I just wanted to hear peoples opinions on whether they think its ok to buy Tulsi tea leaves (whole ones) and to offer them to Krsna on his bhoga. (from a tulsi tea brand company selling whole leaves, not shredded)
Why i am asking is because i live near no temple, no devotees, and i want to offer Tulsi leaves to Krsna as he says he doesnt like to except anything if it doesnt have Tulsi on, I have heard. It is too hard for me to grow Tulsi as the climate where i live is cold, especially now since its winter and i feel like i am scratching (not literally) to offer Krsna some Tulsi leaves.
I do feel guilty about buying them as the company probably just takes them off Tulsi without doing the right rituals etc... but i REALLY WANT to get Tulsi devi leaves for Krsna.
I personally think Tulsi would be happy with me getting them and giving them to the lord as atleast they arnt being used for a karmis sense grat or medicinal needs.. but i still have a deep worry in my heart as i wouldnt want to be commiting and aparhada by buying them.
I know that you can say Om namo Tulsi namaha after the offering.. or you can just touch the bhoga with a Tulsi stick and its the same as having put a tulsi leaf on....... BUT i just have this passionate scratchy feeling in my head which is saying ' U need to get tulsi leaves for krsna' and it wont go away till i get some... sooo thats why i am inquiring.. otherwise i will be thinking about it for a long time and will be totally frustrated.
Tulsi Maharani ki jaya!
Ganga Mata ki jaya!
Thanks for your opinions and please forgive me for any offenses.
Hmmm I think I feel a bit uneasy about buying Tulsi leaves off people who dont treat her properly so I think I might leave it.. or possibly buy a tulsi necklace and take a bead off and touch that to the bhoga as I think that would be the same as a stick touching the bhoga as theyre both Tulsi wood.
Thanks for your feed backs.
You can also just call Her names 3 times after special Mantras of offering dear Mataji. Her Names are not different from Her.
Wow thanks so much for telling me Mataji, thats fabulous news!!!
Tulsi ki jaya!!
Hare Krsna Prabhu,
Thank you very much for that information.
What a beautiful Manjari! Tulsi Maharani ki jaya! :)
Please accept my humble obeisances.
In circumstances where Tulasi leaves are not available for offering, an alternative is to use Tulasi manjari
This can be just touched to the freshly prepared to the bhoga to be offered and resued again. Even if it gets dried up this could be used again. I have seen devotees using this as an alternative to offering Tulasi leaves. I dont know the scriptural evidence for this. If some devotee can confirm by quoting I would be glad.