On the meaning of Prasad

Moments I treasured during the physical presence of my master was the ancient spiritual tradition of receiving “Prasad” from the master. After each meditation Sri Chinmoy offered his students a sanctified piece of fruit or a candy that he blessed before and gave us as a token of oneness. Asked about the meaning of Prasad Sri Chinmoy answers in one of his books: “Sometimes seekers want to get some tangible thing or some tangible reality from the Master. On the inner plane they have felt their soul or grown into some reality. Inner food they have got while meditating with me, but it is not enough. They also feel the need of outer food. They want something on the outer plane which will convince their physical minds. They feel that the outer offering also has conscious power. So I give them blessingful prasad, sanctified food, which has been blessed by my inner Pilot, who is everybody’s Inner Pilot. Outer nourishment they get when they come into physical contact with me. So, when they get both inner and outer nourishment, their satisfaction is complete.” I took this photo during one of my first meetings with Sri Chinmoy. To receive Prasad from a master are moments you will never forget and even now when we as his disciples gather together for our meetings and meditations, we practice this habit of sharing a piece of food in remembrance of the master’s spirit and love.
The photo was taken in May 1981 in Oxford by Kedar Misani