Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev.
Once Sripad Ramanujacharya was walking along with his 5 top sannyasi disciples. Stopping by a pond, he took some prasadam and threw half of it in the water for the fishes. Then he got up to walk on. Just then the fishes which had taken the prasadam assumed four-handed forms and rose up in the air, returning home, back to Godhead. The sannyasis were stunned to see this miraculous incident. They asked Sripad Ramanujacharya, "We are thunder- struck. Please explain what we have just seen." Ramanujacharya answered, "You've seen the power of taking maha-prasadam." They asked further, "But we are taking your maha-prasadam daily, and this is not happening to us." Ramanuja said, "These creatures have no free will, and therefore make no offense. Nor do they doubt the transcendental power of mahaprasadam. So they get full benefit at once. But you with your free will and human intelligence make offenses and are lacking in faith, and thus you hinder your own progress." Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu gives a fantastic explanation on the glory of Mahaprasadam in CC Antya lila 16th chapter verse 59-63:
kṛṣṇera ucchiṣṭa haya ‘mahā-prasāda’ nāma
‘bhakta-śeṣa’ haile ‘mahā-mahā-prasādākhyāna’
The remnants of food offered to Lord Krsna are called maha-prasadam. After this same maha-prasadam has been taken by a devotee, the remnants are elevated to maha-maha-prasadam.
bhakta-pada-dhūli āra bhakta-pada-jala bhakta-bhukta-avaśeṣa, — tina mahā-bala
The dust of the feet of a devotee, the water that has washed the feet of a devotee, and the remnants of food left by a devotee are three very powerful substances.
ei tina-sevā haite kṛṣṇa-premā haya punaḥ punaḥ sarva-śāstre phukāriyā kaya
By rendering service to these three, one attains the supreme goal of ecstatic love for Krsna. In all the revealed scriptures this is loudly declared again and again.
tāte bāra bāra kahi, śuna bhakta-gaṇa viśvāsa kariyā kara e-tina sevana
Therefore, my dear devotees, please hear from me, for I insist again and again: please keep faith in these three and render service to them without hesitation.
tina haite kṛṣṇa-nāma-premera ullāsa kṛṣṇera prasāda, tāte ‘sākṣī’ kālidāsa
From these three one achieves the highest goal of life-ecstatic love of Krsna. This is the greatest mercy of Lord Krsna. The evidence is Kalidasa himself.
"Prasadam" means Krsna's mercy because Krsna is so kind that He helps us to make spiritual advancement even by eating.
Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev,
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