CH17 – Blessings Tulasī Devī will Bestow

Radhika Raman Das
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Lord Nārāyaṇa continued….

“The sanctifying Tulasī tree will grow in Goloka, on the coast of the Virajā River, on the rasa-dance site, in the forests of Vṛndāvana, Bhāṇḍīra, Campaka, Candana, and in the groves of Mādhavī, Ketakī, Kunda, Mallika and Mālatī. You will live in sacred places and bestow the highest religious merit. All the holy spots will converge and reside at the root of the Tulasī tree, and thus spiritual merits will accrue to all. O fair one, all the demigods and I will wait there to gather the falling Tulasī leaves.

“Whoever will be moistened or anointed with the water that has been sanctified by Tulasī leaves, will reap the benefits of having bathed in all the sacred rivers and performed all kinds of sacrifices.

“Lord Hari will not be as pleased with the gift of a thousand jars of honey as with one Tulasī leaf.

“Offering one such leaf as a gift will bring the same reward obtained by offering millions of cows.

“If one offers Tulasī leaves during the month of Kārttika, he gets the same rewards as those just mentioned.

“If, at the time of death, one drinks or gets the Tulasī-leaf water, one will be freed of all his sins and proceed to Vaikuṇṭha.

“Whoever drinks the Tulasī-leaf water daily will be redeemed in his lifetime and receive the benefit of a dip in the Ganges.

“Whoever plucks a Tulasī leaf, keeps it on his person, and then leaves his body in a holy place, will go to Viṣṇuloka.

“Anyone who worships Me with this leaf daily will reap the blessings of a hundred thousand horse sacrifices.

“Anyone who leaves his body holding a Tulasī leaf in his hands will be saved from all sins.

“Anyone who wears a necklace composed of Tulasī wood, will surely, at every step, get the reward of a horse sacrifice.

“Whoever breaks his promise while holding the Tulasī leaf will go to the Kālasūtra hell for as long as the sun and moon last.

“Anyone who gives false evidence in the presence of the Tulasī leaf, will go to the Kumbhīpāka hell for as long as the lifespans of fourteen Indras.

“Whoever at the time of death drinks or gets a little Tulasī-leaf water will certainly proceed to Vaikuṇṭha, leaving in a jeweled airplane.

“Lord Hari will decapitate that person who, on the day of the new moon or the full moon, or on the twelfth or last day of the lunar month, or after being anointed with oil just before taking a bath, or at noon, night, daybreak or sundown, or in a state of impurity or in one’s night dress-will cull or pluck the Tulasī leaf.

“O chaste one, even if such a leaf is kept for three nights and becomes dry, it can still be employed in connection with funeral ceremonies, vows, gifts, consecration of temples and the worship of demigods.

“If Tulasī leaves that were offered to Lord Viṣṇu have fallen on the ground or on water are then properly washed, they may still be used for other sacred purposes.

“You will always be the presiding deity of the Tulasī plant here on Earth, and at the same time you will always sport with Śrī Kṛṣṇa in solitude in Goloka. You will also be the presiding deity of the Gaṇḍakī River, and thereby shower India with religious merit. You will further be the wife of the ocean of salt, which is My partial expansion. O chaste goddess, you will always remain personally by My side and enjoy My company, as Lakṣmī does.

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Raman (Radhika Raman Das) joined ISKCON in 2003 and got initiated by HH Bhakti Caitanya Swami Maharaj in 2011. As the Editor in Chief at "The Vaisnava - Online Magazine", he helps readers around the world hone in their Spiritual Curiosity, express their unique realizations as aspiring Vaisnava writers and enthusiasts, as well as to spread the digital seed of Srila Prabhupada's mission to spread Krishna Consciousness all around the globe.
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