Category Archives: Diet / Food habits

Onion and Garlic – Why to avoid

Q. Why should we avoid Onion to eat? I don’t eat onion. I want to know so that I can convince other persons.

A. Onion and garlic come under the category of foods in the mode of passion and ignorance. Therefore, they cannot be offered to Krishna. They also have a foul smell, a sign of tamasic food.

There is also a Vedic reference: The Manu-smriti (5.5) says, lasunam caiva palandu abhaksyani—“Garlic and onions are unworthy of eating.”

Prayers for Offering Food to Krishna

Q. Can you tell me the prayer which I am supposed to say whlie offering food to the Lord?

A. Make a plate with a little portion from each preparation.A Place it before a Picture of the Lord or the Deities and while ringing the bell in your left hand lovingly chant each of the following mantras three times:

nama om vishnu-padaya krishna-preshthaya bhu-tale
srimate bhaktivedanta-svamin iti namine
namas te sarasvate deve gaura-vani-pracarine
nirvisesha-sunyavadi-paschatya-desa-tarine

I offer my respectful obeisances unto His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, who is very dear to Lord Krishna, having taken shelter at His lotus feet. Our respectful obeisances are unto you, O spiritual master, servant of Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Goswami. You are kindly preaching the message of Lord Chaitanyadeva and delivering the Western countries, which are filled with impersonalism and voidism.

namo maha-vadanyaya
krishna-prema-pradaya te
krishnaya krishna-chaitanya-
namne gaura-tvishe namah

O most munificent incarnation! You are Krishna Himself appearing as Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. You have assumed the golden color of Srimati Radharani, and You are widely distributing pure love of Krishna. We offer our respectful obeisances unto You.

namo brahmanya-devaya
go-brahmana-hitaya ca
jagad-dhitaya krishnaya
govindaya namo namah

My Lord, You are the well-wisher of the cows and the brahmanas and You are the well-wisher of the entire human society and world.

You can also chant the Pancha Tattva and Hare Krsna mantras three times:

sri-krishna-chaitanya prabhu-nityananda
sri-advaita gadadhara srivasadi-gaura-bhakta-vrinda

I offer my obeisances to Sri Krishna Chaitanya, Prabhu Nityananda, Sri Advaita, Gadadhara, Srivasa and all others in the line of devotion.

Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare
Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare

Cooking for Krishna

Q. How to prepare and offer food to Krishna ?

A. Preparing and offering food to the Lord shows Him our devotion and gratitude. Krishna doesn’t need to eat, of course, but He accepts the love with which we offer food to Him.

As far as possible, use fresh, natural ingredients for cooking. Krishna accepts only vegetarian food and packaged, store-bought products may contain meat, fish, or eggs. So read labels carefully.

Cleanliness is important in cooking for Krishna . Wash your hands before you begin. And don’t taste the food while cooking; the meal is for Krishna ‘s pleasure, so He should taste it first. It’s best to have a new set of dinnerware used only for Krishna ‘s offerings and not used by anyone else.

Place the plate in front of Krishna and ask Him to accept the offering. Leave the plate there for a few minutes, just as you would if someone else was eating. Remove the plate, transfer the food to a serving plate and wash Krishna ‘s dinnerware. The food is now prasadam, or mercy from Krishna .

While you eat, consider the spiritual value of the food; because Krishna has accepted it, it is spiritually identical to Him. Therefore by eating prasadam you become purified.

Everything you offer Krishna becomes spiritualized prasadam, flowers, incense, water, food. All prasadam should be respected and shared with others. Spread the mercy around.

Purified eating

Q. Why do you forbid eating meat, eggs and advocate vegetarianism? When killing animals and eating is bad why is killing plants/vegetables considered acceptable?

A. When we eat the vegetables and fruits or cereals most of the times we do not have to kill the plant rather we are just taking the produce. And it is nonsensical to equate fully sentient animals like cows with vegetables. Besides, we really have to eat plants, fruits, grains, and so on, because the “vitamins and minerals” found only in these vegetarian foods are essential to keep body and soul together. Certainly, plants are as alive as cows; modern experiments prove that plants have feelings, and the Bhagavada -Gita, the essence of all Vedic teachings, confirms that all life forms contain spirit souls qualitatively equal to one another. But still, we have to eat something, and the Vedas also say, jivo jivasya jivanam: one living entity is food for another in the struggle for existence. So from a humane standpoint, the problem in choosing a diet is not how to avoid killing altogether—an impossible proposal—but how to cause the least suffering while meeting the nutritional needs of the body. A well-balanced diet of fruits, grains, vegetables, and milk products meets these criteria, and this diet is recommended in such scriptures as the Bhagavad-Gita as most truly human. Unlike eating meat which actually involves the violent killing of the innocent animal just to satisfy our tongues, therefore it is considered sinful.

Whether vegetarian or non-vegetarian, in the Bhagavad-Gita (3.13) Krishna says that His devotees are freed from sin because they eat only the remnants of food that has been offered to Him. And, He says, those who cook for themselves eat only sin. At home, “offering food for sacrifice” usually means offering food to whatever deities one worships on one’s home altar. But “offering food for sacrifice” especially means offering food to Lord Krishna, since He is called Yajna (“sacrifice”). And Lord Krishna tells us how He will accept our offering: “If one offers Me with love and devotion a leaf, a flower, fruit, or water, I will accept it.”

Therefore, in Krishna consciousness it is not our goal to be vegetarians. We want to make advancement in our desire to love, please and serve Krishna .