“This Prasadam is Not Ordinary…”

images-1Bali-mardana: I believe I’ve heard you said in other lectures that a person who takes prasādam, even a plant or a…, any kind of living entity who takes prasādam or hears the name, that it will come back at least to human form of life. Is that correct?

Prabhupāda: No, if he’s devotee, then he’ll come. But this taking of prasādam, or hearing Hare Kṛṣṇa mantra is advancement for becoming a devotee. But if he takes prasādam not as ordinary prasādam, foodstuff, he believes that “This is remnants of foodstuffs given to God,” if he understands this philosophy, then guaranteed. If he takes the prasādam as ordinary food, “All right, these people are distributing, prasā… Let me take it. It is very tasteful,” that will give him chance to accept prasādam next, next, next… In this way, one day he’ll come to the point that “This prasādam is not ordinary foodstuff.” Then he’ll… There is guarantee. Because only the devotee can appreciate that “This prasādam is not ordinary foodstuff. It is Kṛṣṇa’s remnant of…” Therefore, he understands Kṛṣṇa. That is said in the Bhagavad-gītā, janma-karma ca me divyaṁ yo jānāti tattvataḥ (BG 4.9). In truth, when he understands, then his life is guaranteed. Why guaranteed? He goes back to home next life. Tyaktvā dehaṁ punar janma naiti (BG 4.9). If you simply can understand what is Kṛṣṇa and what is your relationship with Kṛṣṇa, that is sufficient to take you back to home, back to Godhead. That is sufficient. It is so nice.

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