Eating Out

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
29 July 2013

 

Do you have any questions?

 

Question: When will you come in London?

I am always with you. If you have eyes, you can see me; it is a material question. [His Divine Grace chuckles.]

 

Devotee: I am so happy to see you, Maharaj! We hear beautiful classes here all the time, but your words are so powerful, they are giving us so much life!

This is what is necessary. As I was saying, it is necessary to practise what is in favour of devotion, necessary to have enthusiasm and not to slack in your service. These are the main things for your service and proper practising.

Also you must avoid eating what you have not offered, what is not prasadam. Always avoid the outside food. I heard it from Gurudev.

One time, soon after I joined the temple, I asked Gurudev why we must avoid the outside food—like, if you go to some restaurant, there is some vegetarian food, why must we avoid it? And I heard the answer from Gurudev. We avoid the outside food (the food that has not been offered to the Lord) because the person who cooks that food has some material desire and that desire will slowly, slowly come to you, and it will eventually remove devotional activities from your life. You must understand that it is harmful for your practising life. It is very bad.

 

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