The righteous, who eat the remains of Yagya, are freed from all sins. But the unrighteous, who prepare food for themselves alone, truly they commit sin.
YAGYASHISHTASHINA SANTO MUCHYANTE SARVKILBISHAE.
BHUNJATE TE TWAGHAM PAPA YE PACHNTYATMKARNAT.
The Vedas and Manusmriti have supported the Gita by saying that he who cooks for himself alone commits only sin.
NARYAMARAM PUSHYATI NO SAKHAYAM
KEWALADHO BHAWATI KEWALADI. (VEDAS)
AGHAM SA KEWALAM BHUNKTE
Offering to God from food:
There are four eating elements i.e. earth element found in grains, water element found in vegetables, fire element found in sun-ripened fruits, air element found in leaves. So we must offer at least 1/4th of our food in the service of Omnipresent God.
Lord Krishna says in Geeta that when a devotee offers me his food with the feeling of serving Me, I eat that food with Love –
PATRAM PUSHPAM PHALAM TOYAM YO ME BHAKTYA PRAYACHATI.
TADAHAM BHAKTYUPAHRITAM ASHNAMI PRAYATATMANAH.
Such a devotee shall be freed from the bondage of Karmic cycle.
There is a great misconception that patram means some leaves only, pushpam means some flowers only, phalam means one or two fruits only and toyam means a glass of water is to be offered to God. The concept of the said verse is the offering to God from our food which is made of the above four elements.
All of us have one or more talents. In reality, all the talents belong to God. Offering these talents to Him is the most pious act. If one has the skill of dancing, he or she may teach dance to others with a feeling of serving God. This will multiply the talent, on one hand, bring detachment from the materialistic world and help to attain the love of God on the other hand.
Engineers may give free consultancy, doctors may take cases of their patients and likewise, every sadhak can adopt this in his life. This selfless service has been taught to students also. Hundreds of sadhak students of IASS, when started teaching their juniors, it was surprising to note that those who taught, their performance became excellent. Their understanding, retaining power and memory increased and the intuitional power developed.
Twenty four hours have been given to all by the merciful Lord. At least one hour daily should be spared for selfless service which includes the sharing through talents. If it is not possible daily, 30 hours in a month should be devoted for this cause. When the responsibilities towards children are completed, then time for selfless service must be increased.