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Memories of Cooking for Gurudeva

Once I prepared prasad for Guruji and served him.

He said, "You should put whole chili in the food, so if someone has to eat, he can choose to eat it or leave it."
The next day when I prepared prasad, I put the whole chili in the preparation and took it to Guruji.

Guruji started honoring the prasad while I sat near him.

Suddenly he cried, "Atom Bomb!"

I did not understand, I was confused. Finally I understood that he was referring to the green chili, and we both started laughing.

Then I asked him if he had ever prepared prasad for his Gurudev. He told me there was only one occasion.

"When I asked him how he liked it," Guruji explained, "He told it was nice, but when I tasted the remnants, there was no salt in it. That was the only time I made prasad for him."

Guruji never told anybody that he wants to eat a certain thing for prasad. Whatever the brahmachari prepared for him he had it. Once Guruji told one brahmachari who made prasad was like a maid who comes home to cook food and disappears. A mother always take care of all the children. She prepares favorite food for every single child.

Guruji had a little stomach problem. So once I prepared mint chutney, sabzi and yogurt for him.

Guruji asked, "What does mint and curd do?"

I replied, "I heard from my mother that it is good for stomach."

That day Guruji slept till late evening. When he didn't wake for a long time, the sevak went in his room and switched on the light.

Guruji woke suddenly and asked, "Who is there?

The sevak replied, "It's me, Guruji."

Guruji told, "Oh! I thought its some thief." Everybody including Guruji started laughing.

Once we were in Guwahati. We prepared tomato soup there for Guruji. His sevak told us that Guruji doesn't like seeds in the tomatoes, so we sieved the soup well and served it to him. Later that sevak told us that instead of eating the soup with a spoon, Guruji drank directly from the bowl.

—Prem Chand Das, UK


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