Prasāda-sevā

Updated: Aug 17, 2020

This ISKCON Hare Kṛṣṇa movement is meant to bring a cultural revolution into the lives of misguided souls of this world and age. Because the eating has been a major part of all the people, regardless of their race and creed, it plays substantial part in the culture and education of Śrīla prabhupāda’s movement.

Education and culture means preaching. Education without culture is mental speculation, just a theory, which due to lack of dedication and determination is not put into practice. It is a pride fulfillment, “See? I know so much.” Like academics do. They collect so much knowledge just for the sake to pride themselves with it. It is an intellectual collectible, like relic hunters like to posses. Something is out there for hundred and thousands of years, just completely dried out, some sucked up creepy mummy. Somebody dug it up and added it to a museum collection. No use of it. There must be very tight dynamic link between education and culture. If we know something good like sambandha-jñāna then if we do not practice it and teach it others, we are just creating another version of secular system. Practice of it keeps our minds tuned to the activities of Vaikuṇṭha-dhāma. We practice how to apply it here, like apprentice do, so we can more easily achieve prayojana, the goal. There must be no hostility towards the abhidheya – practice, apprenticeship (mad-bhakteṣv abhidhāsyati). Since food is very important part of human life, we are shedding some light there in this context (Bg 16.88):

ya idaṁ paramaṁ guhyaṁ mad-bhakteṣv abhidhāsyati bhaktiṁ mayi parāṁ kṛtvā mām evaiṣyaty asaṁśayaḥ

“For one who explains this supreme secret to the devotees, pure devotional service is guaranteed, and at the end he will come back to Me.

āmi — ‘sambandha’-tattva, āmāra jñāna-vijñāna āmā pāite sādhana-bhakti ‘abhidheya’-nāma