do we give out 'Parshad' the Sweet Pudding?
It is a custom all over the world to offer
something good to a person who is dear
to you. We visit the Gurdwara to pay respect
to our Guru and listen to the praises
of the Lord, God. The Guru loves us and
on his behalf we are given a gift, the
Parshad. It is very tasty, easily eaten,
without the need of any drink to swallow
it. It is prepared with equal quantities
of wheat flour, sugar, and ghee (butter).
It carefully prepared, it has no problem
in its distribution or eating. In India,
it is considered the best food and its
name is used as a proverb to describe
something extremely tasty and very easy
to be swallowed. One needs to develop
a taste for it to like it any enjoy it.
Many children in the west do enjoy it
and want to get a second serving of the
Parshad. Of course, one can request a
smaller serving if he/she so wants.
It is only when it is not well prepared
that it gets sticky or is oily. Once in
a while, omissions do take place in its
preparation. We should value the spirit
behind it and ignore the omissions. We
do take bitter and distasteful medicine
because we know it is good for our health.
Similarly taking Parshad is a part of
our faith. We do it to reinforce our faith