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Question: The consciousness of the cook goes into the food. Does it apply even to the bhoga made at the temple kitchen?

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Jayapataka Swami: You see, cooks in the temple are supposed to be second initiated. And therefore we take the cooked food to be somewhat pure, and that is offered to Krsna, Radha Krsna, Nitai Gaur, Jagannath Baladev Subadra. So accordingly we think that that doesn’t have any karma. Rather that has the ability to neutralize the karma. But if we have somebody cooking who is not initiated or we are taking food from them, Srila Prabhupada said, do you have to take, if they give us free food, we take their karma. If we take free from Krsna, then no karma. But if we take free food from anyone else, there may be karma involved. So the karma is more if the food is boiled, like boiled rice, and less karma if it is ‘paka’ that means fried like puris, singadas, or kachoris, etc. And then less if it is fruit. But if a person is an initiated devotee and they are offering it to Krsna, maybe you can consider if it has any karma.