PRASADAM

Prasadam - Offering Food Before We Eat.

    Prasadam literally means “mercy” and devotees of ISKCON use this term to describe pure vegetarian food that has been offered to Lord Krishna. Food that has been offered to the Deities in the temple is known as maha-prasadam.
   
    Most Food contains karma which binds us to the cycle of birth and death because although it may be vegetarian one may still harm other living entities in the process of obtaining it: The farmer may accidentally kill insects during the cultivation of crops or the plants may feel some pain when they are uprooted. However, when the food is prepared for the pleasure of Krishna He accepts the love and devotion present in the offering and removes all sins from it. The karma present in the food is therefore transformed into spiritual energy. Honouring (eating) this sanctified prasadam is the basis of bhakti-yoga and helps one to make tangible spiritual advancement. Sharing and distributing prasadam is also very important!
 

1) bhai-re! sharira avidya-jal, jodendriya tahe kal, jive phele vishaya-sagore ta'ra madhye jihva ati, lobhamoy sudurmati ta'ke jeta kathina samsare

2) krishna baro doyamoy, koribare jihva jay, swa-prasad-anna dilo bhai sei annamrta pao, radha-krishna-guna gao, preme dako chaitanya-nitai

"O brothers! This material body is a place of ignorance, and the senses are a network of paths to death. The senses throw the soul into this ocean of material sense enjoyment and, of all the senses, the tongue is most voracious and uncontrollable; it is very difficult to conquer the tongue in this world. O brothers! Lord Krishna is very kind to us and has given us such nice prasadam, just to control the tongue. Now let us take this prasadam, to our full satisfaction and glorify Their Lordships, Sri Sri Radha and Krishna and, in love, call for the help of Lord Chaitanya and Prabhu Nityananda."

Prasada-sevaya from Bhaktivinoda Thakura's Gitavali

The Prasadam Procedure -