From Ritual to Spiritual
Srimad Bhagavatam 10.24.28-29 - From Ritual to Spiritual (download mp3), (download flv) and (download mp4)
by Adi Keshava Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty
yavasam ca gavam dattva
giraye diyatam balih
After giving the appropriate food to everyone else, including such fallen souls as dogs and dog-eaters, you should give grass to the cows and then present your respectful offerings to Govardhana Hill.
pradaksinam ca kuruta
After everyone has eaten to his satisfaction, you should all dress and decorate yourselves handsomely, smear your bodies with sandalwood paste and then circumambulate the cows, the brahmanas, the sacrificial fires and Govardhana Hill.
Lord Krsna wanted all the human beings and even the animals to eat nice bhagavat-prasadam, sanctified foods offered to the Lord. To enthuse His relatives with a festive mood, He requested them to dress beautifully with fine clothes and ornaments and to refresh their bodies with luxurious sandalwood paste. The essential activity, however, was the circumambulation of the holy brahmanas, cows, sacrificial fires and especially Govardhana Hill.