and not offering, but if you offer, it is for your interest. It is for your interest. So, Krishna will recognize, “Here is a devotee.”
[An excerpt from a lecture delivered on the Srimad Bhagavatam 1.2.8 in Bombay on 26-Dec-1972]