Meditations on Pure Bhakti #11

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Sri Sri Radha Damodar at Bhaktivedanta Ashram, Austin, Texas, USA

Cooking the Morning Breakfast Offering for the Lord

While I'm here at Bhaktivedanta Ashram one of my morning duties is to prepare the morning offering for Sri Sri Radha Damodar. It is very nice opportunity to render direct service to Lord. Although a very simple offering, it gives me a wonderful opportunity to absorb myself in devotional service. I cook a small batch of oatmeal, bring a cup of milk to a boil, and then cut a variety of fruits and arrange them nicely on the Lord's plate.

One of the most wonderful aspects of Lord Krishna's unlimited glories is that even though He is great and so powerful He agrees to accept even the meager offerings of His devotees if they are offered with love and devotion. He explains this in the Bhagavad-gita:

patram puspam phalam toyam
yo me bhaktya prayacchati
tad aham bhakty-upahrtam
asnami prayatatmanah

"If one offers Me with love and devotion a leaf, a flower, fruit or water, I will accept it." Bhagavad-gita 9.26

Sankarshan das Adhikari