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Title: Offering Krishna tulsi leaves with bhoga

User: Anonymous††† Date: 2007-04-25 08:34:19


Hare Krishna Maharaj


Please accept my Humble Obeisances! All glories to Sri Sri Guru and Gauranga!


I recentlyheard that only Rama Tulsi leaves can be placed on bhogafor offering toKrishna.


Can we not use Krishna Tulsi leaves for offering to Krishna?


many thanks

Your servant



Title: Re: Krishna, Raam and Lakshmi Tulasi

User: Swami Gaurangapada Date: 2007-05-01 19:05:16


Nityananda! Gauranga! Hare Krishna! Jaya Guru Parampara! :pranams: Pranams! There are two types of Tulasi plants. One, grown in direct sunlight, develops purple leaves and stems, and dark purple to pink flowers which is called a Krishna Tulasi. The other, whose leaves and stems never turn purple and whose flowers are pure white, is called a Raama Tulasi.


Tulasi's Latin name is Ocimum sanctum L. Ocimum means she is related to the basil herb, and sanctum means "holy." Thus she is also known as the "Holy Basil." There is also a Lakshmi Tulasi or Tulasa. She is a tree basil and her Latin name is Ocimum gratissmum var. suave (Wild) Hook f. In worship, she is used as a substitute when Tulasi is not available.


Whoever cultivates and cares for a Krishna or Raama Tulasi plant purifies oneself, gives pleasure to Lord Gauranga Krishna, and obtains Tulasi Devi's mercy, namely, devotional service to and pure love of Gauranga Krishna. Both Krishna and Raama Tulasi leaves can be offered to the Lord as there is no such discrimination found in the scriptures. The soft Tulasi manjaris are the most pleasing to the Lord along with Tulasi leaves.


Title: Re: Offering Krishna tulsi leaves with bhoga

User: Anonymous††† Date: 2007-05-02 08:37:33


My most respectful obesiances Maharaj!


Many many thanks Maharaj for your kindness.


Jaya Sri Sri Nityananda! jaya Jaya Sri Gaurnaga Krishna!Jaya Jaya Sri Gaura Bhakta Vrinda!

Your servant