Prasādam Prayers I
Songs for the Honoring of Spiritual Food
These songs should be sung before honoring the Lord’s prasāda.
The Glorification of the Lord’s Prasāda From Mahābhārata
viśvāso naiva jāyate
O king, for those with little pious credit, faith in mahā-prasāda, Śrī Govinda, the holy name, and the Vaiṣṇavas never arises.
From Śrīla Saccidānanda Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura’s Gītāvalī
śarīra avidyā-jāl, joḍendriya tāhe kāl,
jīve phele viṣaya-sāgore
tā’ra madhye jihwā ati, lobhamoy sudurmati,
tā’ke jetā kaṭhina saṁsāre
kṛṣṇa baro doyāmoy, koribāre jihwā jay,
swa-prasād-anna dilo bhāi
sei annāmṛta pāo, rādhā-kṛṣṇa-guṇa gāo,
preme ḍāko caitanya-nitāi
bhāi-re — O brothers; śarīra — material body; avidyā — ignorance; jāl —network; joḍa-indriya — material senses; tāhe — they; kāl — death; jīve — the soul; phele — throw; viṣaya — of sense enjoyment; sāgore — the ocean; tā’ra — them; madhye — among; jihwā — the tongue; ati lobhamoy — most voracious; su-durmati — uncontrollable; tā’ke — that; jetā — to conquer; kaṭhina — very difficult; saṁsāre — in this world.
kṛṣṇa — Kṛṣṇa; baro —very ; doyāmoy — kind; koribāre — doing; jihwā — of the tongue; jay — control; swa-prasād — His own remnants; anna — food; dilo — have given ; bhāi — O friends ; sei — that; amṛta — nectar; pāo — let us eat; rādhā-kṛṣṇa — Radhā and Kṛṣṇa; guṇa — the qualities; gāo — sing; preme — with love; ḍāko — call on ; caitanya-nitāi — Lord Caitanya and Nityānanda.
O Lord, this material body is a place of ignorance, and the senses are a network of paths to death. Somehow, we have fallen into this ocean of material sense enjoyment, and of all the senses the tongue is most voracious and uncontrollable; it is very difficult to conquer the tongue in this world.
But You, dear Kṛṣṇa, are very kind to us and have given us such nice prasāda, just to control the tongue. Now we take this prasāda to our full satisfaction and glorify You Lord-Rādhā and Kṛṣṇa-and in love call for the help of Lord Caitanya and Nityānanda.