1. What is given by God is also God

    What I am doing, it was all taught in our childhood by our parents, my family. We were taught, “There is a grain of rice on the ground, and if it is touched by your feet, you should pick up the grain and touch on your head.” This was our training. The idea behind — that the grain of rice is not man-made; it is sent by God. “O God, give us our daily bread.” So here is the bread. It is God’s mercy. Just see how idea, great idea. What is given by God, that is also God. This is God consciousness. You are asking God’s mercy, so God’s mercy is also God, the Absolute. So how can you disrespect a thing which is given by God? You cannot produce rice. You cannot produce bread. It is given by God. Everything.

    Srila Prabhupada, Room Conversation — June 29, 1974, Melbourne