Tulasi Devi

I bow down to the Tulasi,
At whose base are all the holy places,
At whose top resides all the deities and in
whose middle are all the Vedas.

"The ancients loved and worshipped trees and plants, such as the banyan tree, bilva and Tulasi, not because the trees bore fruit and helped them to make a profit, but because the Ancients knew that they themselves in truth were one with all of Nature." - From Man and Nature by Amma

Lecture by Dr. K. Parvathi Kumar on 14th of June 2012 in Pr. Oldendorf

There is a big story relating to the Tulasi. You can see, that I was very pleasantly touched when I went up to that place and there I saw so many Tulasi plants.

There are two varieties of Tulasi. One is called Rudra-Tulasi and the other one is Krishna-Tulasi. The Rudra-Tulasi has the vibrations of cosmic will and Krishna-Tulasi the vibration of synthesis. The story says that the value of Tulasi is much more than all the wealth put together of a person. That is why in the Bhagavad Gita the Lord says: "I don't need any offering which is better than Tulasi".

If you make a very detailed observation the plant has many things to communicate. So this is, if you see the plant, it unfolds in a four-fold manner. Like a cross it unfolds. We do not really observe, that's why we don't see it. It unfolds like a four-fold cross and one set of four leaves if you offer at the feet of the Lord He is most pleased than any other offering that you give. More than flowers, the Puranas say, offering this four-fold leave of Tulasi is more pleasing to the Lord.

It is very thoughtful of Christina to think of bringing these seeds from India and developing them as plants here and distributing them to others, to all of us. This is Rudra-Tulasi, meaning, they are containing a lot of will energy. So Christina naturally picks up Rudra-Tulasi to Krishna-Tulasi.

When I came to this room I saw this paper, and I was pleasantly reading it. She has printed this paper and has given me a beautiful Rudra Tulasi plant. All group members have received the same leaflet and one Tulasi plant. On the paper "Shre Tulasi Devi" is written in Hindi and English.

In this leaflet the meaning of the Tulasi Devi is described, under which conditions the plant grows, and the characteristics of the plant meaning and about the medicinal effects as given by me.

It requires tropical warmth, it should not be less than 20 degrees Celsius. So keep it warm; in summer, when there are sun rays, you could put it outside at a warm place.

The medical values are given in this leaflet but the beauty is on the top. The backside, what is given there, it is Krishna-Tulasi. What is being distributed is Rudra-Tulasi. The Krishna-Tulasi has - as you can see the seeds which are violet in colour. When you exactly observe the plant, it may convey many things to you.

There is a story in the life of Krishna.

There are eight ladies to Lord Krishna. Among the eight, one always has an idea to know who is the best among them. So she asked a sage called Narada. (Narada is like the cosmic Michael.) She asks him: Amidst the eight of us, who is the one most liked by Him. Then the seer says: Whosoever weighs Him with whatever they have. So then the lady says: Can I weigh Him with jewellery? All the jewellery I keep in one pan, He can sit in the other. Can I weigh Him like that? You should carry anything material, spiritual, any energy which is equal to Him. Then the lady tries to weigh Him with the help of all the jewellery that she has. In one pan He sits, and into the other she puts the jewellery. But the balance does not move. Then she puts all precious stones and then she puts everything that she has. Then she wonders how is it that He is so heavy, heavier than anything you put into it. She gets surprised.

Then many people try to bring many more things and put it into the other pan. Nothing moves. Then one of the eight ladies, the first one, she says: "You can't weigh Him. Even if you put the whole creation into one pan and put Him into the other pan, He weighs more because He is the basis of the whole". That first lady, she says: "It's a foolish thing to think of weighing the Lord with the help of the things we have." Then she goes to the Tulasi plant and takes one set of four leaves of Tulasi. She asks, all other things to be removed from the other side of the pan. She salutes the Lord and then puts the leaves into it. Then it becomes balanced. Then everyone was surprised. This little plant, is it so valuable that it is equal to Him? Then the sage says: "It is not the plant, it is not the wealth, it is when you completely offer yourself, then He is willing to be your equal. It is self-offering that pleases the Lord, and Tulasi is a plant that has that energy of self-offering."

You may Me offer anything, but no-one offers himself or herself. So the Lord says, Tulasi is like this - she is the best example for self-offering. When we offer the self to the divine, then the divine is pleased to be equal to you. Equal means, He raises you to be His equal. That is what Master CVV also says: He whosoever offers himself to Me, I shall make him as much as I am."

There is really a big story relating to Tulasi. You can see, that I was very pleasantly touched.

I would say, that it was indeed a very good and sublime thought to bring these seeds, to grow them and to distribute them to group members.

So thank you for offering this plant.

Dr. K.Parvathi Kumar

'Oh, Narada! Every house, every village, every forest, wherever the plant of Tulsi is grown, there misery, fear, disease and poverty do not exist.'

Tulsi is mentioned in the ancient scriptures of India. In the Padmapurana (24.2) Lord Shiva tells the sage Narada about this power: "Oh Narada, wherever Tulsi grows there is no misery. She is the holiest of the holy. Wherever the breeze blows her fragrance there is purity. Vishnu showers blessing on those who worship and grow Tulsi. Tulsi is sacred because Brahma resides in the roots, Vishnu resides in the stems and leaves and Rudra resides in the flowering tops."

The various benefits of Tulsi are seen as a boon to mankind:

Tulsi has great power to heal: The Tulsi plant has many medicinal values. The leaves are calming the nerves and sharpen memory. They promote the removal of catarrhal matter and phlegm from the bronchial tube along with the mucus in the respiratory passages. The leaves strengthen the stomach. The seeds of the plant are mucilaginous.

A Tea made from Tulsi is described to be beneficial regarding digestive disorder and is recommended for children with stomach ache.

Tulsi makes a good medicine for headache. A decoction of the leaves can be given for this disorder. Pounded leaves mixed with sandalwood paste can also be applied on the forehead for getting relief from heat, headache, and for providing coolness in general.

To sharpen the memory you can use 10 tulsi leves with 5 black pepper an 4 almonds with honey.

Tulsi juice is an effective remedy for sore eyes and night-blindness, which is generally caused by deficiency of vitamin A. Two drops of black Tulsi juice are put into the eyes daily at bedtime. Thus also improves the vision.

Tulsi is useful in Fever & common cold: The leaves of Tulsi are specific in many fevers. During the rainy season, when malaria and dengue fever are widely prevalent, tender leaves, boiled with tea, act as preventive against these fevers. In case of acute fevers, a decoction of the leaves boiled with powdered cardamom in half a litre of water and consumed with sugar and milk which brings down the temperature. The juice of Tulsi leaves can be used to bring down fever. Extract of Tulsi leaves in fresh water should be given every 2 to 3 hours. In children, it is very effective in bringing down the temperature.
If the fever is accompanied by cough and difficulty in breathing, taking 3 gms. of Tulsi juice and 3 gms. of ginger juice with a teaspoonful of honey. The fever will subside and phlegm will be removed, making breathing easier.

Common pediatric problems like like cough, cold, fever, diarrhoea and vomiting respond favourably to the juice of Tulsi leaves. In chicken pox delay the appearance of the pustules, Tulsi leaves taken with saffron will hasten them.
As Tulsi is a very mild and harmless substance it is ideal for treating the diseases of children. Many of the children disease’s and disorders such as fevers, coughs, regurgitation of milk, difficulty in breathing etc. get cured quickly by this Tulsi based treatment.
In the cases of dry cough, prepare the following extract. Take 5 gms. of Tulsi inflorescences, 5 gms. of vaj peepar (sweet flag) and 20 gms. of crystal sugar and boil them in 500 gms. of water until half of the water remains. Now strain and cool the extract. Give, one teaspoonful extract four to five times to cure the trouble.
In case of normal cough administer a mixture of five gms. of Tulsi leaves, five gms. of Kakdashingi and five gms. of ‘ativish’ buds crushed together, made into a paste with honey and mother’s milk.
Kasondara leaf-juice given with Tulsi leaves’ juice is a tried and tested remedy for coughs.

Tulsi is good for Coughs: Tulsi is an important constituent of many Ayurvedic cough syrups and expectorants. It helps to mobilize mucus in bronchitis and asthma thus is very beneficial for the maintenance of a very healthy respiratory passage. Chewing Tulsi leaves relieves cold and flu.

Tulsi - an excellent remedy for Sore Throat: Water boiled with Tulsi leaves is taken as drink in patients with sore throat. This water can also be used as a gargle.

Tulsi - an excellent remedy for Respiratory Disorders: The herb is useful in the treatment of respiratory system disorder. A decoction of the leaves, with honey and ginger is an effective remedy for bronchitis, asthma, influenza, cough and cold. A decoction of the leaves, cloves and common salt also gives immediate relief within the case of influenza. They should be boiled in half a litre of water till only half the water is left and then taken.

Mouth Infections: The leaves are quite effective for the ulcer and infections in the mouth. A few leaves chewed will cure these conditions. Moreover the leaves are also beneficial in the maintenance of the healthy oral hygiene.

Teeth Disorder: The herb is useful in teeth disorders. Its leaves, dried in the sun and powdered, can be used for brushing teeth. It can also be mixed with mustard oil to make a paste and used as toothpaste. This is very good for maintaining dental health, counteracting bad breath and for massaging the gums. It is also useful in pyorrhoea and other teeth disorders.

Heart Disorder: Tulsi has a beneficial effect in cardiac diseases and the weakness resulting from the various cardiac disorders. It even reduces the level of blood cholesterol.

Stress: Tulsi leaves are regarded as an adaptogen' or anti-stress agent. These are known to provide protection against stress. Even healthy persons can chew 12 leaves of Tulsi, twice a day, to prevent stress. It purifies blood and helps prevent several common ailments.

Tulsi for Kidney Stone: Tulsi has a strengthening effects on the kidney. In cases of renal stone the juice of Tulsi leaves and honey, if taken regularly for six months it will expel them through the urinary tract.

Insect Bites: The herb is a prophylactic or preventive for insect stings or bites. A teaspoon full of the juice of these leaves is taken and is repeated after a few hours. Fresh juice must also be applied to the affected parts. A paste of fresh roots is also effective in case of bites of insects and leeches.

Skin Disorders: Applied locally, Tulsi juice is beneficial in the treatment of ringworm and other skin diseases. It is also very beneficial in skin disorders as leucoderma.

Ingredients of the Tulsi plant (Ocimum sanctum)

ascorbic acid, carotene, alkaloid, ß-sitosterol, glycoside, saponine, tannic acid, bornyl acetat, cadinen, camphene, camphor, carvacrol, ß-caryophyllene, decyl aldehyde, eugenol, stigmasterol, humelen, limonene, methyl chavicol, nerole, alpha- an ß-pinene, gamma-selinene, ß-carotin, apigenine, luteolin, molludistine, oreantine, ursolic acid, sitosterol, galuteolin, cirsilineol, gall acid, caffeic acid, 4-hydroxy benzoic aldehyde, palmitin acid, stearin acid, myristin acid, oleic acid and linoleic acid.

"I offer my repeated obeisances unto Vrnda, Srimati Tulasi-Devi, who is very dear to Lord Kesava. O goddess, you bestow devotional service to Lord Krishna and possess the highest truth." (Pranama-Mantra from Purana scriptures)


Tulasi is the example of becoming conscious about the importance of giving honour to holy plants carrying medicinal qualities. Tulasi is well known as an elixir of life. It is a plant, not only supporting the immune system but also bringing forth our ability for devotion. Tulasi means "the incomparable one" and already long time ago, was seen as one of the most effective medicinal plants by the Rishis. Amma is giving the advice to plant a Tulasi in our home and worship the plant daily to allow a more close relationship with nature. This will also help to open our heart and to develop within ourselves devotion, believe, compassion and clarity. The meaning of this ritual is to thank Mother Nature and to to worship the plant`s indwelling Goddess.

Each tree and each plant to which one you have a special relationship are suitable for such practices. This ritual is traditionally done in the morning while watering the plants and in such a manner one is offering water to them.

Tulsi planting ritual with Sri K.P.Kumar & Srmt. Krishna Kumari

KLIM Krishnaya Govindaya
Gopijana Vallabhaya Namaha


who is also the "INVISIBLE ONE" (Krishna),

Glories of Tulasi Devi from Sristrikand

Kartikeya inquired, "My dear Father (Lord Siva), which tree or plant is capable of giving love of God?"

Lord Siva replied, "My dear son, of all trees and plants, Tulasi Devi is the topmost, She is all auspicious, the fulfiller of all desires, completely pure, most dear to Lord Krishna, and the topmost devotee.

Long ago, Lord Krishna, for the welfare of all conditioned souls, brought Vrindadevi in the form of a plant (Tulasi) and planted Her in this material world. Tulasi is the essence of all devotional activities. Without Tulasi leaves, Lord Krishna does not like to accept flowers, food stuffs, sandalwood paste; in fact, anything without Tulasi leaves is not looked upon by Lord Krishna.

One who worships Lord Krishna daily with Tulasi leaves, attains the results of all kinds of austerities, charities, fire sacrifices. In fact, he does not have any other duties to perform and he has realised the essence of all scriptures.

Just as the Ganges river is purifying all who bathe in her, so Tulasi Devi is purifying the three worlds.

It is not possible to describe the full benefit of offering Tulasi Manjaris (flowers) to Lord Krishna. Lord Krishna, along with all the demigods, lives wherever there is Tulasi Devi. For this reason, one should plant Tulasi Devi at one's home and offer worship daily. One who sits near Tulasi Devi and chants or recites prayers will attain the results much faster.

All forms of ghosts and demons run away from that place where Tulasi Devi is planted and all kinds of sinful reactions are destroyed when one comes close to Tulasi Devi. One who makes a garden of Tulasi Devi gets the results of all charities and of one hundred fire sacrifices.

One who puts into his mouth or on his head the Tulasi leaves, after they have been offered to Lord Krishna, attains the abode of Lord Krishna. In Kali-yuga, one who worships, performs kirtan in front of, remembers, plants, or keeps Tulasi, burns up all his sinful reactions and attains Lord Krishna's abode very quickly.

One who preaches the glories of Tulasi Devi and also practices what he preaches, becomes very dear to Lord Krishna.

One who worships Tulasi Devi has already satisfied his guru, the brahmins, demigods, and all the holy places.

One who offers a Tulasi leaf to Lord Krishna becomes a Vaisnava very quickly. What is the need of all the scriptures for one who has offered the wood or leaves of Tulasi Devi to Lord Krishna, for he will never have to taste the milk from the breast of a mother again (he will never take birth again).

One who has worshipped Lord Krishna with the leaves of Tulasi Devi has already released all his ancestors from this realm of birth and death.

My dear Kartikeya, I have told you many of the glories of Tulasi Devi. If I was to describe Her glories for eternity, I still would not be able to reach their conclusion.

One who remembers or tells others these glorifications of Tulasi Devi will never take birth again."

We would like to express our gratitude to all who have made possible to gather all this knowledge and wisdom.