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I tasted the divine words of the Gita: “I come as death.”. It was fierce and final, frightening and overwhelmingly real. —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. All scriptures stress on the importance of getting the mercy of Tulasi devi if one has to make progress in the path of devotion. “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 Vishvapavani: She is the sanctifier of the whole world. 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. priyayai keshavasya ca She wears blue garments and is decorated with pearls and flowers. 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. Baba’s departure left on indelible imprint on my mind. Dinabandhu Dasa arrived and began playing the harmonium and singing. —Without Tulasi leaves, Lord Krishna does not like to accept flowers, food, or sandalwood paste. It was as if he was clearly seeing Krishna and his beloved Vrinda Devi. Tulasi leaves mixed with sandalwood pulp and placed on the lotus feet of the Lord is the topmost worship. Vrinda Devi is in charge of the Vrindavana lila—the pastimes of Radha and Krishna. I searched Indian stores all over New York City to find a set of Tulasi japa beads. O Vrinda Devi, I offer my respectful obeisances to your lotus feet. The whole room was filled with a golden glow. Vishvapujita: The whole world worships her. You were the messenger who brought about the perfection of the amorous pastimes of Radha and Krishna, the youthful couple, who enthusiastically sport in the groves of Vrindavana. vrinde namas te caranaravindam. Srimati Tulsi Devi is always worshiped in the morning, then after the mangala-aarti. When the song is finally finished, all the assembled people circumambulate the Tulsi-Devi for four times, giving her water. Because of Srila Prabhupada’s efforts in spreading the glories of Tulasi Devi all over the world, Vrinda Devi led Baba Madhava Dasa to choose ISKCON to continue her service at Vrinda Kunda. ), namo namah tulasi! (6) rasabhilasho vasatish ca vrinda- pradakshinah pade pade, “By the circumambulation of Srimati Tulasi Devi all the sins one may have committed are destroyed at every step, even the sin of killing a brahmana.”. As both the hurdles of ‘Krishna Kavacha’ being donated by the Danava King to a Brahmana and the ruin of Tulasi’s Pativratya by Vishnu impersonating as Shankha -chooda were removed, it was easy for Mahadeva terminating the Danava King who returned to Devi Radha’s Rasa-leela party at Goloka as Sudama and Bhagavan Krishna and Devi Radha welcomed him back into their fold. We wear Tulasi beads around our necks; we chant on Tulasi beads knowing she is … 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.”. Therefore, most important is to serve her with love and devotion. Because of your order, the groves where Lord Madhava performs His pastimes appear very splendid, decorated with blossoming flowers, bumblebees, deer, and other auspicious animals, flowers, and birds. Even non- Hindus considered that disturbing Tulasi plants would bring ill fortune. We learned that the Lord would have a Tulasitree carried before him in His sankirtana party. (3) samasta-vaikuntha-shiromanau shri- 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. Join our family of supporters. 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. Do not place Tulasi leaves on the feet of anyone other than Lord Vishnu in His various forms. Please give me the privilege of devotional service and make me your own maidservant. Now, in order to worship Lord Keshava, I am collecting your leaves and manjaris.Please bestow your benediction on me.”. Nandini: She gives happiness to everyone. In that house where the mud from the Tulasi Devi is kept, all the demigods along with Lord Krishna will always reside. We were seeing a divine soul depart for the realm of Goloka, and we cried for joy. 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 wondered at this, and when I saw Baba I asked him about it. And of course, one of the biggest boost-givers is Tulasi Devi, the sacred plant and beloved servant of Lord Krishna. tavaiva murtis tulasi nri-loke radha-krishna-seva pabo ei abhilashi And I found information on Tulasi Devi—her botanical names, her history, and ways to grow her. Only then did I become truly aware of the importance of cultivating Tulasi plants. When picking Tulasi leaves, chant the following mantra: Never cut or prune Tulasi Devi. Once he looked up at me and very humbly said, “Thank you, Mataji. That was enough. Who can describe your good fortune? Baba’s eyes were fixed on Vrinda Devi, and when he could no longer see externally, his eyes were shining in ecstasy and focused on some other world. (7) tvam kirtyase satvata-tantra- vidbhir Non-stop kirtan for five days. 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. nayane heribo sada jugala-rupa- rashi 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. “Tulsi Devi, the incomparable form, never leaves Vrindāvan. tat-prema-sevam labhate kritarthah. Tulasi Devi is a pure devotee of Krishna and she should be treated with the same respect given to all Krishna’s pure devotees. I still didn’t know why growing Tulasi was important to Srila Prabhupada or his mission. So my understanding became quite basic: somehow, growing Tulasimade Srila Prabhupada very, very pleased. O Vrinda Devi, I offer my respectful obeisances to your lotus feet. If you worship Lord Krishna with Tulasi leaves daily, you will attain the results of every kind of austerity, sacrifice, and charity. Put at least one leaf on each preparation. If we care for her nicely, she can grant us love for Krishna. And while walking along the walkway to the temple, which was lined with more Tulasi plants, he told his secretary, Syamasundara, “Don’t step on her shadow.” In these ways Srila Prabhupada showed great respect for Tulasi Devi. Baba’s passing away was glorious. Although Tulasi appears as many individual trees, she is one person, and she comes wherever she sees devotion to Krishna. 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. —One who worships Lord Krishna daily with Tulasi leaves attains the results of all kinds of austerity, charity, and sacrifice. shri-radha-govinda-preme sada jena bhasi. (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. 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. As I carefully put them back into their bag, I was mesmerized by their smooth touch and golden glow. Sri Tulasi-kirtana . Text 104 #8. (4) tvad-ajnaya pallava-pushpa-bhringa- Prabhupada talked on and on about the glories of Tulasi Devi, and he was in such joyful spirits! LEGEND-1: TULASI VIVAH STORY FROM ‘PADMA PURANA’ O Vrinda Devi, I offer my respectful obeisances to your lotus feet. This is a great offense. Thus, within my vision I will always behold the beautiful pastimes of Radha and Krishna. mrigadibhir madhava-keli- kunjah It is believed that the soul of Vrinda resides in the plant at night and leaves in the morning. Her right hand is raised in blessing the devotees, and on her left hand she holds her yellow parrot, Daksha, who has thousands of parrot disciples of various colors: red, green, yellow, blue, white. 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. madhv-adibhir bhanti vibhushyamana kshiptash ca kamadi-taranga- madhye vrinde namas te caranaravindam. When I presented them to Srila Prabhupada, he held them and looked at them with scrutiny, then simply said, “No, not Tulasi.” But he chanted on them anyway. In fact, Tulasi devi and Vrinda devi are one and the same. Billions of years before the descent of Sri Krishna, the Devi had appeared as the daughter of Emperor Kedera. We are very much obliged, therefore, to our disciple Srimati Govinda Dasi because she has taken much care to grow tulasi plants from seeds, and she has been successful by the grace of Krishna. “I beg you to make me a follower of the cowherd damsels of Vraja. Pick Tulasi leaves and flowers in the morning, never at night (from sunset to sunrise). mor ei abhilash, bilas kunje dio vas Pushpasara: She is the essence of all flowers. The Tulasi branches were beginning to cover the entrance, and people unavoidably brushed up against her. Not surprisingly, I felt an immediate connection. O Vrinda Devi, I offer my respectful obeisances to your lotus feet. First, the obeisance is offered to Tulsi-Devi reciting the Tulsi pranama mantra. By assisting the Tulasi Greenhouse Project, you will be pleasing Krishna and His beloved devotee. The sacred Tulsi plant is believed to be an incarnation of Devi Lakshmi (the Goddess of wealth and the consort of Lord Vishnu) On the day of Tulsi Vivah, devotees celebrate the marriage of the Goddess Tulsi and Lord Krishna or the Shaligram form of Lord Vishnu Anyone who comes in touch with the tulasi tree in the abovementioned ways lives eternally in the Vaikuntha world. —One who puts mud from the base of the Tulasi tree on his body and worships the Deity of Lord Krishna gets the results of one hundred days’ worship each day. By Krishna’s grace, the daily worship of Vrinda Devi is still going on. She controls how the wind blows, where and when it rains, how trees bend, etc. That was the beginning. The second batch of seeds proved fruitful, however, and tiny heart-shaped seedlings spread their delicate leaves in our Honolulu home. Make a donation. Don’t shake or stroke the branch and damage healthy leaves. Srimati Radharani can be given a Tulasi leaf in Her hand for offering to Lord Krishna. Later she descended here as Tulsi Devi, daughter of Kushadvaja King to perform penances. This is the celebration of the marriage ceremony of Srimati Tulsi Devi and Lord Sri Krishna. —Lord Krishna happily lives in the house, town, or forest where Tulasi Devi is present. Let a person who becomes like a bumblebee at the lotus feet of Radha-Krishna, and who reads or hears these eight verses describing the glories of Vrinda Devi, eternally reside at Goloka Vrindavana. For this reason one should plant Tulasi Devi at one’s home and offer worship daily. namo namaha tulasi! —One who remembers the glories of Tulasi or tells others about them will never take birth again. 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. O goddess, you bestow devotional service to Lord Krsna and possess the highest truth. 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. He later told me that he had not seen Srila Prabhupada so light- hearted and happy in over a year. So if in our heart we want to serve Krishna and Krishna’s pure devotees then they know that. I sat quietly and chanted and meditated beside Tulasi Devi. A ceremony called the Tulsi Vivah takes place between the Prabodhini Ekadashi to Kartrik Purnima usually on 11th or 12th lunar day. She has taken the form of a tree so that everyone, even the poorest person, can offer something wonderful to Krishna. 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. 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. Pick only the leaves that grow next to the manjaris (flowers) and the leaves that are ready to drop—they will turn a pale color—not the new, green ones. O Vrinda Devi, I offer my respectful obeisances to your lotus feet. VRINDAVANI – One who first manifested in Vrindavan. tulasy amrita-janmasi As I entered the room, I was a bit shaken by the hanging presence of impending death. Remove dead branches if absolutely necessary. —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. His face shone with a remarkable radiance. There is a small, simple temple there, and a lovely pond lined with Tulasi trees. Tulsi Maa is the organizer of all transcendental activities between Srimati Radharani and Sri Krishna. On the way to his room I grabbed the painting of Vrinda Devi to take to him. He was reluctant. | Terms & Conditions | Privacy Policy. 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. It is a great offense to cook or heat Tulasi, or to use her for mundane purposes, such as medicines and ointments. 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All rights reserved. seva-adhikara diye koro nija dasi A beautiful smile was on his lips. nasagra-mukta-dyuti-dipitasye One who sees a house where the Tulsi plant is present will get rid of all his sins. (1) O Tulasi, beloved of Krishna, I bow before you again and again. vicitra-ratnabharana-shriyadhye The atmosphere was surcharged with a unique spiritual essence. vrinde namas te caranaravindam. krishna-bhakti-prade devi Lord Krishna resides happily in the house where Tulasi-devi is present. And I witnessed the Lord’s divine protection of His devotee. This was the essence and inner meaning of time. Tulasi’s wood is carved into the japa beads on which devotees chant Krishna’s name. Her great yearning is to expertly arrange Their meeting, and by doing this she feels the greatest joy. Lord Krishna resides happily in the house where Tulasi-devi is present. He held one of the small pots in his hand for a long time, gazing at the seven-inch seedling, noting that she was indeed Srimati Tulasi Devi. Oct 9, 2015 - Explore michele b's board "Tulsi devi" on Pinterest. Serving Krishna by Serving Tulasi By Vishakha Devi Dasi Srila Jiva Gosvami, arguably one of the greatest spiritual scholars in the history of religion, said that one does not really accept God unless one accepts … Madhava Baba’s knowledge of the scriptures, especially those relating to the glories of Tulasi Devi, was vast. Vrinda devi is an expansion of Radharani. (8) bhaktya vihina aparadha-lakshaih In places where Tulasi cannot survive the winters when planted in the ground, provide a suitable house for her. (Letter LA 9 July 1971) Learning Respect for Tulasi Tulasi Devi is a pure devotee of Krishna and she should be treated with the same respect given to all Krishna… She is assisted by few confidential associates, and with their help, she ensures everything is pleasing to Lord Krishna. krishna-preyasi radha-krishna-seva pabo ei abhilashi. She was found lying next to the childless King and Queen wrapped in a brown clothing, one blessed morning. The universe worships her, as she sanctifies the whole world. It is an offense to turn the seedlings back into the soil. Home » Gods and Goddesses » Tulsi Devi: The Detailed Story of Goddess. After all Krishna is a person, Srimati Tulsi Devi is a person, a pure devotee of Krishna. We sat beside his bed and chanted Hare Krishna on our beads. Without the Tulsi leaves, Krishna does not accept food, flowers or sandalwood paste. STORIES (LEGENDS) BEHIND TULASI VIVAH (MARRIAGE) This Marriage Festival is performed on the 11th day of the bright half of Kartik. —One who with devotion applies the paste of Tulasi wood to the Deity of Krishna will always live close to Krishna. I spent much time at the research library of the University of Hawaii’s East-West Center. The luster of your transcendental garments is the friend of the leandhilia flower. —One who worships Lord Krishna with Tulasi leaves releases all his ancestors from the realm of birth and death. Devotees of Krishna worship a little tree. vrinde namas te caranaravindam. He became alarmed and exclaimed, “You cannot cut Tulasi—that is the greatest offense! To conclude, obeisance is again offered with Tulsi Pranama mantra. My fascination with Tulasi Devi began very soon after meeting Srila Prabhupada in 1967. I offer my repeated obeisances unto Vrnda, Srimati Tulasi Devi, who is very dear to Lord Kesava. Because these Tulasis had grown far larger than we had expected (some nearly seven feet tall and with stalks two inches in diameter), we had a problem. Lord Krishna is pleased when Tulasi Devi is served and worshiped, and Tulasi Devi is joyful when she is placed at the lotus feet of Krishna. Princess Vrinda was an ayoniza ( not born from womb ). You must never cut her. dina krishna-dase koy, ei jena mora hoy It was a soft and gentle kirtana, penetratingly sweet and melodious. She always stays in Vrindavana, absorbed in love for Radha and Krishna. But she’s not an ordinary tree. Then Prabhupada stopped short and became thoughtful. The first set of seeds did not grow. You are enriched by the beauty of the amazing and colorful jewels and ornaments you wear. atyutkayoh keli-vilasa- siddhih vrinde namas te caranaravindam. dattadhikare vrishabhanu-putrya All the scriptures give emphasis on the need of getting mercy from Maa Tulsi if one wants to make progress in devotion. The small crew of us who cared for Baba all feel deeply committed to carrying on his work at Vrinda Kunda. krishnasya vrindavana-dhanya- dhamni They understand the situation we are in and they know our hearts. It was early, just after mangala-arati, on March 27, 1990. (2) bimbadharoditvara-manda-hasya- If you worship Lord Krishna with Tulasi leaves daily, you will attain the results of every kind of austerity, sacrifice, and charity. We attend many marriages in our lives but none like this one. Madhava Baba knew all the scriptural references to Vrinda Devi, and he carefully supervised the tiniest details of this painting. Wherever the shade of Tulasi Devi falls is purified and is … vane tvad-ishanghri-saroja- seva I found many ancient texts from India, some by Srila Prabhupada’s guru and other Vaishnava saints. We pressed Baba to tell us his life story so we could tape it for future publication. 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