Mantra to be recited before having food


ब्रह्मार्पणं ब्रह्म हविः ब्रह्माग्नौ ब्रह्मणाहुतम् |
ब्रह्मैव तेन गन्तव्यं ब्रह्म कर्म समाधिना ॥

brahmaarpanam brahma havih brahmagnau brahmanahutam
brahmaiva tena gantavyam brahma karma samadhina

Meaning : Brahman is the oblation (fire sacrifice). Brahman is the ghee (clarified butter, used in a fire sacrifice) The oblation is poured by Brahman into the fire of Brahman. Brahman shall be realized by the one who considers everything as (a manifestation or) an act of Brahman.Implied meaning : It is customary to partake food before eating and offer it as ‘prasad’ to God and chant this shloka. The shloka draws a parallel between the sacrificial fire (yadnya) and the fire of hunger. In essence, the meaning conveyed by the act of chanting the shloka and by partaking food is as follows: ‘Dear God You are provider of this food, taster of this food and you’re food. I take this food as a gift from you and I offer this food at your divine lotus feet.’



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