This sloka is found in Mahabharata and expounds the importance of Tulasi in the worship of Sri Krishna.
As per this sloka, it is more beneficial to use Tulasi for the worship than using even thousands of lotus flowers at the same time.
Tulasi flowers should be used for the pooja worship of Sri Krishna. When Tulasi flowers are not available, then Tulasi leaves should be used. When even such leaves are not available, the small stalks of Tulasi plants should be used. And when Tulasi stalks are not available, the small leaf and stalk tips of Tulasi should be used for Sri Krishna. When nothing of above is available, atleast the soil of Tulasi plants should be used for Sri Krishna worship. Such is the greatness of Tulasi plants.
“My Bhaktas (devotees) should do archana and pooja for me with Tulasi”, says Lord Sri Krishna in Mahabharata.
In another instance, He expounds the greatness of Tulasi as ‘Tulasi sapta muchyate’ – that is, even telling ‘Tulasi’ is sufficient above everything else. When using any other flowers for His pooja and archana, He asks that the offering be made by using the words ‘Tulasi Patram Samarpayaami”
His Holiness Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji says that doing pooja and worshipping Tulasi plant Herself is capable of increasing our Bhakti towards Lord Sri Krishna and even bring Him, The Lord to us!
MadhuraGitam on Lord Krishna and His favourite things by Sri Sri Swamiji!
tulasi pUjayAl kaNNan magizhginDrAn
gosevayAl kaNNan magizhginDrAn
sAdhu sevayAl kaNNan magizhginDrAn
veda gItathil kaNNan magizhginDrAn
bhAgavathathAl kaNNan magizhginDrAn
bhAgIrathiyinAl kaNNan magizhginDrAn
gopi chandanathinAl kaNNan magizhginDrAn
eLimaiyAna vAzhkayAl kaNNan magizhginDrAn
kIrtthanathinAl kaNNan magizhginDrAn
thIrtha sevayAl kaNNan magizhginDrAn
annadhAnatthil kaNNan magizhginDrAn
vaNNa malargaLAl kaNNan magizhginDrAn
anbu ondrinAl kaNNan magizhginDrAn
ArjavatthinAl kaNNan magizhginDrAn
uzhaippu ondrinAl kaNNan magizhginDrAn
mazhalai keTTu kaNNan magizhginDrAn
svArthaminmayAl kaNNan magizhginDrAn
ashvatta pUjayAl kaNNan magizhginDrAn
karpu ondrinAl kaNNan magizhginDrAn
kanintha sorkaLAl kaNNan magizhginDrAn
We should understand the holy relevance of Tulasi plants and always worship Sri Krishna with Tulasi.
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