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Title: Tulasi neck beads

User: Unregistered†† Date: 2006-06-17 19:45:32

 

Dear Swami

 

Nityananda!Gauranga!Hare Krishna!

 

Dandavat pranams.

 

Maharaja, when is it the right time in ones spiritual life to wear tulasi?

How many strands is a non initiated devotee allowed to wear?

Does tulasi absorb bad karma?

Why is it that when you wear tulasi it has to be pure tulasi, no pearls are allowed?

Is wearing the beads the shivaites wear(rudraksha beads?) equivalent to wearing tulasi?

 

Title: Re: Tulasi neck beads

User: Swami Gaurangapada Date: 2006-06-18 02:12:47

 

Maharaja, when is it the right time in ones spiritual life to wear tulasi?

 

Now is the right time. One should never delay to wear Tulasi beads as Tulasi protects from Yamadutas at the time of death and death can come at any time.

 

How many strands is a non initiated devotee allowed to wear?

 

Please read this thread: "http://www.gaurangapada.com/board/showthread.php?t=793".

 

Does tulasi absorb bad karma?

 

Not only it absorbs, but by wearing, seeing, touching or even remembering Tulasi devi all bad karmas are completely destroyed from the root. I will post all the glories of Tulasi devi in a subforum soon.

 

Why is it that when you wear tulasi it has to be pure tulasi, no pearls are allowed?

 

One can have separate necklaces for Tulasi and pearls. The amount of contact of Tulasi beads with our body should be maximum. So one can put pearls in a Tulasi necklace and there are no hard and fast rules about it but one should ensure that our body touches the Tulasi beads as much as possible.

 

Is wearing the beads the shivaites wear(rudraksha beads?) equivalent to wearing tulasi?

 

No, according to Hari Bhakta Vilasa, Tulasi is much superior to Rudraksha. Tulasi can gives pure love for the Lord and Goloka along with everything else whereas Rudraksha can give only material enjoyment, material powers and liberation is some rare cases.