Lunch Puja

by Aranyakananda

Having realized from Bhagavad-Gita 4:24 that “the process of offering, and the oblation itself, are Brahman” I have come to a carry out a very methodical, puja-like way of eating my lunch.

Every time I order from Erbert & Gerbert’s I order a sandwich (avacado, tomato and lettuce and cheese), broccholi soup and a soda.

Every time I open the lid of the soup, swipe the soup off the inner lid with a weird chunk of bread they give you, take a bite, then dip the remainder of this chunk in the bowl, and eat again.

I then open the sandwich, dip and eat and repeat until the sandwich is finished.

I then smash a packet of crackers into the remaining soup, stir the crumbs in, and eat the rest of the soup.

All of this with “Aum Namo Narayana” or “Jai Hari Aum” or “Aum Vishnave Namah” drifting through my brainspace.

It is only then that I open the aforementioned soda, spending the rest of the afternoon drinking it.

Every time.

Jai Hari Aum!

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4 Responses to Lunch Puja

  1. jeglatter says:


  2. shree says:

    nice! in the shaiva tradition ,no puja is complete without first offering something to lord ganesha, thats why in shaiva pujas, even if it is for shiva etc they will have a roll of manjal (tumeric) with arugampul (bermuda grass) on top in a corner of the offering representing lord ganesha. example can be seen at .Food wise ,its tradition to always put away one small spoonful of food at a corner of your plate in the name of Lord Shiva as thanks for providing you with food.

    • treadmarkz says:

      I too try to observe that last suggestion. I like it that it can be subtle, nothing over the top, but true. Thanks, Shree.

  3. Mahalaya says:

    Sounds yummy! Reminds me of the tea house and cheesy butternut squash soup served in the roasted gourd! ❤

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