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The spiritual significance of Tulsi Vivah


1. Introduction

This is a ritual of the marriage of Shrīvishnu (idol of Balkrushna) with the Holy basil (tulsī) plant. This ritual is performed on any of the days between the eleventh day of the bright fortnight of the Hindu lunar month Kārtik to the full moon day (Pournimā) of Kartik. A day prior to the marriage, the tulsī-vrundāvan (a special structure in which the Holy basil plant is grown) is painted and decorated. Sugarcane and marigold flowers are offered on the vrundavan; tamarind and Indian gooseberry (amla) are kept at its base.

The marriage ritual (vivāh) is performed in the evening. The vowed religious observances (vrat) which are observed during the consecutive Hindu lunar months of Āshādha, Shrāvan, Bhādrapad, Āshwin and Kartik (Chaturmas), are fulfilled on twelfth day of bright fortnight of Kartik when the tulsi marriage is done. Then the food items which were restricted during the previous months, are first donated to a Brāhmin and then eaten.

2. The spiritual significance of the marriage of tulsi with Shrīkrushna *

Holy basil (tulsi) is the symbol of spiritual purity (sāttviktā). The marriage of tulsi with Shrikrushna means that 'God likes purity as a quality.' The symbol of this is Shrikrushna wearing the necklace of Vaijayanti beads.

The meaning of the word marriage is the merging and oneness of the embodied soul (jīva) and God (Shiva).

Importance: From this day the auspicious days begin. It is said that, this marriage is the symbol of the perfect marriage in Indian culture.

Method of celebration: All around the courtyard of the house, cow dung water is sprinkled. If the tulsi plant is in a pot then the pot should be painted white. White colour attracts the Divine frequencies coming from God. Draw a sāttvik rangolī around the tulsi plant and then do its ritualistic worship (pūja) with spiritual emotion (bhāvpurna). While worshipping, one should sit facing westward. 

Prayer to be made: 'Hey Shrikrushna, Hey tulsi Dēvī, the energy that I imbibe from you today, let it be used for the protection of Dharma and nation. Let my warrior attitude (kshatravrutti) be activated all the time. Let me not be depressed during bad times and let my faith and devotion unto God be consistent.'

Chanting: On this day Shrikrushna's principle is activated on Earth to a greater extent. The principle is also more active around the tulsi plant. On this day one should chant Shrikrushna's name. After the puja (ritualistic worship), the surrounding becomes very sattvik (spiritually pure). One should also do Shrikrushna's chant at that time.

Uses of tulsi: Tulsi being more spiritually pure (sattvik) God's energy is attracted to it to a greater extent. Putting tulsi leaves in drinking water makes it spiritually pure (sattvik) and Energy (Shakti) is released into it. Through this water God's Energy becomes active in every part of the jiva (embodied soul).

3. Divine knowledge received related to 'tulsi's marriage'*

On the eve of tulsi marriage the subtle frequencies of Shrivishnu and Goddess Lakshmī arrive in the Universe from the universal vacuum. Due to this, the central channel (sushumnānādi) of the entire Universe gets activated. This meeting is termed as the 'marriage of tulsi' or 'tulsi Vivah.'

On this day Goddess Lakshmi in the form of tulsi and Shrivishnu in the form of Shrikrushna are worshipped. To welcome them and to imbibe the maximum benefit from their frequencies, a marriage ritual is performed in the evening. Since Shrikrushna is the actual energy of action of Shrivishnu, the frequencies of Shrikrushna get activated on these days. These frequencies are related to the absolute water (aap) and absolute fire (tēj) principles so on these days one sees the spread of the light of hope in the evenings, feels enthusiastic and experiences a coolness on the skin.

On the day of tulsi Vivah, the auspicious time (muhūrt) of the marriage is given. During this given time only, the force of activation of Shrivishnu and Goddess Lakshmi principle increase and they merge with each other. So to get the maximum benefit from the spiritually pure (Sattva) component in the atmosphere it is recommended to perform the marriage during this given time. The Shrivishnu-Goddess Lakshmi frequencies coming from the Universal vacuum sprinkle the colours of the rainbow in the atmosphere and for a second, appear in the form of a striped crescent. That is the reason a rangoli in the form of a half moon is drawn on that day.

* Based on Divine knowledge received by some seekers doing sādhanā per Gurukrupāyoga.

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