Namaskaaram to all Bhagavathas!
I have already created a thread named “Food”.
Please refer to this link:
Another question I wanted to ask is, Our family and our neighbours usually exchange all those sweets and special foods particularly during Festival time. But, after I became a devotee, eventhough the same process continues to some extent, I personally feel hesitant to accept our neighbours’ food stuffs, as they are not offered to Bhagavan. Thus, I am the only person in the house to not accept food from our neighbours, because of the fact that it is not prasadam. Seeing this practice of mine, my mother advised me as follows:
“Now you are like this. It’s fine. But what will you do when you get older? Won’t people think differently about you?”
The difficulty I am facing in my mind is although we are giving our neighbours some prasadam and expecting them to honour it, still I am refusing to consume their food. The reason is obviously it’s not prasadam.
But how will they understand this? I am also not in a position to advice our neighbours to offer the food to Bhagavan. I think a lot of Vaishnavas face this difficulty…
What to do in such a situation?