Lost to ordinary people that have no access to the original Sanskrit, many of these glories of Srimati Tulasidevi have hardly been seen or heard of in literally hundreds of years they are: Turlasi Upanisad, Tulasi Kavaca, Tulasi-Dhatri-Mahatmya, Vaisnava-Tulasy-Asvattha-Mahatmya and Sri Tulasi Stotra.
Seeing These Glories will surely empower people to serve her practically. To help that glorious attempt we have provided a comprehensive lamp chart so that people know which lamp is most effective for her service in winter months. Plus we have given an altar for 1 Tulasi with two styles of lamps to choose from to suit different economic situations. She is better than many Lakshmi’s so she will reimburse the efforts of those who show their sincerity of purpose by setting up one’s infrastructure properly.
May she guide the readers and give them enough suitable intelligence to chant these glories and serve her.
Originally this book was intended to be published in three volumes:
1. Collection of Vedic evidences about Srimati Tulast Devi from
various sources ranging from sruti, to Puranas, and writings of past
acaryas. For that reason it was called Tulasi-mahimamrta, the nectar of
glories of Srimati Tulast Devi. Later on some texts were included which
also contain glories of the Amalaki (Dhatri) tree, so currently this part is
called Tulasi-dhdatri-mahimamrta, the nectar of glories of Srimati Tulasi
Devi (and Amalaki).
2. A practical guide for caring and serving Srimatt Tulasi Devi in
Her plant form. It is to be a compilation from works by various authors.
Therefore the name chosen for it is Tudasi-sevamrta, the nectar of serving
Srimatt Tulast Devi.
3. A detailed reference for the country-wise sources of the materials
and resources mentioned in Volume 2.
The idea is that Volume I describes the glories of Her service, and
therefore people should be happy to "get dirty". Srt Sananda Kumara dasa
told the editor over the phone once when he was visiting in United Kingdom
in 2008-2009, "Srimati Tulasi Devi’s service must be 50% perspiration and
50% take shelter of Her, without that commitment one will never know who
She really is." The Tulasi-mahimamrta is the help for part two of Sananda
Kumara’s point, now we’re trying to help everyone to sweat efficiently by
part two, Tulasi-sevamrta, to how important Her service is.
The current edition is the initial attempt to present whatever has been
collected so far. It mostly contains materials meant for Volume 1 with a
few articles to be included in Volume 2. For now they are presented in
one volume as Part 1 and Part 2 correspondingly. In the future more info
will be added to both and published in separate volumes. The public is
welcome to write to the editor (contacts provided above) if they want
to find in this book the elaboration of some particular points on serving
Srimati Tulasi Devi.
The readers may often take these puranic* references as listed below as exaggeration,
or some fantasy, but these simply state the possibilities and benefits one can reap if one
performs them with devotion. The Lord and His energy is bhava-grahi—They accept the
mentality of any service performed.
Bhagavad-gita (2.40) enjoins us all,
pratyavayo na vidyate
sv-alpam apy asya dharmasya
trayate mahato bhayat
"In this endeavor there is no loss or diminution, and a little advancement on this path
can protect one from the most dangerous type of fear." For those who need to see more-
the dictionary definition of diminution=reduction in the size, extent, or importance of
The editor’s guru writes in His commentary: "Activity in Krsna consciousness, or
acting for the benefit of Krsna without expectation of sense gratification, is the highest
transcendental quality of work. Even a small beginning of such activity finds no impediment, nor can that small beginning be lost at any stage. Any work begun on the material
plane has to be completed, otherwise the whole attempt becomes a failure. But any work
begun in Krsna consciousness has a permanent effect, even though not finished. The per-
former of such work is therefore not at a loss even if his work in Krsna consciousness is
incomplete. One percent done in Krsna consciousness bears permanent results, so that the
next beginning is from the point of two percent, whereas in material activity without a
hundred percent success there is no profit. Ajamila performed his duty in some percent-
age of Krsna consciousness, but the result he enjoyed at the end was a hundred percent,
by the grace of the Lord."
Thus even any service to the Lord or His energies can invoke the awarding of these
benefits even if slightly done by the performer. The Lord and His energies are so kind to
one and all.
That being the case—who’d be foolish enough to abandon the attempt thinking these
evidences below to be exaggerations? No! We should all try our best to devotionally apply
these instructions concretely in our miserable lives, if even in a slight way we stand the
chance of gaining a drop of these benefits described herein.
**Contents and Sample Pages**
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