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: Tulasi 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 then 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.
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 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.
“In this endeavour 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 dimunition=reduction in the size, extent, or importance of something.
The editor’s guru writes in His commentary: “Activity in Krsna consciousness, or acting for acting for 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 performer 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 percentage of Krsna consciousness, but the result he enjoyed at the end was a hundred percent, by 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.
Originally this book was intended to be published in three volumes:
1. Collection of Vedic evidences about Srimati Tulasi Devi from various sources from sruti, to Puranas, and writings of past acaryas. For that reason it was called Tualsi mahimamrta, the nectar of glories of Srimati Tulasi Devi. Later on some texts were included which also contain glories of the Amalaki (Dhatri) tree, so currently this part is called Tulasi-dhatri-mahimamrta, the nectar of glories of Srimati Tulasi Devi (and Amalaki).
2. A practical guide for caring and serving Srimati Tulasi Devi in Her plant form. It is to be a compilation from works by various authors. Therefore the name chosen for it is Tulasi-sevamrta, the nectar of serving Srimati Tulasi 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” Sri Sananda Kumara dasa told the editor over the phone once when 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. Foe now they are presented in one volume as Part 1 and Part 2 correspondingly. In the future more info will be added to both published in separate e-books. 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.
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