In Mayapur, Prabhupada, he was very emphatic, that everyone should take prasadam together with the devotees. Sometimes, devotees like to take their prasadam alone or separate, or in little units. But Srila Prabhupada, was saying that no, this is a purification. Just as Krishna would sit with His cowherd boys in a line – ‘sari sari’, and take prasadam. To take prasadam with the devotees, that is very pleasing to Krishna and that is purifying. It was astonishing to us. It seemed like a very insignificant thing. But Prabhupada was saying “No! It’s preferable if everyone takes prasadam together.” Or different devotees take prasadam in groups. Sometimes, he had special system called daoya system, where groups of devotees were taking, about twelve at a time, and hot chapattis and hot dal was taken right off the fire. Anyway, that’s another…
Then, of course Srila Prabhupada, he always impressed us the importance of coming together to hear the Srimad-Bhagvatam from the devotees. Because something is heard, it’s discussed, even some of the people present, if they are more advanced, they may bring some point at the end of class, or ask a question which is illuminating to the others. Plus, the energy, when something is discussed with many devotees, Krishna says that there are many places where He is not, but one place He is, is where His devotees have assembled together to discuss His glories.
His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj
1984, 18th Sep, SB class @ New Orleans, USA