Ancient Indian vision differentiates between different ashramas (stages of life) and their respective duties. In this context, the most important dharma of householders, one of the four ashramas, is to offer Bhiksha to those of the ashramas: Brahmacharya, Vanaprastha and Sannyasa. Offering Bhiksha to Sannyasins is considered equivalent to offering food to the entire universe.
Swamins, Brahmacharins and other sevaks reside at Adi Sankara Nilayam serving the vision of Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda of “giving the maximum happiness to the maximum people for the maximum time.” By offering Bhiksha to the residents of the ashram, one retains the age-old tradition of Hinduism and at the same time fulfils one’s own grahasta dharma (household duty). Bhiksha for breakfast, lunch and dinner can be offered separately and so also one can offer Bhiksha for a whole day.