has always taught that there is one consciousness pervading all living
beings including the vegetable kingdom. The Tulsi is the living example
of that teaching. The holy Tulsi has been given a special place in all
religious ceremonies including ritual sacrifices and other types of worship.
We find the Tulsi plant in the small gardens of homes of Hindus and in
the medical point of view, the Tulsi is very useful. it is believed that
it cures coughs and colds, if its leaves are boiled In milk and the mixture
taken. Since it is capable of killing parasites, its leaves, if chewed
daily, will prevent Malaria. It also helps in the digestion of food and
circulation of the blood.
is a very dear plant to God. Krishna who weighed against gold ornaments
was found heavier, proved lighter when weighed against a single leaf of
the Tulsi placed on the scale by Rukmini. What is dear to God is also
dear to us and therefore the Tulsi is a holy plant which deserves respect.
is an interesting story about the Tulsi. In olden days, there lived a
king named Jalandhar, who had a wife named Vranda. She was a very devoted
wife and because of her intense devotion to her husband, it was believed
that the king could not come to any harm. Knowing this, the king was rather
cruel towards his subjects. Lord Vishnu thought that this was unfair to
the poor people, so he took the form of King Jalandhar and co-habited
with Vranda. When Vranda came to know of this, she cursed Vishnu who turned
into a stone -Shaligram. Vishnu, therefore, turned her into a plant and
Vranda became Tulsi. Even today, Hindu women worship the Tulsi plant by
lighting a Deepak near the plant.
the 11th day of the bright half of the month of Kartik, the Tulsi is ceremoniously
married to God. This is the festival of Tulsi Vivah.
the Tulsi, if we also endeavour to root out sins, diseases and other evil
influences from the society, we will become dear to God and useful to
the people at large. Wherever there is the Tulsi plant, the atmosphere
appears auspicious and holy. Our salutations to the beneficent and liberating
plant, the Tulsi.