The Yoga of Food

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What’s the difference between spiritual food and material food? It’s the same as the difference between spiritual and material anything: spiritual means “alive, real, and satisfying” whereas material means “temporary, illusory & disappointing”.

Bhakti yoga aims to spiritualise every aspect of our lives, turning everyday, mundane activities into opportunities to experience the deepest happiness. So, when we cook as a conscious, loving act of service to the Divine – offering everything we make to Krishna – and eat in the same way, both our cooking and our eating become spiritualised, nourishing body, mind, and spirit. Once you taste prasadam (food prepared in such a way), you won’t want to eat anything else.

How do we know what Krishna accepts and what He doesn’t? Krishna tells us Himself in great detail in authorised books such as Bhagavad Gita and Srimad Bhagavatam.

Is it really possible to become self-realized simply by eating? Absolutely.

Prasadam, which literally means “mercy,” nourishes the body, mind, and soul. It can liberate anyone from suffering and bestow eternal happiness upon them. Prasadam is so powerful because food offered to Krishna becomes transformed into a spiritual substance which is nondifferent from Him. In a purport to Bhagavad-gita (4.24) Srila Prabhupada explains how this is so: “The Absolute Truth covered by maya is called matter. Matter dovetailed for the cause of the Absolute Truth regains its spiritual quality.”

From this quotation we can see how the concept of prasadam extends beyond food to anything with a connection to Krishna. As soon as something or someone is connected to Krishna, it, she, or he becomes spiritualized—Krishna-ized.

The secret of this conversion is LOVE. Krishna is attracted by the humility and love of His devotee. The spice of love is the tasty ingredient that induces Him to eat an offering. Devotees therefore try to do everything with love. They strive for every word, thought and action to be heartfelt, and in so doing they attract the attention of Krishna, who is sometimes known as “Madhan Mohan” – He who can enchant even Cupid.

Part of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness: Founder-Acarya His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

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Our last KCSoc program of the year is TONIGHT! Join us at 6pm in Keynes building for mantra meditation, film, philosophy and FOOD before we return in January in a bigger, better space with some very special guests 🙌🏽📚😝🙏🏽😍 #harekrishna #canterbury #kent #kirtan #mantra #meditation #igerskent #igerscanterbury #inspiration #music #philosophy #food #spirituality #spiritual #krishna #consciousness #yoga #chanting #dharma #happy #happiness #awakening #oneness #bhakti #ukc #kcsoc Did you manage to get one of our transcendental books on the UKC campus this week? Don’t worry if not, we had so much fun hanging out at the book table that we want to come and do it all again!! So we’ll be outside essentials on Monday 12th December to send you all home with a few transcendental Christmas presents! 
#harekrishna #canterbury #kent #kirtan #mantra #meditation #igerskent #igerscanterbury #inspiration #music #philosophy #food #spirituality #spiritual #krishna #consciousness #yoga #chanting #dharma #happy #happiness #awakening #oneness #bhakti #kcsoc #ukc Last week’s feast! Vegetable rice, dal, chickpea sabji, potato wedges, chocolate brownies, peanut brittle, mango lassi, apple pie & custard, puris, tomato chutney, cheesy vegetable pie AND sweet rice!! What we will we have this week?? Come to Conquest House at 2pm to find out!! 😜🍽🤤 #harekrishna #canterbury #kent #kirtan #mantra #meditation #igerskent #igerscanterbury #inspiration #music #philosophy #food #spirituality #spiritual #krishna #consciousness #yoga #chanting #dharma #happy #happiness #awakening #oneness #bhakti #prasadam #foodphotography #mercy What a blessing to be spending time in a place which makes spiritual practice feel so easy!

#harekrishna #canterbury #kent #kirtan #mantra #meditation #igerskent #igerscanterbury #inspiration #music #philosophy #food #spirituality #spiritual #krishna #consciousness #yoga #chanting #dharma #happy #happiness #awakening #oneness #bhakti #sadhana #retreat #japa #spain #holiday We can’t think of a time when we’ve seen a more breathtaking altar than this! Feeling lots of inspiration as to how make our Sunday Love Feast even more wonderful when we get back from Spain! 
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Today is Govardhan Puja, the day when devotees celebrate the pastime whereby Krishna lifted Govardhan Hill to protect the inhabitants of Vrindavan from a storm sent by Lord Indra. We are currently away on a retreat to celebrate this festival at a devotee farm community in sunny Spain... expect more pictures soon of our transcendental trip!! #harekrishna #mantra #meditation #igerskent #igerscanterbury #inspiration #music #philosophy #food #spirituality #spiritual #krishna #consciousness #yoga #chanting #dharma #happy #happiness #awakening #oneness #bhakti Such a great afternoon today with Govinda das leading kirtan and sharing his insights into spiritual life... loving our new venue too! #lucky #friendship #harekrishna #canterbury #kent #kirtan #mantra #meditation #igerskent #igerscanterbury #inspiration #music  #bhagavadgita #spirituality #spiritual #krishna #consciousness #yoga A quick glimpse of our recent Friday night program. What a beautiful venue!! Although we’re sad to be leaving the wonderful West Track Studios behind, we are very lucky to also be holding our weekly Sunday Love Feast here every week starting from today, so please pop along to Conquest House on Palace Street for the usual mix of music, meditation, dance, food & philosophy every Sunday from 2pm 🎉🙌🏼🥁🎶🗣👂🏽💃🌸🎹📚📿🕺🏼 #harekrishna #canterbury #kent #kirtan #mantra #meditation #igerskent #igerscanterbury #inspiration #music #philosophy #food #spirituality #spiritual #krishna #consciousness #yoga #chanting #dharma #happy #happiness #awakening #oneness #bhakti

Upcoming Events

  • Bhagavad Gita Book Club December 15, 2017 at 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Conquest House Gallery, 17 Palace St, Canterbury CT1 2DZ, UK
  • Saturday Sankirtan December 16, 2017
  • Sunday Love Feast December 17, 2017 at 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm Conquest House Gallery, 17 Palace St, Canterbury CT1 2DZ, UK
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