How is Diwali celebrated in countries other than India? Lakshmiji sometimes has to go to satisfy her numerous devotees, but tulasi leaves never forsake their position, and the Lord therefore appreciates the service of tulasi more than the service of Lakshmi. Avoid letting them go to seed, which takes much energy from the plant that can be used to make more leaves and flowers for Krishna’s service. “O Tulasi, beloved of Krishna, I bow before you again and again. Tulsi Maa is the organizer of all transcendental activities between Srimati Radharani and Sri Krishna. There is great spiritual merit accrued from caring for holy places. During this time, I visited Vrinda Kunda. He was reluctant. Later she descended here as Tulsi Devi, daughter of Kushadvaja King to perform penances. It was as if Srila Prabhupada had arranged for us to receive further instruction and opportunity to serve Srimati Tulasi Devi by sending Baba into our midst. Simply by worshipping her faithfully, a devotee can get himself free of from all material miseries. A mandap (marriage booth) is built around the courtyard of the house where the Tulsi plant is usually planted in centre of the courtyard in a brick plaster called the Tulsi vrindavana. Vrinda Devi is in charge of the Vrindavana lila—the pastimes of Radha and Krishna. Maa Tulasi is omnipresent in every Hindu household, especially the Brahmin houses. My desire is to obtain the service of Sri Sri Radha- Krishna. I saw the energy of death in action—compelling, relentless, moving forward like a bulldozer, pushing the soul out of the body. When the song is finally finished, all the assembled people circumambulate the Tulsi-Devi for four times, giving her water. Tulasi Devi can be used in many ways to please the Supreme Lord, but never for gratifying one’s senses. She appears as a delicate tree in this world to serve the Lord and uplift human society. She is the essence of all flowers, and the life and soul of Shree Krishna.” One who worships Tulsi Devi, an eternal associate and devotee of Shree Krishna, will quickly attain devotion at Shree Krishna’s lotus feet. The Bhaktivedanta Book Trust International, Inc. Tulasi’s body is spiritual. I offer my repeated obeisances unto Vrnda, Srimati Tulasi Devi, who is very dear to Lord Kesava. And of all holy places, Vrinda Kunda is one of the most auspicious. All scriptures stress on the importance of getting the mercy of Tulasi devi if one has to make progress in the path of devotion. They understand the situation we are in and they know our hearts. Devotees of Krishna worship a little tree. Remove dead branches if absolutely necessary. Some worship her as a plant, and some get a deity made. Prabhupada talked on and on about the glories of Tulasi Devi, and he was in such joyful spirits! ei nivedana dharo, sakhir anugata koro As I entered the room, I was a bit shaken by the hanging presence of impending death. Tulasi Devi is a pure devotee of Krishna and she should be treated with the same respect given to all Krishna’s pure devotees. sada tvam keshava-priya 8) bhaktya vihina aparadha-lakshaihkshiptas ca kamadi-taranga-madhye kripamayi tvam sharanam prapannavrinde namas te caranaravindam. You are Lord Krishna’s potency for performing pastimes, and you are known as Tulasi Devi in the human society. Place leftover Tulasi wood within the earth. In TheNectar of Devotion, Srila Prabhupada quotes from the Skanda Purana: Tulasi is auspicious in all respects. His last audible words were “Krishna! Kirtan by Tulsi Devi Dasi (Sister of Jahnavi Devi Dasi) at Kirtan Mela on 16 Feb 2015 at Mayapur Dham. We were seeing a divine soul depart for the realm of Goloka, and we cried for joy. She is assisted by few confidential associates, and with their help, she ensures everything is pleasing to Lord Krishna. Later, the Tulsi-puja-kirtan bhajan is sung when Tulsi-Devi is given incense, flowers, and a ghee lamp. She’s Tulasi Devi, Krishna’s favorite plant. This also signifies the ending of the Chhaturmas period that corresponds to monsoons and beginning of the auspicious period for weddings. It is believed that the soul of Vrinda resides in the plant at night and leaves in the morning. “It’s been fourteen years now since my father’s cancer went into remission, and to this day, he’s still cancer-free—and he still takes his Tulasi leaves every day!” Although we can never fully describe the glories of Tulasi Devi, an eternal associate of Lord Krishna, the scriptures give us a hint of the value of worshiping her. In the Skanda Purana it is said: ‘Tulasi is auspicious in all respects. Tulasi’s wood is carved into the japa beads on which devotees chant Krishna’s name. krishna-preyasi radha-krishna-seva pabo ei abhilashi. A beautiful smile was on his lips. Wherever the shade of Tulasi Devi falls is purified and is … She is the essence of all flowers, and the life and soul of Shree Krishna.” One who worships Tulsi Devi, an eternal associate and devotee of Shree Krishna, will quickly attain devotion at Shree Krishna’s lotus feet. nayane heribo sada jugala-rupa- rashi This is a great offense. Tulasi Devi: She has an incomparable form. Her great yearning is to expertly arrange Their meeting, and by doing this she feels the greatest joy. To offer Tulasi Devi with a material incentive—to destroy one’s enemies, to remove anxieties, to make medicine—will be the bridge by which one enters the hellish regions. He smiled, his eyes sparkled, and he said, “That’s good. rocih-pravaha-snapitayma- vrinde Do not place Tulasi leaves on the feet of anyone other than Lord Vishnu in His various forms. One who sees a house where the Tulsi plant is present will get rid of all his sins. In his books, too, Srila Prabhupada called attention to the exalted position of Tulasi Devi. Even non- Hindus considered that disturbing Tulasi plants would bring ill fortune. “Whoever takes shelter of you has his wishes fulfilled. I wrote a booklet entitled “How to Grow Tulasi Devi,” sent seeds and booklets to every temple, and tried to offer advice and assistance to devotees in their efforts to cultivate Tulasi. His breath came in tiny gasps, and with each breath his ecstasy increased. And when someone places Tulsi Maharani at Krishna’s lotus feet then she becomes so pleased with him that she offers liberation to that person. Pick the manjaris as soon as they blossom. Simply by seeing, simply by touching, simply by remembering, simply by praying to, simply by bowing before, simply by hearing about, or simply by sowing this tree, there is always auspiciousness. krishna-bhakti-prade devi keshavartham cinomi tvam Vivah Garlands made of 10000 tulsi leaves, water mixed with tulsi, food items sprinkled with Tulsi are offered in veneration to Vishnu or Krishna. I still didn’t know why growing Tulasi was important to Srila Prabhupada or his mission. Then Prabhupada stopped short and became thoughtful. So if in our heart we want to serve Krishna and Krishna’s pure devotees then they know that. Often he would cry when he saw her. —In Kali-yuga, one who worships, remembers, plants, keeps, or performs kirtana before Tulasi burns up all sinful reactions and quickly attains Lord Krishna’s abode. She decides which flowers will bloom, which birds will sing, which songs will be sung, which breezes will blow, which food will be served, which games will be played, which musical instruments will be played. Oct 9, 2015 - Explore michele b's board "Tulsi devi" on Pinterest. Then I saw the devotee’s response to death: full surrender at the Lord’s lotus feet with pure love and trust. One who sits near Tulasi Devi and chants or recites prayers will attain the results much faster. You are bathed in your own splendor, which defeats the effulgence of lightning and the golden campaka flower. Tulasi wood (taken after a plant has fully dried naturally) can be used to carve worship paraphernalia, such as beads. vrinde namas te caranaravindam. (2) Whoever takes shelter of you has his wishes fulfilled. —One who worships Lord Krishna with Tulasi leaves releases all his ancestors from the realm of birth and death. —A house where Tulasi Devi is present never falls on bad times, and it becomes purer than all holy places. I realized that my initial attraction to Tulasiand my obsessive desire to grow Tulasiplants, though not inspired by a direct instruction from Srila Prabhupada, were communicated from within the heart by the Lord to please and assist Srila Prabhupada in his mission. Join our family of supporters. You are Lord Krishna’s potency for performing pastimes, and you are known as Tulasi Devi in the human society. Thus, within my vision I will always behold the beautiful pastimes of Radha and Krishna. O Vrinda Devi, I offer my respectful obeisances to your lotus feet. And I witnessed the Lord’s divine protection of His devotee. Lord Krishna, along with all the other demigods lives wherever there is Tulasi Devi. (9) vrindashtakam yah shrinuyat pathed va Do everything carefully. atyutkayoh keli-vilasa- siddhih The living entities who attain the service of the lotus feet of your Lord reside in Vrindavana. (2) bimbadharoditvara-manda-hasya- To conclude, obeisance is again offered with Tulsi Pranama mantra. I am delighted to share her story with you. Later, in 1968, as I was cleaning Srila Prabhupada’s room I found his Tulasi japa beads lying near his bead bag on his cushion. I tasted the divine words of the Gita: “I come as death.”. And during circumambulation, you need to chant this mantra: “yanikani ca papani brahma-hatyadikani ca / tanitanipranasyantipradaksinahpadepade.”. —One who with devotion applies the paste of Tulasi wood to the Deity of Krishna will always live close to Krishna. Vrindavani, vrinda, visvapujita, pushpasara, nandini, Krishna-jivani, visva-pavani, tulasi. Srimati Radharani can be given a Tulasi leaf in Her hand for offering to Lord Krishna. tat-prema-sevam labhate kritarthah. 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Baba’s departure left on indelible imprint on my mind. Madhava Baba’s knowledge of the scriptures, especially those relating to the glories of Tulasi Devi, was vast. She is highly worshipped in Hindu households, by both young and old. Srimati Tulasi devi is one of the most exalted devotees of the Sri Krishna. My intuition was that he had given us as much as we could then understand. I recall him saying that in India every-one considers Tulasi plants sacred, and no one will cut or uproot them. Tulsi is the main essence of devotional activities. My desire is to obtain the service of Sri Sri Radha and Krishna. Srimati Tulsi Devi is always worshiped in the morning, then after the mangala-aarti. —One who puts into his mouth or on his head Tulasi leaves that have been offered to Lord Krishna attains Lord Krishna’s abode. Krishna!”. On the full moon-day of Kartik Lord Sri Krishna Himself worships Srimati Tulasi-devi with this Mantra. At one point, Srila Prabhupada told us that Tulasi Devi was a great devotee of Lord Krishna, and that her husband, a demon, was killed by Krishna. Not surprisingly, I felt an immediate connection. “This very fallen and lowly servant of Krishna prays, ‘May I always swim in the love of Sri Sri Radha and Govinda.’ ”, yani kani ca papani —Without Tulasi leaves, Lord Krishna does not like to accept flowers, food, or sandalwood paste. It is a great offense to cook or heat Tulasi, or to use her for mundane purposes, such as medicines and ointments. (1) gangeya-campeya-tadid-vinindi- Your face is illuminated by the splendor of the pearl decorating the tip of your nose, and by the extraordinary gentle smile on the two bimba fruits which are your lips. You have made just the exact replica of Vrinda Devi.”, I told him, “Baba, because you are now unable to walk and go see your beloved deity, Vrinda Devi has arranged to come to see you.”. The first set of seeds did not grow. On meeting him, I felt a strong urge to assist him and began by helping with his medical expenses. What may be fearful and horrible for others was for Baba a joyous reunion with his beloved Lord. The scriptures describe Vrinda Devi as having a beautiful complexion like molten gold, a shimmering golden effulgence, and an enchanting pearl on her nose. Bestowing your mercy on him, you make him a resident of Vrindavana. Later, I came across the following purport by Srila Prabhupada in the Srimad-Bhagavatam (4.8.55): It is specifically mentioned herein that tulasi leaves are very dear to the Supreme Personality of Godhead and devotees should take particular care to have tulasi leaves in every temple and center of worship. When Bhaktivinoda Thakura discovered the birthplace of Lord Caitanya, it was so overgrown with Tulasi that no one had settled there, thinking it to be a sacred place. In November 1989, I met “Vrinda Kunda Baba,” or Madhava Dasa, a renowned scholar and Vaishnava saint, and a great devotee of Srimati Tulasi Devi. Garlands made of 10000 tulsi leaves, water mixed with tulsi, food items sprinkled with Tulsi are offered in veneration to Vishnu or Krishna. Baba’s passing away was glorious. tvat-saubhagam kena nirucyatam tad She wears blue garments and is decorated with pearls and flowers. For this reason one should plant Tulasi Devi at one’s home and offer worship daily. If you worship Lord Krishna with Tulasi leaves daily, you will attain the results of every kind of austerity, sacrifice, and charity. In 1968, before Tulasi made her appearance in the West, Srila Prabhupada sometimes talked about her. Sri-Vrnda-devi in Sri Rupa-Sanatana Gaudiya Matha, Vrndavana. O Vrinda Devi, I offer my respectful obeisances to your lotus feet. tani tani pranashyanti Later, when he became bedridden in February and March of 1990, I worked with Vidya Devi Dasi, Muralidhara Dasa, and Mohana Dasa to help provide nursing and medical care for him in his final days. Non-stop kirtan for five days. When the painting was finished, I would hold it up before Baba daily, and he would chant his prayers to Vrinda Devi, his worshipable deity. Never pick Tulasi leaves for any other purpose than to offer to the Lord. Those who are devoid of devotion to Lord Hari, and who are thrown by their offenses into the waves of lust and other inauspicious qualities, may take shelter of you. But when I later presented two small Tulasiplants to him in Los Angeles, he was delighted. Never cut down or pull up living Tulasi plants. When we told Srila Prabhupada that people had to bend down when passing through the Tulasi archway on the way into the temple, he was delighted. —One who sees or comes near a house or garden where the Tulasi plant is present gets rid of all his sinful reactions, including that of killing a brahmana. My fascination with Tulasi Devi began very soon after meeting Srila Prabhupada in 1967. It was as if he was clearly seeing Krishna and his beloved Vrinda Devi. STORIES (LEGENDS) BEHIND TULASI VIVAH (MARRIAGE) This Marriage Festival is performed on the 11th day of the bright half of Kartik. Without the Tulsi leaves, Krishna does not accept food, flowers or sandalwood paste. je tomara sharana loy, tara vanchha purna hoy vrindavanadhisha-padabja- bhringah We wear Tulasi beads around our necks; we chant on Tulasi beads knowing she is … I spent much time at the research library of the University of Hawaii’s East-West Center. If there is any impediment in growing Tulsi, that means that devotional service is defective. He later told me that he had not seen Srila Prabhupada so light- hearted and happy in over a year. When Srila Prabhupada came for a later visit, he carefully entered the Tulasi archway by going through sideways to avoid brushing against her leaves and branches. We attend many marriages in our lives but none like this one. We pressed Baba to tell us his life story so we could tape it for future publication. vicitra-ratnabharana-shriyadhye Worship Tulasi with nice food, flowers, incense, a ghee lamp, and other traditional articles of worship. Pick Tulasi leaves and flowers in the morning, never at night (from sunset to sunrise). My desire to grow Tulasi became an obsession, and somehow I got seeds from India. Protect the delicate Tulasi seedlings from birds and insects. I proceeded to cultivate Tulasiplants on a large scale. Billions of years before the descent of Sri Krishna, the Devi had appeared as the daughter of Emperor Kedera. Tulasi Devi has come to the West to give us the opportunity to serve her for our benefit. I daily worshiped a thin green sprout until it became painfully evident that it was a blade of grass. —One who offers a Tulasi manjari to Lord Krishna gets the benefit of offering all other varieties of flowers, and he goes to the abode of Krishna. Avoid using cutting tools. Pushpasara: She is the essence of all flowers. Tulasi has delicate purple and green leaves, flower tassels like miniature temple spires, and an arresting, sweet fragrance famous for attracting the minds of yogis to Krishna’s service. “My desire is that you will also grant me a residence in the pleasure groves of Sri Vrindavana-dhama. First day of Mayapur Kirtan Mela 2015. This marriage is one that is believed to have happened eons ago and is celebrated to this day by a large percentage of the Indian population. 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