This was the book myself and many early devotees learned to cook from, and remains today my all time favorite cookbook, and is a constant companion in our kitchen. Dedication Prasadam means mercy, and this Prasadam Cookbook is dedicated to the fountainhead of all mercy, the spiritual master, His Divine Grace A. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. He is by nature kind to every living entity, but that ocean of mercy becomes fully visible in his devotees.
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Included below is the Foreword to the book. Perhaps I was still rebelling against my puritan background, in which God had been depicted as a stuffy old man who certainly needed nothing like food. Actually I still wonder at the idea of His eating—but a little differently.
Today I think of how great God must be. Where I not an individual, were God not an individual, and were there not the possibility of a loving exchange, what would be the possibility of Absolute Pleasure? Pleasure can not exist in a void or vacuum, for it is a product of activity; and the supreme activity is the exchange of love between persons.
Everyone hankers for a lover. Then why should we settle for anyone less than the Supreme Lover, Krishna? Srila Prabhupada has given us the formula of how to attract Krishna. Krishna, being God, is not in need of anything. He is atmarama, or self-contained. But He is also the highest Pleasure Absolute, and for the purpose of pleasure He expands Himself by His pleasure potency into millions and billions of living beings who are all meant for His enjoyment. In the spiritual world such spiritual sparks of the Lord are eternally enjoying with the Lord and their existence is called sat-cit-ananda—eternal, full of knowledge and blissful.
The living beings in the material world are also part of that pleasure potency, but due to forgetfulness of their relationship with Krishna they are living independently, trying to lord it over the resources of material nature for their own pleasure. This transcendental cookbook is designed to help you transform one of the most important daily chores into a spiritual reservoir of bliss. You may follow it all or in part.
The idea is to completely engage your in service to Krishna, and it is promised that if you agree to be thus engaged, you will also enjoy unlimitedly. If you cannot follow all the rules and regulations, follow what you can. At least one can prepare pure vegetarian foods with all care for cleanliness and then offer them simply with love and devotion. The main point is to begin.
Offer something nice to Krishna with love and devotion and see for yourself what happens. That is the miracle of prasadam! The Yoga Diet Lord Krishna says in Bhagavad-gita that yoga is not from him he eats too much or for him who eats too little.
Rather, one who is actually practicing yoga sees the body as a valuable boat which has to be maintained very nicely in order to get across this ocean of material existence which is full of birth, old age, disease and death. Therefore, the yoga diet is designed to supply the body with all necessary nutrients, without pandering to the whims of our changing senses.
The principal of regulation is strictly adhered to, and the daily fare is almost unchanging. This is very important for a brahmacari, or celibate student, for if the tongue is agitated for sense enjoyment, all the other senses follow. We do not suggest that you have to follow this diet, but it is included for those who desire to know it. The Sunday feast is an opportunity for everyone to participate in the opulence of Krishna. Again the principle is regulation, and the particular feast menu included here is chosen for its authentic quality, all of the preparations being great favorites of our beloved spiritual master, His Divine Grace A.
Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. Morning prasadam: raw chick-peas, ginger, fruit, cereal and milk. Noon prasadam: dhal, rice, chapatis and curried vegetable Bedtime prasadam: milk The Sunday love feast: rice and peas, wet cauliflower and potatoes, puris, samosa, halavah, sweet rice, sweet balls, pineapple chutney sweet and hot , rhubarb chutney salty and hot and dahi.
The Hare Krishna Book of Vegetarian Cooking
I understand that in London, Yamuna Dasi has already done some work on this same project, so you may correspond with her in this connection. I know that at our feasts especially many persons become interested in preparing foodstuffs in this way, so this cookbook is a nice thing to instruct such persons in preparing and offering nice prasadam for the Lord. So when there is some tangible book ready for publication, please inform me, and we shall try to arrange for its publication. I am pleased to note your description of the increasing interest in vegetarian diet in this country.
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This was the book myself and many early devotees learned to cook from, and remains today my all time favorite cookbook, and is a constant companion in our kitchen. Dedication Prasadam means mercy, and this Prasadam Cookbook is dedicated to the fountainhead of all mercy, the spiritual master, His Divine Grace A. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. He is by nature kind to every living entity, but that ocean of mercy becomes fully visible in his devotees. Srila Prabhupada has not given us some dry, canned philosophy to chew; he has given us the nectar for which we have sought so long: he has taught us how to render transcendental loving service to the Lord in all our daily activities. This book illustrates on of them. The Process of Krsna Consciousness is usually described as one of dinging, dancing and feasting.