Basil (Tulsi) is no doubt a divine herb, but more than that it is also considered in Hindu Dharma and culture as a symbol of purity, beauty, sanskara and piety of the house.
It occurs in the Garuda Purana: “ Basil burns one’s sins accumulated in former existences on planting it, growing it, watering it, meditating upon it, touching it, and narrating its account.”
It occurs in the Padma Purana: “ He who teaches the worship etc., of Basil, and himself practices it, goes to the highest place, viz. Vishnu’s abode.”
Many qualities and many names:-
Basil is given different names according to its properties, in the Vedas, puranas, and books on pharmacology.
‘Kaayasthaa’ because it steadies the body,
‘Tivraa’ because it is sharp in effect,
‘Devadundubhi’ because it is the abode of divine qualities,
‘Daityaghni’ because it destroys the demons of disease,
‘Paavani’ because it sanctifies one’s mind, speech and acts,
‘Pootapatri’ because it makes one pure,
‘Saralaa’ because it is easily available to all,
‘Surasaa’ because it activates the salivary glands, etc.
Basil blossom – A shield against disease:-
Soaking Basil blossom in water and then sprinkling on the body acts like a shield, giving protection from disease. Basil seeds contain greenish yellow volatile oil which enter the body through skin pores and protect against various disease.
Glory of Basil:-
Grind basil leaves and make an unguent from it. Rubbing it on the body, helps in epilepsy. Keep 51 leaves of basil stealthily under the pillow of someone who has lost sleep. He will start getting sleep.
Wear a string/ mala/ chain of basil beads:-
By wearing it on the neck helps in so many illnesses, maintains vigor and strength in one’s life, and strengthens immunity.
Even scientific research has now proved that basil has the wonderful property of producing and activating bioelectric energy in the body.
So, there are physical, mental and many spiritual benefits of basil (Tulsi). Do share your comments of this matchless creation of God and propagate its glory to others.