Some, who participated in the Anna-Vastra distribution, had this to say:

“It was more fulfilling in being able to offer our oblations in a huge holy Yajna than the satisfaction of making some charity to the poor.”

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“The recipients came after taking bath, putting tilak on their forehead, in a devotional mood. The feeling was one of holiness – more like receiving prasaada than a gift.”

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“This daana is a benediction for my welfare, rather than a mere material help.”

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“The atmosphere, reverberating with the fervent naama-sankeertana and the inspiring hymns on daana-dharma, was so much charged with divinity that a number of onlookers expressed that they too, though not needy, would like to receive the anna-vastra daana from the Sannyasins.”

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My family used to struggle for two square meals. After Swamiji started giving me this, my children and I have never gone to bed hungry, without food. Now my son earns. But I still come to take this prasaada. I add a small quantity of this rice to our daily cooking throughout the year."

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