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My name is Chitra Eder and I am a healer, speaker, writer, medical intuitive, ayurvedic healer, massage therapist, yogini and shapeshifter (being funny, serious… not). I wear many hats.
Prasad Heals was born out of my passion for healing and ayurveda. I have been blessed to have amazing teachers and the time has come to give back.
Prasad Heals is also the name of my ayurvedic healing practice in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
I love to teach… so here’s a little information about what Prasad means:
Prasada (in Sanskrit and Kannada), Prasadam (in Malayalam, Telugu and Tamil,Sanskrit), or Prasad Hindustani pronunciation: [prəsaːd̪] (in Hindustani languages) is a material substance of food that is a religious offering in both Hinduism and Sikhism. It is normally consumed by worshippers after worship. It is derived from the same verb सद् (to sit, dwell)prefixed with प्र. (before, afore, in front) and used as finite verb प्रसीदति – dwells, presides, pleases or favours etc. (To preside and president from Latin praesidere thus have the same etymological derivation in Latin but with slightly different meaning).
‘Prasada’ literally means a gracious gift. It denotes anything, typically an edible food, that is first offered to a deity, saint, Perfect Master or an avatar, and then distributed in His or Her name to their followers or others as a good sign. The prasada is then considered to have the deity’s blessing residing within it.
As a spiritual state prasāda has a rich history of meanings in the Sanskrit tradition from Vedic literature onwards. In this textual tradition, prasada is a mental state experienced by gods, sages, and other powerful beings and is marked by spontaneous generosity and the bestowing of boons. In the earliest literature (Rig Veda) onwards Prasāda is understood in this sense of a mental state, not as an aspect of ritual practice. In later texts such as the Shiva Purana, references to prasada as a material substance begins to appear alongside this older meaning.
In its material sense, prasada is created by a process of giving and receiving between a human devotee and the divine god. For example, a devotee makes an offering of a material substance such as flowers, fruits, or sweets — which is called naivedya. The deity then ‘enjoys’ or tastes a bit of the offering, which is then temporarily known as bhogya. This now-divinely invested substance is called prasāda and is received by the devotee to be ingested, worn, etc. It may be the same material that was originally offered or material offered by others and then re-distributed to other devotees. In many temples, several kinds of prasada (e.g., nuts, sweets) are distributed to the devotees.
One way that Prasada is commonly prepared is to place the food in offering before an image or deity of the spiritual figure to be honored, sometimes on a plate or serving vessel reserved only for spiritual purposes; and only then, after some time is allowed to pass, does the food become holy Prasad for further distribution.
The tradition of offering Prasad to the deity may have started with a very logical explanation that finds its root in the power of positive thought.
Prasada is considered to be sacred, and thus all being receiving it are believed to be blessed.
Prasad is usually made of different ingredients; flowers, fruits and grains. – excerpt from Wikepedia
Prasad Heals is about the give and take of life. When I offer myself to the divine I am transformed and present my whole being to my community. Healing Prasad is an offering of hurt, pain, disease, frustration, stress, joy, love, creative urges to the divine. What is returned is miraculous.
I am often asked, what happened to you? My answer is always the same. I lost everything and gained everything. The details don’t matter the love does.
Prasad Heals is my offering to you.