Rishi Prasad- A Spiritual Monthly Publication of Sant Sri Asharam Ji Ashram

Let us worship Tulsi: A mine of qualities

Tulsi holds great importance, not only from religious, spiritual, and cultural viewpoints, but also from health and environment protection viewpoints. Spiritual progress along with peace, happiness and prosperity come naturally to that house where there is a Tulsi plant. It gives many benefits like purity and cleanliness of the environment, eradication of pollution, and strengthening the health
of the family.

Regular consumption of Tulsi brings good fortune, purity of thought, concentration of mind and control over anger. One becomes free from lethargy and feels liveliness throughout the day.

The Tulsi leaf is an excellent Rasayana (rejuvenative therapy). It increases beauty and purifies blood. It is a mine of medicinal properties and a life-giving herb. Atharva Veda claims that the Shyama Tulsi (Ocimum tenuiflorum) is a great medicinal herb. It is also called Vaishnavi because it is dear to Lord Vishnu.

The planting of Tulsi in the house creates a healthy environment, according to science. Lighting a lamp and burning incense under a Tulsi plant improves eyesight and cures difficulty in breathing, because the volatile oil emitted by Tulsi fills you unknowingly with radiance, vigour and strength. Those who read, relax, play and do physical exercise in a Tulsi grove enjoy a long life and lead a spirited life. Tulsi protects them like a shield.

Doing Pranayama near a Tulsi plant increases physical strength, intelligence and vigour. Taking the fresh juice of Tulsi (or Tulsi extract available at service centers of ashram) 1-2 spoon in the morning or eating 5-7 leaves thereof by masticating them well and drinking a glass of water on an empty stomach, enhances strength, lustre and memory.

Victor Resin, a French doctor, conducted extensive research on Tulsi and stated, “Tulsi is a wonder drug which is extremely beneficial in regulating blood pressure, the digestive system, and mental disorders. It increases red blood cell production.”

“The servants of Yama do not come to his house in the vicinity of which there is a grove of Tulsi (where that plant is worshipped daily). That house is as sacred as a pilgrim centre.”       (Skanda Purana)

Lord Mahadeva says to Kartikeya, “Of all the leaves and flowers, the auspicious Tulsi is the best. In the Kaliyuga, Tulsi burns one’s sins, and gives one (takes one to) heaven and salvation on (by) worshipping it, narrating (its account), meditating upon it, planting it and putting its leaves etc., on one’s person) He who teaches about it, and himself practices it, goes to the highest place, viz. Vishnu’s abode.”

(The Padma Purana, Srishti Khanda: 58.131-132)

Pujya Bapuji initiated the celebration of the festival of Tulsi Worship Day on 25th December to enable the entire world to reap its benefits. Now, this day is being celebrated widely, as this beautiful initiative has been welcomed by the people.

Various cults, propagating western culture, organise many programmes  on 25th December in order to demoralise our gullible Indian children and youth by inculcating hedonistic tendencies in them. So, all good sons of the Sanatana Sanskriti should organise Tulsi Worship programmes in their streets and areas so that they can understand the greatness of our culture, explain the same to
others, and reap its benefits. Those who participate in materialising the resolve
of a Self-realised Great Man become eligible to receive and imbibe the blessings of such saints.