Benefits of Rendering Service or Praying to Tulasi Devi
Posted November 18, 2008on:
by Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur, Gaudiya Bhasya.
NIRMITA TVAM PURA DEVAIR ARCITA TVAM SURASURAIH
TULASI HARA ME PAPAM PUJAM GRHNA NAMOSTUTE
(HARI BHAKTI VILASA 9/101 from SKANDA PURANA)
Oh Tulasi, you previously appeared in this world due to the demigods. The
demigods and demons together worship you. Please remove all of my sins. I pay
my obeisances unto you. FOOTNOTE
YA DRSTA NIKHILA AGHA SANGHA SAMANI SPRSTA VAPUH PAVANI
ROGANAM ABHIVANDITA NIRASINI SIKTANTAKA TRASINI
PRATYA SATTI VIDHAYINI BHAGAVATAH KRSNASYA SAMROPITA
NYASTA TACCARANE VIMUKTI PHALADA TASYAI NAMAH
(HARI BHAKTI VILASA 9/104 from SKANDA PURANA, AVANTI KHANDA)
Just by looking at you (Tulasi), all sins become removed. Just by touching
you, one’s body becomes pure. By praying to her, all diseases practically
become removed. If one waters her or makes her wet, the fear of Yamaraja
(death personified) is destroyed. Just by planting or transplanting, one
achieves nearness to the Supreme Personality of Godhead. If someone offers
Tulasi at the lotus feet of Lord Sri Krsna, she awards liberation and devotion
to Him, therefore I pay my humble obeisances to such a wonderful Tulasidevi.
PRADAKSINAM BHRAMITVA YE NAMASKURVANTI NITYASAH
NA TESAM DURITAM KINCID AKSINAM AVASISYATE
(HARI BHAKTI VILASA 9/111 from AGASTYA SAMHITA)
If someone daily goes around Tulasi and pays obeisances to her, there is no
more sin to be destroyed in him.
HITVA TIRTHA-SAHASRANI SARVAN API SILOCCAYAN
TULASI KANANE NITYAM KALAU TISTHATI KESAVAH
(HARI BHAKTI VILASA 9/116 from SKANDA PURANA)
In Kali-yuga, Lord Sri Kesava, after giving up thousands of places of
pilgrimage and holy days, He resides in the forest of Tulasidevi.
DRSTVA SPRSTVA TATHA DHYATA KIRTITA NAMITA SRTA
ROPITA SEVITA NITYAM PUJITA TULASI SUBHA
NAVADHA TULASIM NITYAM YE BHAJANTI DINE DINE
YUGA KOTI SAHASRANI TE VASANTI HARER GRHE
(HARI BHAKTI VILASA 9/126,127 from SKANDA PURANA conversation between Lord
Brahma and Narada Muni)
Any person who daily sees Tulasi, touches Tulasi, chants Tulasi’s prayers,
meditates on Tulasi, pays obeisances to her, hears about her, transplants and
worships her, he achieves all auspiciousness. Any person who does these nine
kinds of service goes to the abode of the Supreme Lord Hari and remains there
SNANE DANE TATHA DHYANE PRASANE KESAVA ARCANE
TULASI DAHATE PAPAM ROPANE KIRTANE KALAU
(HARI BHAKTI VILASA 9/132 from SKANDA PURANA, AVANTI KHANDA)
In Kali-yuga, Tulasidevi burns up all of a person’s sins who bathes her,
gives her in charity, meditates on her, eats her leaves, worships Lord Sri
Kesava with her, transplants her or sings her glories.
TULASY ALANKRTA YE YE TULASI NAMA JAPAKAH
TULASI VANA PALAYE TE TYAJYA DURATO BHATAH
(HARI BHAKTI VILASA 9/133 from SKANDA PURANA, KASI KHANDA Yamaraja instructs
Oh messengers, anybody who is decorated with Tulasi wood or chants her name,
always protects a Tulasi forest, you should give up bringing such persons to
DARSANAM NARMADAYAS TU GANGA SNANAM VISAM VARA
TULASI DALA SAMSPARSAH SAMAM ETAT TRAYAM SMRTAM
ROPANAT PALANAT SEKAD DARSANAT SPARSANAT NRNAM
TULASI DAHATE PAPAM VANG MANAH KAYA SANCITAM
(HARI BHAKTI VILASA 9/139,140 from PADMA PURANA)
Oh best of the Vaisyas, seeing Narmada, taking bath in the Ganges, and
touching Tulasi leaves are equally meritorious. If somebody plants, protects,
waters, sees or touches Tulasi, then that person’s sins acquired by body, mind
and words are burnt into ashes.
YAD GRHE TULASI BHATI RAKSABHIR JALASECANAIH
TAD GRHAM YAMA DUTAS CA DURATO VARJAYANTI HI
(HARI BHAKTI VILASA 9/145 from PADMA PURANA, KARTIKA MAHATMYA)
In any house where Tulasi Maharani is very carefully protected and watered,
the messengers of Yamaraja give up that house from a distance.
VISNOS TRAILOKYA NATHASYA RAMASYA JANAKATMAJA
PRIYA TATHAIVA TULASI SARVA LOKAIKA PAVANI
(HARI BHAKTI VILASA 9/151 from AGASTYA SAMHITA)
As the daughter of Janaka, Sri Sitadevi, is very dear to Lord Rama, the
master of the three worlds, similarly, Tulasidevi, who purifies all of the
planets, is very dear to Him.
TULASI VAPITA YENA PUNYARAME VANE GRHE
PAKSINDRA TENA SATYOKTAM LOKAH SAPTA PRATISTHITAH
(HARI BHAKTI VILASA 9/157 from GARUDA PURANA)
Oh king of the birds (Garuda), anyone who has planted a garden of Tulasi,
either in the forest or in the house, I truthfully say that he has won the
seven planetary systems.
SANSARA-PAPA VICCHEDI GANGA NAMA PRAKIRTITAM
TATHA TULASYA BHAKTIS CA HARI KIRTI PRAVAKTARI
(HARI BHAKTI VILASA 9/161 from BRHAN NARADIYA PURANA)
As by chanting the name of Ganges, one becomes free from all kinds of worldly
sins, if someone chants the name of Tulasi or chants the glories of Lord Hari
with devotion, he gets the same merit.
TRNANI TULASI MULAT YAVANTYAPAHINOTI VAI
TAVATTIR BRAHMA HATYA HI CHINATY EVA NASAMSAYAH
(HARI BHAKTI VILASA 9/165 from BRHAN NARADIYA PURANA conversation between
Yamaraja and Bhagiratha)
Anybody who removes the straw or dirt from the root of Tulasidevi, as many as
he has removed, that many sinful reactions of killing brahmanas will be
removed from him without a doubt.
DURLABHA TULASI SEVA DURLABHA SUNGATIH SATAM
DURLABHA HARI BHAKTIS CA SANSARARNAVA-PATINAM
(HARI BHAKTI VILASA 9/170 from BRHAN NARADIYA PURANA)
Those people who have fallen in the midst of this material world, among them
worship of Tulasi is very rare, the association of real saintly persons is
very rare, and real devotion to Lord Hari is also very rare.
YASMIN GRHE DVIJA SRESTHA TULASIMULA MRTTIKA
SARVADA TISTHATE DEHE DEVATA NA SA MANUSA
TULASI MRTTIKA YATRA KASTHAM PATRAN CA VESMANI
TISTHATE MUNI SARDULA NISCALAM VAISNAVA PADAM
(HARI BHAKTI VILASA 9/183,186 from SKANDA PURANA conversation between Lord
Brahma and Narada Muni)
Oh best among the brahmanas, in anybody’s house or on his body, if the mud
from Tulasi is available, they are not just men, but they are equal to the
demigods. Oh best among the sages, in anyone’s house, if there is the clay of
Tulasi, Tulasi wood, and Tulasi leaves available, that house is certainly a
place of Lord Visnu.
TULASI MULA SAMBHUTA HARI BHAKTA PADODBHAVA
GANGODBHAVA CA MRLLEKHA NAYATY ACYUTA RUPATAM
(HARI BHAKTI VILASA 9/189)
Any person who puts on tilaka from the mud or clay from the root of Tulasi,
mud from the lotus feet of Sri Vaisnava, and mud from the Ganges is said to be
equal to the form of Lord Sri Visnu.
PATRAM PUSPAM PHALAM KASTHAM TVAT SAKHA-PALLAVANKURAM
TULASI SAMBHAVAM MULAM PAVANAM MRTTIKADY API
(HARI BHAKTI VILASA 9/191 from PRAHLADA SAMHITA and VISNU DHARMOTTARA)
Leaves of Tulasi, flowers of Tulasi, fruits of Tulasi, branches of Tulasi,
bark of Tulasi, sprout of Tulasi, blossom or bud of Tulasi, and clay of Tulasi
are all completely purified.
YAH KURYAT TULASI KASTHAIR AKSA MALAM SURUPINIM
KANTHA MALAM CA YATNENA KRTAM TASYAKSAYAM BHAVET
(HARI BHAKTI VILASA 9/199 from SKANDA PURANA, AGASTYA SAMHITA, conversation
between Lord Brahma and Narada Muni)
Any person who makes a beautiful japamala or neck beads out of Tulasi wood
and uses them, if he does not perform any worship to Lord Sri Visnu, all of
his activities become unlimitedly resultful.
YASYA NABHI STHITAM PATRAM MUKHE SIRASI KARNAYOH
TULASI SAMBHAVAM NITYAM TIRTHAIS TASYA MAKHAIS CA KIM
(HARI BHAKTI VILASA 9/200 from SKANDA PURANA conversation between Lord Brahma
and Narada Muni)
If anyone daily has Tulasi leaves on his navel, in his mouth, on his head, or
on both of his ears, what is the use of him going to the places of pilgrimage
in this world?
YAH KASCIT VAISNAVO LOKE MITHYACARO’PY ANASRAMI
PUNATI SAKALAN LOKAN SIRASA TULASIM VAHAN
(HARI BHAKTI VILASA 9/202 from SKANDA PURANA)
If any Vaisnava in this world becomes a liar or becomes degraded from his own
asrama, if he has a Tulasi leaf on his head, he can alone purify the three
Srila Sanatana Gosvami gives his Digdarsani-tika commentary on this verse,
stating that if Vaisnavas wear articles which have been offered to the Supreme
Lord, then one may question how a Vaisnava can wear something which has not
been offered to the Supreme Lord. In answer to this, it can be stated that
only a lying or cheating “Vaisnava” can do such a thing because they are all
hypocrites and not real Vaisnavas.
BHAKSITAM LUBDHAKENAPI PATRAM TULASI SAMBHAVAM
PASCAD DISTANTAM APANNO BHASMI BHUTAM KALEVARAM
SITA SITAM YATHA NIRAM SARVA PAPA KSAYAVAHAM
TATHA CA TULASI PATRAM PRASITAM SARVA KAMADAM
(HARI BHAKTI VILASA 9/213,214 from SKANDA PURANA conversation between Vasistha
and King Mandhata)
Even if a most sinful hunter eats a Tulasi leaf and dies afterwards, whatever
sins he has in his body turn into ashes. As whitish and blackish water (Ganges
and Yamuna water) remove all kinds of sins, in the very same way, white
(green) and black Tulasis removes all kinds of sins, and if he eats these
leaves (after offering them to Lord Krsna), all of his desires are perfectly
KRTVA PAPA SAHASRANI PURVE VAYASI MANAVAH
TULASI BHAKSANAN MUCYET SRUTAM ETAT PURA HAREH
(HARI BHAKTI VILASA 9/218 from SKANDA PURANA conversation between Vasistha and
Any person, in his young age commits thousands of sins but later on eats a
Tulasi leaf, he becomes free from all sins. This narration was heard
previously near Lord Sri Hari.
KIM CITRAM ASYAH PATITAM TULASYA
DALAM JALAM VA PATITAM PUNITE
LAGNADI BHALA STHALAM ALAVALA
MRTSNAPI KRTSNA AGHA VINASANAYA
SRIMAT TULASYAH PATRASYA MAHATMYAM YADYAPI DRSAM
TATHAPI VAISNAVES TAN NA GRAHYAM KRSNARPANAM VINA
(HARI BHAKTI VILASA 9/226,227)
What can I say about the wonderful glories of Tulasi? Her fallen leaves, her
rotten leaves and her water, even if fallen (mixed with her mud?) is
purifying. If even a minute quantity of the mud which has emanated from the
Tulasi root has been placed on one’s head, all of one’s sins are removed.
Although Tulasi is so glorious (and her leaves are so purifying), still
Vaisnavas never eat Tulasi leaves without first offering them to the Supreme
Personality of Godhead, Krsna.
“Anyone who has received initiation in the Vaishnava mantras is obliged to engage in regular worship of the Deity, including offering all he eats to the Lord. When devotees make such food offerings, they should remember to place tulasi leaves or flowers on them because Lord Vishnu does not accept any food without tulasi. Tulasi is most beloved of Lord Krishna and thus her leaves and flowers are also most dear to Him. The term värkñärcävatära, meaning the Lord’s incarnation meant for accepting worship (arcävatära) in the form of a tree (värkña) is applied to Tulasi Devi. Her leaves and flowers are therefore prescribed as an essential part of the worship of the Lord’s other arcävatära, i.e., the deity form of the Lord in the temple. These regulations are found in all the scriptural texts that describe the procedures by which one is to worship such deity forms of the Lord.”Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur, Gaudiya Bhasya.