"Regarding offering food: The custom is to offer the foodstuff first to the Spiritual Master; we cannot do anything directly. The Spiritual Master accepts the offering on behalf of his disciple, and offers the same to Krishna. After Krishna's eating, the Spiritual Master eats it, and then the devotees take it as Mahaprasada. This is the system. Everything is offered to the Spiritual Master first, with the prayer 'Nama Om Visnupadaya . . .'"
(Srila Prabhupada letter, February 15, 1968)
*Special thanks to Gary Paterson for his beautiful photographs from New Gokula Dhama, Vancouver, Canada.