Through this work, our spiritual strength will be increased and our understanding of krishna-bhakti will become mature. The parrots serve Vrinda Devi by carrying messages to various parts of Vrindavana. The small crew of us who cared for Baba all feel deeply committed to carrying on his work at Vrinda Kunda. Lord Krishna resides happily in the house where Tulasi-devi is present. Remove dead branches if absolutely necessary. But you can tie back the branches obstructing the entrance.”, Even after tying back the branches, Tulasi kept growing, and the problem continued. It was a moment of incredible awe and ecstasy! tat-prema-sevam labhate kritarthah. In the Skanda Purana it is said: ‘Tulasi is auspicious in all respects. mrigadibhir madhava-keli- kunjah Tulasi Devi can be used in many ways to please the Supreme Lord, but never for gratifying one’s senses. sa prapya vrindavana-nitya-vasam During this time, I visited Vrinda Kunda. O Vrinda Devi, I offer my respectful obeisances to your lotus feet. Wherever the smell of Tulasi Devi is taken by the wind it purifies everyone who comes in contact with it. 8) bhaktya vihina aparadha-lakshaihkshiptas ca kamadi-taranga-madhye kripamayi tvam sharanam prapannavrinde namas te caranaravindam. How is Diwali celebrated in countries other than India? Collect leaves once in the morning for worshiping Krishna and for putting on the plates of food to be offered to Him. Because Baba had become old and ill, he wanted to leave his work to reliable people who were also devoted to Tulasi Devi. vrinde namas te caranaravindam. 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 (8) bhaktya vihina aparadha-lakshaih Lord Krishna and Srimati Radharani have given Vrinda Devi her role as queen of Vrindavana. 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. 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. Pick the manjaris as soon as they blossom. 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. Therefore, most important is to serve her with love and devotion. Lord Krishna likes garlands of Tulasi leaves. (3) samasta-vaikuntha-shiromanau shri- She controls how the wind blows, where and when it rains, how trees bend, etc. 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. 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All rights reserved. brahma-hatyadikani ca Srila Prabhupada gave his disciples the following prayers for worshiping Tulasi Devi. Prabhupada talked on and on about the glories of Tulasi Devi, and he was in such joyful spirits! —A house where Tulasi Devi is present never falls on bad times, and it becomes purer than all holy places. And of course, one of the biggest boost-givers is Tulasi Devi, the sacred plant and beloved servant of Lord Krishna. krishnasya vrindavana-dhanya- dhamni On meeting him, I felt a strong urge to assist him and began by helping with his medical expenses. 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. I felt humbled and joyful that even in my ignorance I had been given an opportunity to serve him in this way. shri-radha-govinda-preme sada jena bhasi. Garlands made of 10000 tulsi leaves, water mixed with tulsi, food items sprinkled with Tulsi are offered in veneration to Vishnu or Krishna. My intuition was that he had given us as much as we could then understand. When picking Tulasi leaves, chant the following mantra: Never cut or prune Tulasi Devi. This is a great offense. Witnessing his love and devotion for Vrinda Devi was our greatest gift. I saw the energy of death in action—compelling, relentless, moving forward like a bulldozer, pushing the soul out of the body. 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. First, the obeisance is offered to Tulsi-Devi reciting the Tulsi pranama mantra. 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. She is highly worshipped in Hindu households, by both young and old. kripa kori’ koro tare brindavana- basi We sat beside his bed and chanted Hare Krishna on our beads. 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. Oct 9, 2015 - Explore michele b's board "Tulsi devi" on Pinterest. 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. vrinde namas te caranaravindam. I am delighted to share her story with you. 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. 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. Never use Tulasi leaves or flowers to make teas or juices, even after they’ve been offered to Krishna. This also signifies the ending of the Chhaturmas period that corresponds to monsoons and beginning of the auspicious period for weddings. The living entities who attain the service of the lotus feet of your Lord reside in Vrindavana. O goddess, you bestow devotional service to Lord Krsna and possess the highest truth. Never pick Tulasi leaves for any other purpose than to offer to the Lord. Place leftover Tulasi wood within the earth. 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. “O Tulasi, beloved of Krishna, I bow before you again and again. It is the shining crest jewel of all the Vaikunthas, and Srimati Radharani, the daughter of King Vrishabhanu, has made Vrinda Devi the ruling monarch of Lord Krishna’s opulent and auspicious abode of Vrindavana.”. Every center should be encouraged to grow Tulsi. ), namo namah tulasi! Some worship her as a plant, and some get a deity made. Devotees of Krishna worship a little tree. Text 104 #8. Death is a powerful, compelling force, hard to describe, yet almost tangible. Garlands made of 10000 tulsi leaves, water mixed with tulsi, food items sprinkled with Tulsi are offered in veneration to Vishnu or Krishna. I daily worshiped a thin green sprout until it became painfully evident that it was a blade of grass. This song is in Bengali. In fact, he has no other duties to perform, and he has realized the essence of the scriptures. We pointed this out to Srila Prabhupada and asked his permission to trim some of the branches. He had spent years in Vrindavana working to restore and develop Vrinda Kunda, the eternal home of Vrinda Devi, the cowherd-girl form of Tulasi Devi. radha-krishna-seva pabo ei abhilashi Don’t shake or stroke the branch and damage healthy leaves. Pick with care and attention. They were large, round beads, shiny from years of use, with a mystical quality that still sticks in my mind. Krishna-jivani: She is the life and soul of Lord Krishna. We were seeing a divine soul depart for the realm of Goloka, and we cried for joy. —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. je tomara sharana loy, tara vancha purna hoy Sri Tulasi-kirtana . So my understanding became quite basic: somehow, growing Tulasimade Srila Prabhupada very, very pleased. —One who worships Lord Krishna with Tulasi leaves releases all his ancestors from the realm of birth and death. Every morning devotees should water and pray to Tulasi Devi and circumambulate her three times. First day of Mayapur Kirtan Mela 2015. On the full moon-day of Kartik Lord Sri Krishna Himself worships Srimati Tulasi-devi with this Mantra. A ceremony called the Tulsi Vivah takes place between the Prabodhini Ekadashi to Kartrik Purnima usually on 11th or 12th lunar day. seva-adhikara diye koro nija dasi lilabhidhana kila krishna- shaktih What may be fearful and horrible for others was for Baba a joyous reunion with his beloved Lord. Do not place Tulasi leaves on the feet of anyone other than Lord Vishnu in His various forms. It is a great offense to cook or heat Tulasi, or to use her for mundane purposes, such as medicines and ointments. mor ei abhilash, bilas kunje dio vas O Vrinda Devi, I offer my respectful obeisances to your lotus feet. 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. —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. ei nivedana dharo, sakhir anugata koro Put at least one leaf on each preparation. Now tulasi plants are growing in almost every center of our movement. O Vrinda Devi, I offer my respectful obeisances to your lotus feet. I offer my repeated obeisances unto Vrnda, Srimati Tulasi Devi, who is very dear to Lord Kesava. 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