There is a sloka called Maha- Prasade Govinde. You should say it before you start eating. You should do this because it is like you are making the food you eat into prashadam. This is something the people do in ISKCON before the people start eating the prashadam. In my opinion after I say this slokam and eat, the food is better. It feels special. It does not feel like only my mother made it but also like lord Krishna gave it. I did not do this sloka before but now I am and I also starting to see a major difference in how the food tastes. You will love the food you eat even more if you say this mantra and eat. The lord has been very kind to us and has given us this mantra that we can say and make our food better and make it into prashadam.
How to say the mantra
Nama brahmani Vaishnave
Svalpa punya vatam rajan
Visvaso naiva jayate
Sarira avidya jal
Jadondraya tahe kal
Jeeva phala visaya sagora
Tar mandya jeeve ati loboma Sadurmati
Ta ke jati Katina samsara
Krishna boro daymoy Karibaro jiva joy
Svaprasdo dilo bhai
Sei annamrita pao Radha Krishna guna gao
Prema dako chaitanya nitai
Jay nitai Jay Nimai
Hara Krishna Hara Krishna
Krishna Krishna Hara Hara
Hara Rama Hara Rama
Rama Rama Hara Hara
You can also say this after you finish saying this sloka.
Har Har the other person or you can say… Mahadev
Bum Bum the other person or you can say…Mahadev
Shambo the other person or you can say… Mahadev
Mahakalashvar ki the other person or you can say… Jai
Annapurnashvari mata ki the other person or you can say… Jai
Radha Krishna Kannaya ki the other person or you can say… Jai
Translation of sloka
For those how have amassed very few pious activities, their faith in Maha Prasad, Sri Govinda, The holy name and in the Vaishnavas is never born.
O, Lord this material body is a place of ignorance, and the senses are a network of paths leading to death. Somehow we have fallen into this ocean of material sense enjoyment, and of all the senses the tongue is the most voracious and uncontrollable. It is very difficult to conquer the tongue in this world.
But you, dear Krishna are very kind to us and have given us such nice prashadam just to control the tongue. Now we take this prashadam to our full satisfaction and glorify their lordships Sri Sri Radha Krishna, and in love call for the help of lord Chaitanya and lord Nityananda.
Praying God and thanking God before taking the food is a good habit..and join me in praying and eating from today if you didn’t do that already like me before this.
Jai Sri KrishnaAuthor: Vaishnavi Dilipan on March 10, 2018