Prasadam - Sanctified Food

√tmanivedi (true) devotees should not eat or drink any such thing which is not offered first to God as an offering.
(Shikshapatri-Verse 60)

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.

*Note: All images of the holy Shikshapatri have been taken from the Oxford Bodleian Library's Digital Shikshapatri Project.

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