Yoga is an ancient Vedic science. The word means “to link” or “to connect”, and is a reference to the goal of all the different processes of yoga, which is to relink or restore the broken connection between the soul and the Supreme. All of the different yogic paths are summarized in the classic spirit text the Bhagavad Gita.
Treasured and studied throughout the world, this “Song of God”, the Bhagavad Gita, is the record of a pivotal conversation spoken on a battlefield between Arjuna, a great king and warrior, and Krishna, the Supreme Lord descended to this world.
Arjuna, bewildered by the reality of the fratricidal war he is about to partake in, begs for Krishna’s advice. Though Krishna has been his good friend and cousin for years, and now serves as his charioteer, Arjuna recognizes who He really is and humbly submits himself for instruction.
Krishna illuminates many, many topics in the Bhagavad Gita, including the nature of the soul, the Supreme Soul/God, matter, action, and time. Covering the science of all that He has created, Krishna leaves out no topic important to the yoga process and self-realization of the soul.
One such topic, of course, is food!
Religious traditions all over the world put a great amount of importance on food–regulations and restrictions as to what can be eaten, how eating relates to sacrifice, our duty to feed others, and our dependence on God for everything that nourishes us.
An enormous wealth of traditions and practices exists in the Vedic culture surrounding food, and nearly all of them are drawn from the paths of yoga taught in the Bhagavad Gita and other Vedic scriptures.
Krishna says in Bhagavad Gita:
“If one offers Me with love and devotion a leaf, a flower, a fruit or water, I will accept it.
Whatever you do, whatever you eat, whatever you offer or give away, and whatever austerities you perform–do that, O son of Kunti, as an offering to Me.”
God, of course, needs nothing from us–but He accepts what we offer to Him with love. Traditions of offering candles, incense, food, water, precious metals, and other items to God’s sacred figure or altar can be found in every religion in the world. This process of sacrifice is extremely purifying to the consciousness, and gives each person–no matter if one has nothing to offer but water–a simple way to connect with their eternal position as a soul in relation to the Supreme.
Here at Krishna’s Cuisine we faithfully and joyfully embrace the Vedic traditions of offering food to the Lord. Everything we prepare is made for and offered to Krishna with love and devotion. In the Vedic tradition the food, after being offered, is called “prasadam” or mercy. Considered to be free of karma and free of all sinful reactions, this food is delicious and nourishing not only to the body, but to the soul which is so often starved in this fast-paced and impersonal world.
Offering food (or anything) to God with love and sincerity is extremely personal and can be sensitive–but there is no doubt that such an act is very powerful, not only for those making the offering, but also for those enjoying the delicious prasadam afterwards!