Live from Saranagati (2)


Srila Prabhupada's Cooker

Aug 18, USA (SUN) — The Balarama Festival at Saranagati is moving towards the end of day number three. After mangal arotik, many devotees gathered at the home of Yamuna devi for a super-excellent seminar on Srila Prabhupada’s instructions for worshipping prasadam. Yamuna devi focused on three key elements of prasadam bhakti: cleanliness, consciousness, and quality. Lilamrta devi read quotes from Srila Prabhupada’s letters on the subject, which Yamuna interspersed with stories of her experiences cooking for, and learning from, Srila Prabhupada in the prasadam kitchen.

Yamuna described many transcendental moments wherein Srila Prabhupada taught the devotees, layer upon layer, about many facets of Krsna Consciousness through the medium of serving the Lord by offering foodstuffs. We discussed ways spiritual life can be enhanced by carefully approaching our prasadam practice in the kitchen, and each devotee expressed to the group how they will endeavour to apply the realizations gained during today’s workshop, once they’re home in their own asrama kitchen ago.

The devotees, particularly those just visiting Saranagati for the first time, were ecstatic when Yamuna allowed us to pass around and take darshan of Srila Prabhupada’s original cooker. Handling this transcendental paraphernalia brought the entire discussion of prasadam to new heights for us all.

After a delicious prasadam lunch at Yoginath dasa’s asrama, the group began practicing for a special kirtan recording session, which was also led by Yamuna devi. The children sang a wonderful round of Nrsimha prayers, followed by two sweet kirtans, led by Yamala Arjuna dasa and Yadubar dasa. We then did a multi-chorused verse of Jaya Radha Madhava, in which eight individuals each led with a single line, followed by a chorus of either the men or the women. The gender lines were thoroughly blurred, as laughing, bewildered men joined in to sing with the women, and vice versa.

This evening, Bala Krsna dasa is showing a video and slide series about the life and history of Saranagati village, which will be followed by evening prasadam and kirtan. Tomorrow, we will hope to share a series of images from the festival, for the pleasure of the devotees.


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