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The Importance of Tulsi

Discussion in 'Chitvish on Hindu Culture & Vedanta' started by Chitvish, Jan 18, 2007.

  1. Chitvish

    Chitvish Moderator IL Hall of Fame

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    Hello Perfectly Perfect !

    I will tell you, from what I know.
    It is kept outside, more for sunlight. It is kept in a tulsi-madam, a lamp is kept in front, kolam is drawn & tusi is worshipped. The olden day belief was that ladies should not touch it during their menstrual cycle. So, keeping it outside the house was suitable.
    There is nothing wrong in keeping it inside, provided it gets enough sunlight, air etc.
    Generally, if a tulsi plant is worshipped, the leaves from that are not plucked, to be eaten - well, my knowledge on all these customs is meagre.
    I am [posting in tamil, below, what is given in a tamil book.
    Thankyou for the F b.
    Love,
    Chithra.
     
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    துளஸி குறிப்புகள்

    ஸ்ரீவத்ஸ வெ. சோமதேவ சர்மா எழுதியது:
    பூஜை செய்த துளஸிச் செடியிலிருந்து பூஜைக்குத் துளஸி எடுக்கக் கூடாது. ஸ்த்ரீகள் துளஸியை எடுக்கக் கூடாது. புருஷர்களும் மத்தியானத்திற்கு மேலும் துவாதசியிலும் செவ்வாய், வெள்ளிகிழமைகளிலும் ஸ்னானம் செய்யாமல் எடுக்கக் கூடாது. கதிர் வாங்குவதற்கு முன் துளஸி தளம் எடுக்கக் கூடாது.துளஸியின் கதிரையே பூஜைக்கு எடுக்கவேண்டும்.அது நன்ராக இல்லாவிடில் அல்லது அது கிடைக்காதபோதே துளஸி இலையைப் பறிக்கலாம்.
    வில்வம் போல் மூன்று இலைகளாகப் பறிக்கவேண்டும். பூஜை செய்யும்போது, தளம் தளமாக எடுத்துப் பூஜை செய்யலாம். கொதுக் கொதாகப் பறித்து, மாலை கட்டி சாத்தலாம்.
    The above was taken from a book - I am not giving my own ideas, please.
    Love,
    Chithra.
     
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    My dear Radha V !

    Thankyou very much for the F B.
    Yet another tulsi shloka is:
    yanmoolae sarvatheerththaani yanmadhyae sarvadaevathaa
    yathagrae sarvadaevaascha thulaseem thaam namaamyaham

    யன்மூலே ஸர்வதீர்த்தானி யன்மத்யே ஸர்வதேவதா:
    யதக்ரே ஸர்வதேவாஸ்ச துளசீம் தாம் நமாம்யஹம்

    Love,
    Chithra.
     
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    My dear Sowmya !

    Thankyou very much for the F B.
    Yes, you are right - a tulsi plant in the balcony, does give us a nice feeling.
    Love,
    Chithra.
     
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    Thanks for the info chithra!

    Dear Chithra,
    Thank you for enlightening us on Tulasi. Thank you for the slokas too. I have started to chant ur daily slokas regularly .





    Best Regards,
    Aishu
     
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    My dear Aishu !

    You are as prompt & as sweet as ever with your F b. Thankyou very much.
    Love,
    Chithra.
     
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    Very interesting topic Chitra,

    Dear Chitra,
    I would have never guessed that this Thur was about Tulasi plant. Very informative and interesting. I have noted down the slokams that you have mentioned in English. Things get interesting when we know the reason and you are sure one behind it. Will sure look forward to next Thur.
    Love,
     
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    Dear Chitra,

    You have beautifully explained the significance of Tulsi in our hindu culture and also its significance as a medicinal plant. The aroma itself makes us feel divine. Thank you for the wonderful post.

    regards,
    kodi.
     
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    My dear Radha M !

    I was planning to post a different topic this week, originally. But a discussion on tulsi prompted me to change the topic !
    I am glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for the F B.
    Love,
    Chithra.
     
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    My dear Kodi !

    I forgot to mention that tulsi & v(b)ilwa leaves alone, once used for puja, can be washed, wiped & reused for puja. So much for the importance of tulsi !
    Thanks for your F B.
    Love,
    Chithra.
     

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