Tulasi Devi may look like an ordinary plant, but she is a transcendental personality who can award immense blessings in spiritual life. Being the manifestation of Vrinda Devi in this world, she is the arranger of intimate pastimes between Radha and Krishna. By pleasing Tulasi, who is also called Bhakti Devi, one can attain pure devotion for the Lord. Gaudiya Vaishnava acharyas recommend keeping a Tulasi plant in one’s home and worshipping her daily, for simply by seeing Tulasi, offering obeisances, circumambulating, and watering her, or chanting before her, one gains spiritual strength and relief from all distress. Indeed, one’s home is transformed into the abode of the Lord.
Tulasi is very dear to Lord Krishna and so are her leaves and flowers (manjaris). By offering the Lord Tulasi leaves, a devotee is released from sins accumulated for ten million lifetimes. In fact, the Lord is not satisfied with even the most opulent food offering if Tulasi leaves are not present, but He is perfectly satisfied if there is just one Tulasi leaf on His plate.
Recognizing the inconceivable benefits that may easily be achieved by serving Tulasi, we at New Vrindaban have recently constructed a state-of-the-art greenhouse to offer her the absolute best of care. We would like to invite you to visit Tulasi in her new greenhouse and take part in our upcoming Tulasi Workshops where you can learn from our master Tulasi caregiver how to render first class service to Tulasi. In these workshops, you will learn how to grow Tulasi plants, how to harvest leaves and manjaris, and how to make manjari garlands for Krishna. You can also learn how to worship Tulasi with beautiful prayers and songs and how to offer the arati ceremony for her.
Workshops are available every Saturday from 3:00 - 5:00 pm and will be scheduled on request.