Tulsi (basil) is no doubt a divine herb, but more than that it is also considered in Hindu Dharma and culture as a symbol of beauty, sanskara, purity and piety of the house.
“Tulsi burns one’s sins accumulated in former existences on planting it, growing it, watering it, meditating upon it, touching it, and narrating its account.”
— Garuda Purana
“He who teaches the worship etc., of Tulsi, and himself practices it, goes to the highest place, viz. Vishnu’s abode.”
— Padma Purana
Tulsi is also known as :
‘Kaayasthaa’ means it steadies the body
‘Tivraa’ means it is sharp in effect
‘Devadundubhi’ means it is the abode of divine qualities
‘Daityaghni’ means it destroys the demons of disease
‘Paavani’ means it sanctifies one’s mind speech and acts
‘Pootapatri’ means it makes one pure
‘Saralaa’ means it is easily available to all
‘Surasaa’ means it activates the salivary glands
Due to the blind imitation, there has been a steep rise in the incidents of alcoholism, drunk driving, homicide etc. during the Holiday Season of Christmas to New Year.
Harmful impacts of putting Christmas-Tree inside the house :
Christmas Tree Syndrome is caused by a number of different moulds growing and rapidly increasing on the tree placed inside centrally heated homes, the fact released in a study conducted by allergy specialist Dr Lawrence Kurlandsky, who was keen to discover the reason behind respiratory illnesses being at its peak around Christmas time. He found that 53 different kinds of moulds were present on 23 samples – according to the research published in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.
Live, cut Christmas tree’s pine needles can be ingested and can puncture intestines too! Also, pine is highly toxic to cats, potentially causing liver damage and death. Fire retardants are sprayed on artificial and live Christmas trees and pose a potential danger.
A 2007 study published by the Environmental Protection Agency linked fire retardants to thyroid disease in cats and possibly humans.
Dr. Lanphear says, “Lead exposure is an established risk factor for hypertension, infertility, and in kids, can lead to a diminished IQ”.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say that there is no safe level of lead exposure associated with artificial Christmas trees and it impacts adversely on health, irrespective of the amount of time one remains in contact of that tree.
Whereas Tulsi be a mine of qualities :
Tulsi is an excellent antidepressant and also increases enthusiasm, vivacity and purity. And Tulsi Pujan Divas will definitely prove advantageous for the humanity as a whole, irrespective of any communal issues, and would be celebrated for the whole of the week until the 1st of January. By this way humanity can know the glory of Tulsi and get its physical, mental and spiritual benefits.
Researchers from Rajasthan University in India have discovered that after soaking the Tulsi leaves for eight hours, the level of fluoride in the water was reduced from 7.4 ppm (parts per million), to only 1.1 ppm. The standard level according to WHO is 0.5 to 1 ppm. This alternative method to reduce fluoride in water is probably the least expensive and most suitable in all circumstances in comparison to other techniques that are not affordable or accessible by people in general.
By Asharam Bapu: “Scientists say that consumption of Tulsi cures malaria, and prevents cancer too, but I say that this perspective is very narrow; more than just being of medicinal usage, Tulsi is a gift of God.”
‘Tulsi worship Day’ on 25 December be a wonderful gift to society initiated by Asharam Bapu and is now being celebrated on wide scale all around the world.
Mahaprasad janani, Sarvasaubhagya Vardhini
Aadhi Vyaadhi Jara Muktam Tulsi Tvaam Namostute
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