Transcendental Commentary on the Issues of the Day

The microwaveable hot-fudge sundae if it's not already available in your local supermarket, it will be soon, no doubt Why? Because some of uswant it.

The health effects of microwaved food are often the subject of colorful debate, but the propelling motive behind the introduction of custom-designed micro-foods is obvious: it's a matter of convenience. Preparing dinner seems a drudgery to most of us these days. We want to bypass the slicing, dicing, spreading, and baking. We're fixed on the only pleasurable aspect of the cooking event we remember: eating.

Arriving home from work. we can whip up a special microwave feast of double-cheese pizza, French fries, vanilla milk shake, and Dutch chocolate supreme bundt cake in a minimal nine minutes and thirty seconds. The only labor involved is in opening and closing the microwave oven door. "Ready in minutes!" "Easy!" and "Gets you out of the kitchen fast!" are attractive product descriptions that reflect the demand for instant gratification.

Devotees of Krsna aren't after instant gratification, but that doesn't mean the amenities of modern technology can't have a place in their lives too. We welcome simplicity and efficiency as we create delicious dishes for the enjoyment of Krsna, who has provided all the fruits, grains, vegetables, dairy products, and spices.

Still, although a devotee may use a variety of utensils to prepare a festive offering for Krsna, he's not so anxious about cutting his labor down to forty-five seconds on High, for the time he spends in the kitchen is an expression of his love for Krsna.

After the devotee presents Krsna the cuisine with devotion, he eats the purified offering, thus satisfying his spiritual and physical hunger. A person attempting to become God conscious eliminates the drudgery of cooking by remembering the significance of preparing a meal for his supreme father.