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March 3, 2013

Prabhupada celebrated the appearance day of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati in Gorakhpur. At the morning gathering he said, "We should honor this day and very respectfully pray to Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Gosvami that "We are engaged in your service, so give us strength. Give us intelligence. We are being guided by your servant.' So in this way we have to pray. And I think in the evening we shall distribute prasadam. There will be so many guests coming, so they can be distributed prasadam."

Prabhupada said life members and other friends should be invited for the flower offering at noon. One of the devotees asked about the feast.

Prabhupada: "Feasting means puri and halava and a vegetable and chutney. That's all--four things. Make it simple."

Tamala Krsna: "Prabhupada? You want us to offer a feast to your Guru Maharaja at noontime? A special plate of feast?"

Prabhupada: "Not a special plate. The process is that whatever we offer to the Deity, that is offered to guru. And guru offers to his guru. In this way, it goes to Krsna. We don't directly offer to Radha-Krsna. No. We have no right. Nor does Krsna accept in that way. The pictures of the acaryas--why are they there? Actually you have to offer the plate to your guru, and he will offer to his guru, he offers to his guru, his guru. In this way, it will go to Krsna. That is the process. You cannot directly approach Krsna or predecessor acaryas. That is not possible."(from Srila Prabhupada lilamrta)