“..one seriously eager to achieve transcendental perfection, Kṛṣṇa consciousness, must eat kṛṣṇa-prasādam. Such food is sāttvika, or in the material quality of goodness, but when offered to Kṛṣṇa it becomes transcendental. Our Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement distributes kṛṣṇa-prasādam, and those who eat such transcendental food are sure to become devotees of the Lord.” CC Antya 1.92
Deva Madhava prabhu had a long cherished desire of serving Krsna prasadam at a huge scale. After 4 years, the seed fructified with MI-Yogafest inviting us as food vendor for a 4 day yoga retreat in Vanderbilt, MI. There was no doubt that Krsna was setting this up because just a week earlier Mother Malati offered us her Sankirtan warrior van. This van had gone on cross country trips multiple times with her and Radhanath Swami maharaj preaching the glories of Mahaprabhu through various festivals. Yet, the van showed no signs of exhaustion and seemed vibrant with Srila Prabhupada sitting straight inside his kutir.
MI Yoga fest attracts a variety of people from all walks of life interested in an alternative yet scientific practice. Some follow the traditional methods such as Kundalini, Vinnyasa etc. whereas others have developed their own such Deity yoga, Partner yoga, Hulu yoga … This festival is like a conference for all the “advancement”, mixtures, virgin styles of Yoga that are being practiced in and around Michigan. Plus, there are yoga enthusiasts who are looking for a break from their fast-paced life. In this short span of time with so many activities going on (yes, 4 sessions in parallel), it becomes little difficult attract people to chanting or bhakti yoga. To our help comes, Srila Prabhupada’s secret weapon against Maya:Krishna Prasadam. We had with Sri Sri Nitai Sacinandanna who are famous for their delicious remnants. This reminds me of the Sivananda Sen’s dog who received the mercy of Mahaprabhu through his remanants. Srila Prabhupada writes there.
This is the result of sādhu-saṅga — consequent association with Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu and promotion back home, back to Godhead. This result is possible even for a dog, by the mercy of the Vaiṣṇava. Therefore, everyone in the human form of life should be induced to associate with devotees. By rendering a little service, even by eating prasādam,what to speak of chanting and dancing, everyone can be promoted to Vaikuṇṭhaloka. ….. Everyone should be given a chance to take prasādam and thus be induced to chant the holy names Hare Kṛṣṇa and also dance in ecstasy. By these three processes, although performed without knowledge or education, even an animal went back to Godhead. CC Antya 1.32
Indeed by the time we left, we had many favorable friends who were bought over by stomach, holy name and Katha. By the blessings of Srila Prabhupada, Mother Malati and many other devotees, from 31st July-3rd Aug, we roughly fed 400 plates of delicious prasadam, had morning and evening Aratis with kirtan, walking/dancing harinama party, distributed Srila Prabhupada’s books, provided japa meditation kits and met 100’s of sattvic souls. Sri Krsna Prasadam ki Jai!! Kitchen Yoga ki Jai!!
siddha hari das