Devotion is Krishna’s appetizer (Gita Daily)

Published on Oct 22, 2013

Based on Bhagavad Gita Chapter 09, Text 26

Some people ask, “God is complete and doesn’t need anything. As he never feels hungry, what is the need to offer him food?”

This question is natural and valid because God is often depicted as a self-satisfied Supreme Being. Gita wisdom acknowledges this depiction, but also reveals a much higher conception of God: as an all-attractive person who delights in loving reciprocations with his devotees, as Krishna. At this level of understanding, God as Krishna delights in loving reciprocations so much that he hungers for them. His hunger, however, is not like our hunger that is driven by bodily necessity. His hunger is completely transcendental, motivated only by the profound dynamics of pure spiritual love.

So, while it is true that Krishna doesn’t feel materially hungry, a higher truth is that the devotion in his devotee’s heart acts as his appetizer. When a devotee offers him food with devotion, he feels so acutely hungry that he becomes ready, even eager, for the simplest of foods. That’s why he says in the Bhagavad-gita (09.26) that he accepts even a leaf, a flower, a fruit or just a little bit of water when any of these is offered with devotion.

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