Gratitude can expel the ego that do not let you grow as a
Gratitude is the most beautiful and fragrant flower, in the garden of your soul.
Yesterday, we had a festival called Tulsi’s(Basil plant) Vivah(wedding). We Indians celebrate nature. This is also one such festival where we celebrate nature. Tulsi’s wedding comes on the 11th day after Diwali that is, Prabodhini Ekadashi- the eleventh lunar day of the bright fortnight of the Hindu Kartik month.
No Hindu household is considered complete without the Tulsi plant, this is because the presence of a Tulsi plant in a home signifies the presence of Goddess Lakshmi herself. For it is a representation of goddess Lakshmi, the goddess of prosperity. Every year, Hindus celebrate the onset of the wedding season after the Diwali festival by performing the marriage ceremony of the Tulsi plant with an idol of lord Krishna, an avatar of lord Vishnu.
Tulsi is one of the eight indispensable things in Vedic worship.
There are two ways to live your life. One way which is mostly found in western lifestyle is “Use and throw”. The other way which is found in Indian lifestyle is “Being grateful and worshiping”. Now the whole world knows the advantage of Tulsi which were penned down in Ayurveda in 5000 BC.
Few Advantages of Tulsi(Basil plant)
- If you plant Tulasi plants in your garden the air will be pure within a wide radius, and bacteria-free. Tulasi plant is extremely sensitive and aware, and quickly able to register the vibrations around her.
- Living Tulsi leaves contain a natural ether, which drives away mosquitoes . The British loved to plant it in their lawns calling it “Mosquito Plant”.
- Susruta Samhita, Padampurana and Garudpurana, after centuries of observation in humans, describes Tulsi as a ‘child giver’ and great spermatogenic agent. They report Tulsi as a fertility Improver and enhance the chances of woman bearing progeny.
- Tulsi is the pillar of the traditional Ayurvedic holistic health system. Tulsi also alkalizes the body . It increases the body’s efficient use of oxygen, boosts the immune system, slows down aging and provides a rich supply of anti-oxidants and other nutrients.
- Tulsi protects you from solar Radiation . In the event of a nuclear holocaust, Tulsi will be the only savior.
- Tulsi boosts the body’s ability to fight off damaging free radicals, which have been linked to disease and aging.
- Steaming the face with tulsi leaves flushed out the toxins and leaves the face glowing. It is good for acne prone skin. It is an anti-wrinkle agent. Tulsi is also a skin rasayana. With vitamin C, carotene, calcium and phosphorus, Tulsi helps skin stay healthy and supple.
- It is an adaptogen that helps the body fight the effects of ongoing stress and also balances the mind, nerves and emotions.
- The leaf ( Ocimum tenuiflorum ) contains mercury, and is an antibiotic or antibacterial. Tulsi leaves never be chewed but swallowed.
- Hormonal imbalance is regulated in both men and women by the consumption of Tulsi.
West have also come to know the advantages of Tulsi(Basil) plant. The British loved to plant it in their lawns calling it “Mosquito Plant” as it drives away mosquitoes. But the Indians call Tulsi as “Mother Tulsi”. We believe in the philosophy of being grateful to the one that makes our lives healthy and peaceful. To them we worship as a constant reminder of gratitude.
With the philosophy of use and throw, one will get the benefits of Tulsi but for you Tulsi will remain as a THING. There is life in every being. The whole cosmos is conscious. The whole space/universe/Brahman is a conscious morphogenetic field, meaning that it is in a flux of becoming and becoming.
The greatness of Hindu festivals and rituals is that GRATITUDE is woven into everything .
My mother like every Hindu worship tulsi early morning. I had never done this. Recently, when I came to know about the advantages of Tulsi, I tried to be grateful. But I did not worship her, like lighting diya in front of her( ritual of Hindu prayer). I noticed that though I know the benefits of Tulsi and I make a conscious effort to be grateful to her but still I don’t connect with her like my mother. I have to remind myself of being grateful to her. Then I made a point to worship her, light a diya in front of her. I did notice a change in my attitude towards Tulsi. I could now really feel grateful to her.
Sometimes the rituals are the constant reminder to your conscious/sub-conscious mind of being grateful to those beings who enhance your life.
Gratitude is the noblest of all virtues. Gratitude has the strongest link with mental health of any trait.
Grateful people experience very deep levels of happiness and our ancient Maharishis knew this . Gratitude is not only the greatest virtue, but is is the parent of all other human virtues. A THANK YOU from an Indian is a very valuable thing—he does NOT throw it away like the Japanese .
I am grateful to be born in,
India- The land of Dharma
One takes birth in India by doing some great deeds in his/her past lives. But if you are born in India and have nil knowledge of Dharma then you must try to gain it. Once gained you will never look back.
To know more about QUANTUM PLANT TULSI:- http://ajitvadakayil.blogspot.in/2011/08/quantum-plant-tulsi-capt-ajit-vadakayil.html
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Be happy, stay blessed.