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Tulasi : selling and buying.
Date: Wed Mar 28 2001 - 18:22:14 PST

Sri Mattapally Nadham Pranathosmi Nithyam Namaha

This involves an old lady whose livelihood revolved around selling
tulasi garlands to bhaktAs visiting Sri Mattapally. Her experiences
befits most of us and hence am elaborating on this.

During one of HIS avirbhAvams upon Sri Mukkur Lakshminarasimhachariar,
this lady pleaded Sri Mattapally Nadhan  to help her out of the 
worldly miseries. She said, "Since my childhood all I have done is 
only selling tulasi to your bhaktAs. I have not committed any sins 
knowingly and is this what I should get from you in return?". Perumal 
immediately said, "How do you know what is sin and what is not ? No 
man has the intellect to identify all his sins. In your case,whatever 
you have committed daily since childhood is nothing but sin".

And HE continued, "SthrIs should NEVER pluck tulasi leaves and make a 
garland out of it. Moreover, Nobody SHOULD sell Tulasi. The persons 
selling Tulasi and the ones buying it and offering it to BhagavAn 
would only incur HIS wrath". 

>From the very next day this 60+ year old lady walked a few
kilometeres to pluck flowers and started selling it. Les simples les 

Rajagopalan Srinivasan

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