Diksa means to become a sisya. Sisya means follow the discipline of the guru. So unless there is some emergency normally the final cooking, that means the touching of the fire that should be done by initiated person. Because that person will be responsible also. If a person is dirty, or touching not knowing the purity if they are touching the fire, and offering that type of food to Krishna, that will be an offense, and for a new devotee we don’t want them also to commit any offense. Or an older devotee. So anyone who is going to cook for the Lord, they shouldn’t take it lightly. This is a very intimate service and they should learn all the details of cleanliness which are part of arcane or deity worship, and they should follow the system very strictly never touching the mouth, never touching their feet, never touch the ground without washing their hand, never touching offered food and then again touching the unoffered food. It’s a whole system, and if one transgresses these rules, even when unknowingly, that will be considered offensive in deity worship.
H.H. Jayapataka Swami Maharaj
1984, 20th July, SB class @ Chennai, India.