Eating · MADHWA · sloka

Sloka to chant after having food

ಅಗಸ್ತ್ಯಂ ವೈನತೇಯಂ ಚ ಶಮೀಂ ಚ ಬಡಬಾಲನಮ್ |
ಆಹಾರ ಪರಿಣಾಮಾರ್ಥಂ ಸ್ಮರಾಮಿ ಚ ವೃಕೋದರಮ್ ||

agastyaM vainatEyaM cha SameeM cha baDabaalanam |
aahaara pariNaamaarthaM smaraami cha vRukOdaram ||

DEVOTIONAL · Eating · everyday · MADHWA · slokas

Sloka to chant while eating

Eating is an essential everyday activity, which is required in order to live. It is God, who has created each and every thing.

Food, hunger, living beings, all of them form the part of God’s creation.

ಬ್ರಹ್ಮಾರ್ಪಣಂ ಬ್ರಹ್ಮಹವಿಃ
ಬ್ರಹ್ಮಾಗ್ನೌ ಬ್ರಹ್ಮಣಾ ಹುತಮ್ |
ಬ್ರಹೈವ ತೇನ ಗಂತವ್ಯಂ
ಬ್ರಹ್ಮ ಕರ್ಮ ಸಮಾಧಿನಾ  ||

“Brahmaarpanam Brahma Havih Brahmaagnau Brahmana Hutam,
Brahmaiva Tena Gantavyam Brahmakarmasamaadhina”

Meaning:

A practice of offering is Brahman, the religious offering is Brahman, the device of offering is Brahman, and the fire (hunger) to which the offering is made, is also Brahman. For such a one, who abides in everything (Brahman), by him alone Brahman is reached”.

This Shloka implies that god is everywhere, in the food, inside the devotee and even the hunger is God. So, devotee is taking the food (God) to the hunger (God). To summarize, we always thank god for his divine grace.