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What is special about Prasadam?

The literal meaning of the Sanskrit word “prasadam” is mercy. So when we say “Krishna prasadam” we are referring to Krishna’s mercy.

 

 

Q.) Does God actually eat the food which we offer? Watch this video to know more.........

  

Hdayānanda: A devotee, how can he control his tongue?

Prabhupāda: He can take prasādam. (laughter) Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura has said  like that, tā'ra madhye jihwā ati, lobhamoy sudurmati, tā'ke jetā kaṭhina saṁsāre:  "Out of all the senses, the tongue sense is very powerful. So it is very difficult to  control it." So he says, tā'ra madhye jihwā ati, lobhamoy sudurmati: "The tongue is  very greedy and very difficult to be controlled. Therefore Kṛṣṇa has given us one  weapon." What is that? Kṛṣṇa baṛo doyāmoy, koribāre jihwā jay, swa-prasād-anna  dilo bhāi: "Kṛṣṇa is very kind. Therefore He has given us His remnants of  foodstuff." So if we make this promise, that "I shall not take anything which is not  offered to Kṛṣṇa," then your tongue will be controlled. And in the śāstra it is said  that you cannot understand Kṛṣṇa... Ataḥ śrī-kṛṣṇa-nāmādi. Not only Kṛṣṇa, even    His name you cannot understand with these imperfect senses.

ataḥ śrī-kṛṣṇa-nāmādi

na bhaved grāhyam indriyai

sevonmukhe hi jihvāda

svayam eva sphuraty ada

[Cc. Madhya 17.136]

"But when you engage your tongue in the service of Kṛṣṇa, then Kṛṣṇa reveals Himself." So the tongue's business is twofold. One is with tongue we speak—it vibrates sound—and another business is with tongue we taste nice foodstuff. So if you engage this tongue in the matter of Kṛṣṇa's service by vibrating Hare Kṛṣṇa mantra, and if you don't allow your tongue to touch anything which is not offered to Kṛṣṇa, then you become immediately Kṛṣṇa-realized soul. So when the tongue is controlled, all other senses are automatically controlled. This is the process.