√tmanivedi (true) devotees should not eat or drink any such
thing which is not offered first to God as an offering.
Perhaps the most important aspect of the Hindu diet
is the offering of food to God. Such a practice perfects the
concept of vegetarianism itself. After offering the food to
God, it is no longer mere nutrition for one's body, but it becomes
prasadam-sanctified food-that nourishes one's body and soul.
The simple act of eating becomes a profound act of devotion.