Sai’s Love for Tulsi (Thulasi) – Holy Basil

Sairam friends,

Everyone from any religion can have Tulsi plant in their garden as its very holy but because of my intimacy with saint Sai and Hindu Gods, i have associated spirituality with Tulsi plant.

Ya my Gardening site too has fragrance of Saint Shirdi Sai baba in it because its Sai who inspired me to create a gardening site and fill the hearts of people with Nature’s Love and their home and Garden with beautiful plants divine trees.

Sai watering holy Basil - Tulsi - Samadhi temple of Sai was once a garden of thulasi and the gardener was Sai

Shirdi Saibaba gardening tulasi - holy basil - This is the land where the present day Samadhi Mandhir exits where millions of devotees have darshan of Sai.

Saints Love for Nature: 

Sai is a saint who never went to forest for meditating away from worldly affairs. Sai lived with people and still remained saintly. Isn’t it hard to be with us …he he….Sai did it because Sai wants us to lead life as the society and our family expects us but still remain pure and honest at heart.

Sai’s way is Karma Marga – Path of work

Sai was never idle. He used to do something worthy always. One of the first thing Sai did during is early days in shirdi is something which portrays Saints association with nature and their love for nature.

Shirdi Sai Baba’s Love for Tulsi – Holy Basil:

There was a land in Shirdi which was simply used for nothing. Sai sowed Tulsi seeds in this land and watered them regularly.

There was a devotee who offered a fresh pot for Saibaba to water these Tulsi plants everyday. Sai used to carry water painstakingly but with lots of love on these plants and took care of them with his heart and soul. Within few days, there was a beautiful garden of tulsi plants in shirdi and the villagers were amazed at the work of this Poor fakir.

Tulasi Holy Basil flowers - photo used courtesy of wikipedia

Flowers of Tulasi - Holy Basil - Tulsi is offered to Goddess Mahalakshmi, Lord Hanuman, all avatar of Maha Vishnu

You know where Sai planted all these Tulsi ?

It is the same land where millions of devotees go to take darshan of Sai in present day Samadhi Mandhir. This land behind Dwarakamai where Sai used to live was later used by Buti, A millionaire from Nagpur to build a wada called Buti wada. He actually got Sai’s approval to built temple of Murlidar – Lord Krishna – Vittal and Rukmani. Eventually it when Sai had his Samadhi, his sacred body was placed in the place where they decided to keep Murlidhar.

When I think deeply, I feel Sai knows years back that this is going to be his Samadhi temple and millions of his devotees are going to come there to see him. Sai would have planted those Tulsi plants to make Shirdi Sand more sacred and divine. Such is the greatness of Tulsi friends.

So what am I trying to say?

A house which has Tulsi becomes as sacred as Samadhi Temple of Shirdi Sai baba:

There are millions of Sai devotees in India and abroad. Each one of us have many Photos of Shirdi Sai baba and also some like me have many statues too but very few of us take time to have a Tulsi in a pot and take care of it.

If Samadhi Mandhir of Sai has once been garden of Tulsi, then in a way, any garden which has Tulsi becomes a place where Sai dwells and any house which has Tulsi plant becomes a house where Sai lives.

There are many other Mythological stories in Hinduism related to Tulsi plant which people who read this can take time to share.

When there are so many plants, why Sai preferred Tulsi? Sai alone knows.

Holy Basil – Tulsi, Thulasi, Tulasi, Call it my any name, its sacred:

When ever I say my Sai friends from North India, Thulasi, they will immediately say “Its Tulsi” and if I say my south Indian Sai friends ‘Tulsi” , they will say “Adhu Thulasi”..he he….

Ocimum tenuiflorum, also known as Holy Basil, tulsi, or tulasī, is an aromatic plant in the family Lamiaceae which is native throughout the Eastern World tropics and widespread as a cultivated plant.

It is an erect, much branched subshrub, 30–60 cm tall with hairy stems and simple, opposite, green leaves that are strongly scented. Leaves have petioles, and are ovate, up to 5 cm long, usually slightly toothed. The flowers are purplish in elongate racemes in close whorls.

The two main morphotypes cultivated in India and Nepal are

Green-leaved – Sri Tulasi or Lakshmi tulasi
and
Purple-leaved (Krishna tulasi)

My intention is to make sure every one who reads this takes effort to have a Tulsi plant in their home and take care of it properly. Its not necessary for Sai devotees alone to have tulsi. Since I worship Sai my article touches him but no matter where you are from, following any religion you wish, I will be happy if you have a Tulsi plant in your home Garden.

In love with Nature,

Venkat