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Food for Life Program Enlivens Bristol

by Parasuram das
Photos by Krishna Mayi dasi

Posted May 23, 2012

īśāvāsyam idaṁ sarvaṁ
yat kiñca jagatyāṁ jagat
tena tyaktena bhuñjīthā
mā gṛdhaḥ kasya svid dhanam

"Everything animate or inanimate that is within the universe is controlled and owned by the Lord. One should therefore accept only those things necessary for himself, which are set aside as his quota, and one must not accept other things, knowing well to Whom they belong."

Within this planet Earth, there are so many living entities, all struggling hard for existence. They have forgotten that while the supreme Isvara, or general manager, has organized enough resources for everyone to live on, in these unfortunate times there is so much local mismanagement that one-third of the food produced in the West ends up in rubbish dumps, polluting the environment whilst many go hungry.

With this in mind we have been involved in festivals called "Feed the 5,000," echoing a famous story of Jesus. Good food is collected from the retailers that might normally be dumped due to being the wrong shape or colour or size or simply having been produced in a larger amount than could readily be sold.

We get a group of volunteers together to chop and prepare it, and the next morning the magic starts as the cookers are lit. People are amazed to see the size of the pots — and to be honest, these pots are nevertheless rather small; we just bought through more pots in India that are three times bigger than the pots shown in the two bottom pictures. We shipped them from India, and they should arrive soon. A funny story; I had gone to the kitchen in Vrindavan and seen these massive pots, and the head cook informed me that the pots were too big for use in the Krishna-Balaram Temple kitchen. They were in fact planning on sending them back to Agra to exchange them for smaller ones. That was it: it is what you call Krishna's arrangement.

On May 12, 2012, this festival took place in Bristol to great media coverage. I got to speak to the mayor, and (the main thing) 5,000 people each got a delicious plate of prasad. Everyone had a great time. Hare Krishna! Our great asset is that devotees know how to make delicious prasad on a massive scale, and if you don t know how to cook big quanties, please contact us, as the London Rathayatra festival is approaching again, and we are doing on-the-spot cookery lessons.

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