The Sanskrit word annadanam literally means the offering or sharing (danam) of food (annam). Taittiriya Upanishad declares, ‘All life force comes from food.’ (annam vai pranah) and ‘Let food be produced in plenty’ (annam bahu kurveet). In Bhagavad Gita, Sri Krishna declares, ‘From food all beings are evolved’ (annad bhavanti bhutani).
Manu Dharma Sastra declares, “regard the guest as a deity” (‘atdhithi devo bhava’) plainly expresses this worldwide tradition among ancient societies that deities may move upon the earth in human guise, and that one should therefore regard them with the utmost courtesy and respect and hospitality–including the offering of food items. Annadanams are conducted with this very principle in mind, for among the hungry crowd there may also be the anonymous genuine devotee, saint or even a deva or deity. Indeed, each and every poor person is regarded in this way, as expressed in the Sanskrit saying Daridra Narayana (“God dwells in the poor person”).
Let us keep up this tradition at our temple. Please help us with your generous support for Daily Annadanam with a sponsorship.
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- Kottayam District, Kerala, India.
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