Tulsi - a mine of qualities
Tulsi (basil) is no doubt a divine herb, but more than that it is also considered
in Hindu Dharma and culture as a symbol of beauty, sanskara, purity and piety of the house.
It occurs in the Garuda Purana: “Tulsi burns one’s sins accumulated in former existences
on planting it, growing it, watering it, meditating upon it, touching it, and narrating its account.”
It occurs in the Padma Purana: “He who teaches the worship etc., of Tulsi, and himself practices it, goes to the highest place, viz. Vishnu’s abode.”
Many qualities and many names
Tulsi is given different names according to its properties, in the Vedas, Puranas, and books on pharmacology. For example ‘Kaayasthaa’ because it steadies the body, ‘Tivraa’ because it is sharp in effect, ‘Devadundubhi’ because it is the abode of divine qualities, ‘Daityaghni’ because it destroys the demons of disease, ‘Paavani’ because it sanctifies one’s mind, speech and acts; ‘Pootapatri’ because it makes one pure, ‘Saralaa’ because it is easily available to all, ‘Surasaa’ because it activates the salivary glands, etc.
Tulsi blossom- a shield against disease
Soaking Tulsi blossom in water and then sprinkling on the body acts like a shield, giving protection from disease. Tulsi seeds contain greenish yellow volatile oil which enter the body through skin pores and protect against various disease.
Glory of Tulsi as described by Pujyashri
Pujya Bapuji said in His satsang discourses, “Grind Tulsi leaves and make an unguent from it. Rubbing it on the body, helps in epilepsy. Keep 51 leaves of Tulsi stealthily under the
pillow of someone who has lost sleep. He will start getting sleep.
Wear a mala of Tulsi beads: Wearing a string of Tulsi beads around one’s neck helps in so many
illnesses, maintains vigour and strength in one’s life, and strengthens immunity. Puranic tales mention
that any virtuous act done wearing a Tulsi mala around the neck becomes infinitely fruitful.
Even scientific research has now proved that Tulsi has the wonderful property of producing and activating bioelectric energy in the body. Scientists say that this much consumption of Tulsi prevents cancer, but we have not selected Tulsi only for the prevention and cure of cancer. Our intention is not limited to cure of physical disease but to keep the mind cheerful, eradicate the disease of birth and death and thereby kindle divine joy while living.”