Atman Club of Sri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC) conducted a food festival on 25th April 2017. Fifty persons including faculty members participated. The goal of the event was to impress upon the participants the importance of Sattvic food.
His Grace Shuklambara Dasa and His Grace Akrura Dasa attended the event being invited as Chief Guests by the organizers.
Talk on Food
His Grace Shuklambara Dasa made a 45-minute presentation on the topic “Food Habits”. Quoting from the Bhagavad-Gita, he spoke about the three modes of material nature (triguna) and the division of food in those modes. He also spoke of sanctified food or Prasadam. In the end, sweet Prasadam was distributed to all the festival participants.
Students prepared a variety of delicacies. Some students prepared Sattvic food and offered it to Lord Krishna. All preparations including prasadam were later served to the assembled participants after the program.
Sattvic Food is defined in the Bhagavad-Gita
Bhagavad-gita 17.8āyuḥ-sattva-balārogyasukha-prīti-vivardhanārasyāḥ snigdhāḥ sthirā hṛdyāāhārāḥ sāttvika-priyāḥTRANSLATIONFoods in the mode of goodness increase the duration of life, purify one’s existence and give strength, health, happiness and satisfaction. Such nourishing foods are sweet, juicy, fattening and palatable.PURPORTThc purpose of food is to increase the duration of life, purify the mind and aid bodily strength. This is its only purpose. In the past, great authorities selected those foods that best aid health and increase life’s duration, such as milk products, sugar, rice, wheat, fruits, and vegetables. These foods are very dear to those in the mode of goodness. Some other foods, such as baked corn and molasses, while not very palatable in themselves, can be made pleasant when mixed with milk or other foods. They are then in the mode of goodness. All these foods are pure by nature.His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada