(9) vrindashtakam yah shrinuyat pathed va Pick Tulasi leaves and flowers in the morning, never at night (from sunset to sunrise). O Vrinda Devi, I offer my respectful obeisances to your lotus feet. 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. Srila Prabhupada’s servant, Kartikeya Dasa, was astonished. In 1969, Srila Prabhupada sent me to Honolulu to open a temple. Garlands made of 10000 tulsi leaves, water mixed with tulsi, food items sprinkled with Tulsi are offered in veneration to Vishnu or Krishna. “I beg you to make me a follower of the cowherd damsels of Vraja. rocih-pravaha-snapitayma- vrinde Devotees of Krishna worship a little tree. I was stunned. And of all holy places, Vrinda Kunda is one of the most auspicious. O Vrinda Devi, I offer my respectful obeisances to your lotus feet. Lord Krishna and Srimati Radharani have given Vrinda Devi her role as queen of Vrindavana. atyutkayoh keli-vilasa- siddhih As I carefully put them back into their bag, I was mesmerized by their smooth touch and golden glow. It means “forest of Tulasi.”, Baba explained, “This Vrindavana-dhama belongs to Sri Krishna. She is a great devotee standing before us in the form of a small tree. Baba’s passing away was glorious. All the scriptures give emphasis on the need of getting mercy from Maa Tulsi if one wants to make progress in devotion. Vivah Don’t shake or stroke the branch and damage healthy leaves. By assisting the Tulasi Greenhouse Project, you will be pleasing Krishna and His beloved devotee. 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. The luster of your transcendental garments is the friend of the leandhilia flower. What may be fearful and horrible for others was for Baba a joyous reunion with his beloved Lord. krishna-preyasi radha-krishna-seva pabo ei abhilashi. krishna-preyasi vrinde namas te caranaravindam. lilabhidhana kila krishna- shaktih Pick the manjaris as soon as they blossom. Who can describe your good fortune? vrindavanadhisha-padabja- bhringah In that house where the mud from the Tulasi Devi is kept, all the demigods along with Lord Krishna will always reside. Even non-Hindus, he said, will not destroy Tulasi to build a house on a spot where she is growing—they’ll look for a place not inhabited by Tulasi. This is a great offense. Through this work, our spiritual strength will be increased and our understanding of krishna-bhakti will become mature. | Terms & Conditions | Privacy Policy. —One who worships Lord Krishna with Tulasi leaves releases all his ancestors from the realm of birth and death. We pleaded that name and fame would come after he had left this world. “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 Today being Purnima (the Full Moon), is also the End of Kartika, Sri Krsna Rasa-yatra (the purnima or full moon of Damodara month is the second full moon of the autumn season, and rasa lila is again celebrated), Tulasi-Saligrama Vivaha (this is the celebration of the marriage ceremony of Srimati Tulsi Devi and Lord Sri Krishna), and the Last Day of Caturmasya. My desire is to obtain the service of Sri Sri Radha- Krishna. 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. O Vrinda Devi, I offer my respectful obeisances to your lotus feet. The parrots serve Vrinda Devi by carrying messages to various parts of Vrindavana. And of course, one of the biggest boost-givers is Tulasi Devi, the sacred plant and beloved servant of Lord Krishna. It was a soft and gentle kirtana, penetratingly sweet and melodious. They were large, round beads, shiny from years of use, with a mystical quality that still sticks in my mind. How to worship her. vicitra-ratnabharana-shriyadhye I am delighted to share her story with you. Krishna came and filled the room with His love and radiance, and Baba left with Him to eternally serve Vrinda Devi at her home in Vrinda Kunda. (1) O Tulasi, beloved of Krishna, I bow before you again and again. Nandini: She gives happiness to everyone. Then I saw the devotee’s response to death: full surrender at the Lord’s lotus feet with pure love and trust. Thus, within my vision I will always behold the beautiful pastimes of Radha and Krishna. 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. Every center should be encouraged to grow Tulsi. Pick the leaves one at a time with your fingertips. On the way to his room I grabbed the painting of Vrinda Devi to take to him. vrinde namas te caranaravindam. ei nivedana dharo, sakhir anugata koro radha-krishna-seva pabo ei abhilashi If you apply a paste of the Tulasi wood on the deity of Lord Krishna, then you will always remain close to him. tavaiva murtis tulasi nri-loke In fact, he has no other duties to perform, and he has realized the essence of the scriptures. (7) tvam kirtyase satvata-tantra- vidbhir Tulasi Devi is a pure devotee of Krishna and she should be treated with the same respect given to all Krishna’s pure devotees. That was the beginning. It was a moment of incredible awe and ecstasy! Vaishnavas traditionally use japa malas (a string of Hindu prayer beads made from Tulsi stems or roots called Tulsi malas , which are an important symbol of the initiation. Although Tulasi appears as many individual trees, she is one person, and she comes wherever she sees devotion to Krishna. Tulasi wood (taken after a plant has fully dried naturally) can be used to carve worship paraphernalia, such as beads. 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. je tomara sharana loy, tara vancha purna hoy labhya ca pumsam kripaya tavaiva kshiptash ca kamadi-taranga- madhye Collect leaves once in the morning for worshiping Krishna and for putting on the plates of food to be offered to Him. One who sees a house where the Tulsi plant is present will get rid of all his sins. He writes in a purport to the Srimad-Bhagavatam (3.16.21): The goddess of fortune, Lakshmi, is sometimes envious of the tulasi leaves which are placed at the lotus feet of the Lord, for they remain fixed there and do not move, whereas Lakshmiji, although stationed by the chest of the Lord, sometimes has to please other devotees who pray for her favor. Then he was gone. So, putting the symbol of Tulasi devi on His forehead will be accepted by Krishna because without Tulasi, Radha Krishna lilas can not be that much blissful and organized. 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. 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. It is believed that the soul of Vrinda resides in the plant at night and leaves in the morning. Do not place Tulasi leaves on the feet of anyone other than Lord Vishnu in His various forms. Srimati Radharani, the daughter of King Vrishabhanu, has made you the ruling monarch of Lord Krishna’s opulent and auspicious abode of Vrindavana, which is the crest jewel of all the Vaikuntha planets. We see Her in the form of a plant, but She is not a plant. (iii) Moreover, we should see the collective symbol of Tulasi plus Feet of Krishna as a mark of surrender like Tulasi devi being under the feet of Krishna. If there is any impediment in growing Tulsi, that means that devotional service is defective. 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. In order to understand who Tulasi devi is, one must also understand who Vrinda devi is. 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. 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. The small crew of us who cared for Baba all feel deeply committed to carrying on his work at Vrinda Kunda. Wherever the shade of Tulasi Devi falls is purified and is … They understand the situation we are in and they know our hearts. I sat quietly and chanted and meditated beside Tulasi Devi. STORIES (LEGENDS) BEHIND TULASI VIVAH (MARRIAGE) This Marriage Festival is performed on the 11th day of the bright half of Kartik. Every day provide Tulasi fresh air, water (as needed—be careful not to water too much), and sunshine (or plant lights). When Prabhupada came to Hawaii in 1971, he admired our lush Tulasi garden in front of the entrance to the temple. 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.”. Even non- Hindus considered that disturbing Tulasi plants would bring ill fortune. It is an offense to turn the seedlings back into the soil. We cannot see Vrinda-devi, because she is transcendental, but although transcendental, she has come to this world in the form of Tulasi-devi. On meeting him, I felt a strong urge to assist him and began by helping with his medical expenses. The scriptures describe Vrinda Devi as having a beautiful complexion like molten gold, a shimmering golden effulgence, and an enchanting pearl on her nose. 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. Her leaves and flowers decorate the Deity of Krishna in the temple and are placed on food offered to Him. In fact, Tulasi devi and Vrinda devi are one and the same. Once he looked up at me and very humbly said, “Thank you, Mataji. And during circumambulation, you need to chant this mantra: “yanikani ca papani brahma-hatyadikani ca / tanitanipranasyantipradaksinahpadepade.”. In 1968, before Tulasi made her appearance in the West, Srila Prabhupada sometimes talked about her. His breath came in tiny gasps, and with each breath his ecstasy increased. O Vrinda Devi, I offer my respectful obeisances to your lotus feet. Devotees wear strands of Tulasi beads around their necks. The flowers, leaves, roots, branches, bark, trunk and even shade of Maa Tulsi are all spiritual. ), namo namah tulasi! And I found information on Tulasi Devi—her botanical names, her history, and ways to grow her. Text 104 #8. dattadhikare vrishabhanu-putrya The following list comes from the Padma Purana. 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