Devotion is the key ingredient in offering prasadam. There are many methods of self-realization, but Lord Krishna is most pleased by devotional service. We should offer to food to Krishna out of love and affection for Him.
Material nature is divided into three different modes, namely the modes of goodness, passion and ignorance. The Vedas divide food into these categories as well, so when preparing prasadam for Lord Krishna, we only offer foods in the mode of goodness, or satvic foods. These foods are strictly vegetarian, meaning they have no traces of meat, fish or eggs. A few other items such as garlic, onions, and any foods containing stimulants such as caffeine are also prohibited. Lord Krishna is also known as Govinda, meaning one who gives protection and pleasure to cows. Milk products and sweets are some of Krishna’s favorite foods.
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