Sunday Talk at the Radha Gopinath Temple in Chowpatti, Mumbai, India.
On June 16, 2013 I was asked to give the Sunday lecture to the congregation at the famous Radha Gopinatha temple in Mumbai, India. My talk was an introduction to food yoga, a solution to world hunger and a general overview of Food for Life’s work around the world.
Respectfully, I wore the traditional dhoti (wrapped cloth tied and pleated at the front and back), a shirt and shawl to cover my upper body, and the holy tilak markings on my forehead. Tilak is made from the clay of the holy ganges and mixed with water to create a mud that I then create a symbol signifying the footprint of God, Krishna.
My talk was attentively heard by a packed crowd. As many as 500 crammed into the temple on this rainy monsoon Sunday. However, I later found out that on a non-rainy day they can get as many as 1000.
I began my talk discussing the essential philosophy of Food for Life by quoting some important writings of the founder of Food for Life and ISKCON, Srila Prabhupada, who said:
“The Krishna consciousness movement is based on this principle: Chant the Hare Krishna maha mantra at every moment, as much as possible, both inside and outside of the temples, and, as far as possible, distribute prasada. This process can be accelerated with the cooperation of state administrators and those who are producing the country’s wealth. Simply by liberal distribution of prasada and sankirtana, the whole world can become peaceful and prosperous.” (Srimad Bhagavatam, purport: 4.12.10).
The create peace and prosperity in the world, through the liberal distribution of pure plant-based meals prepared with loving intention.
Everyone should be given a chance to take prasada and thus be induced to chant the holy names of Hare Krishna and also dance in ecstasy. By these three processes, although performed without knowledge or education, even a dog went back to Godhead.” (CC Antya lila 1.32).