Bhoga Offering

Krishna explains in the Bhagavad-gita that “if one offers me with love and devotion a leaf, a flower, fruit, or water, I will accept it.”Krishna does not accept meat, fish or eggs. Onions, garlic andcaffeine are also not offered because they cause disturbance to the mind and are therefore not beneficial for meditation and spiritual life. One should use fresh, natural ingredients as far as possible. One should also pay special attention to all labels of items bought in supermarkets: most cheeses contain non-vegetarian rennet, some yogurts contain gelatin and many non-vegetarian products are hidden behind e-numbers,preservatives, flavours and colours.


What can we offer to Krishna?

Krishna explains in the Bhagavad-gita that “if one offers me with love and devotion a leaf, a flower, fruit, or water, I will accept it.”Krishna does not accept meat, fish or eggs. Onions, garlic andcaffeine are also not offered because they cause disturbance to the mind and are therefore not beneficial for meditation and spiritual life. One should use fresh, natural ingredients as far as possible. One should also pay special attention to all labels of items bought in supermarkets: most cheeses contain non-vegetarian rennet, some yogurts contain gelatin and many non-vegetarian products are hidden behind e-numbers,preservatives, flavours and colours.


How to prepare an offering

Cleanliness is next to Godliness, so one should keep the kitchenvery clean. As the food is to be offered to Krishna, the Supreme enjoyer, one should not taste anything before the offering is made.The most essential ingredients are love and devotion, so while cooking one should remember that one is cooking for Krishna’s pleasure. Listening to a Chanting of Srila Prabhupada via japa box helps create a nice meditative mood in the kitchen. You can order japa box from us.


Making an offering

A portion of each preparation is arranged in Krishna’s personal plate and bowls. Fresh water is offered in His cup. A Tulasi leaf is placed on each preparation.Beginners may chant the maha-mantra Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare three times.

For a more elaborate offering the prayers below are chanted three times each while ringing a bell. Although the offering is made to Krishna, it is done through the spiritual master, Srila Prabhupada,so we begin with prayers to his lotus feet:

  1. Prayer to Srila Prabhupada :

    nama om visnu-padaya krishna-presthaya bhutale srimate bhaktivedanta-swamin iti naminenamas te sarasvate deve gaura-vani- pracharine nirvishesha sunyavadi paschyatya desha tarine offer my respectful obesciences unto His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada, who is very dear to Lord Krishna, having taken shelter at His lotus feet. Our respectful Obesciences are unto you, O spiritual master, servant of Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Gosvami. You are kindly preaching the message of Lord Chaitanya Deva and delivering the Westerncountries, which are filled with impersonalism and voidism.

  2. Prayer to Lord Chaitanya :

    namo maha-vadanyaya krishna-prema- pradaya te krishnaya krishna-chaitanya- namne gaura-twishe namah O most munificent incarnation! You are Krishna Himself appearing as Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. You have assumed the golden colour of Srimati Radharani and You are widely distributing pure love of Krishna. We offer our respectful obesciences unto You.

  3. Prayer to Lord Krishna :

    amo brahmanya-devaya go-brahmana- hitaya ca jagad-dhitaya krishnaya govindaya namo namahI offer my respectful obesciencesunto Lord Krishna, who is theworshipable Deity for all brahmanas, the well-wisher of the cowsand the brahmanas and the benefactor of the whole world. I offer my repeated obesciences to the Personality of Godhead, known as Krishna and Govinda. After offering the food to the Lord, we wait some minutes for Him to relish the preparations. Then the food is transferred from Krishna’s plate back into their respective recipients. Krishna’s plates need to be washed before the prasadam is served.A special prayer is recited by devotees before honouring the prasadam, to thank the Lord for his mercy.


Prasada-sevaya from Bhaktivinoda Thakura s Gitavali

maha-prasade govinde

nama-brahmani vaisnave

svalpa-punya- vatam rajan

visvaso naiva jayate

bhai-re!

sarira abidya-jal, jodendriya tahe kal,

jibe phele bisaya-sagore

ta'ra madhye jihva ati, lobhamoy sudurmati

ta'ke jeta kathina somsare

krsna baro doyamoy, karibare jihva jay,

swa-prasad- anna dilo bhai

sei annamrta khao, radha-krsna- guna gao,

preme dako caitanya-nitai

O king, for those who have amassed very few pious activities, their faith in maha-prasada, in Sri Govinda, in the Holy Name and in the Vaisnava is never born.

"O brothers! This material body is a place of ignorance, and the senses are a network of paths to death. The senses throw the soulinto 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."