Why Offer Food to God?
|Sri Sri Radha Ramana Bihari (Radha and Krishna) and Gauranga from our local Hare Krishna temple.|
So back to offering naivedyam- I guesss you are wondering that if God is all-powerful, then why does He need to eat food from us? -Well He doesn't need to! (At least, He doesn't as long as our perception of Him is as the all-powerfu Supreme Being; when we come to realise His original form we will naturally want to look after him in the mood of eg: a close friend or a parent- read "The Nectar of Devotion" by AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada to learn more about this.) He accepts our offerings (See Gita quote above) because He wants to taste our love for Him more than the food itself. Bhakti yoga is all about connecting (that's what the word yoga means) with God on a soul level- in other words, we are not our bodies, but we are embodied souls, or jivas. As we are embodied in this material world, we find it hard to remember our real identity, as jivas who are at once part and parcel of God, yet separate from Him. We exist to lovingly serve God, and He in turn loves us and will nurture and sustain us. This is just a very, very simplified outline of why we make offerings of naivedyam. It's a loving exchange with God. I recommend "Kitchen of Love", a fantastic cookbook about food and spirituality, for further reading on this subject. (It's available form Amazon, or also through me.) If you want to know a bit more about Bhakti Yoga philosophy, look here on my page "What is Bhakti Yoga?"