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Tulasi Glorification – Srimad Bhagavatam

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Srimad Bhagavatam  4.8.55
Purport by Srila Prabhupada
It is specifically mentioned herein that tulasi leaves are very dear to the Supreme Personality of

Godhead and devotees should take particular care to have tulasi leaves in every temple and
center of worship. In the Western countries, while engaged in propagating the Krishna
consciousness movement, we were brought great unhappiness because we could not find tulasi
leaves. We are very much obliged, therefore, to our disciple Srimati Govinda Dasi because she
has taken much care to grow tulasi plants from seeds, and she has been successful by the grace of

Krishna. Now tulasi plants are growing in almost every center of our movement.

Srimad Bhagavatam 3.16.21
Purport by Srila Prabhupada
The goddess of fortune, Lakshmi, is sometimes envious of the tulasi leaves which are placed at

the lotus feet of the Lord, for they remain fixed there and do not move, whereas Lakshmi ji,
although stationed by the chest of the Lord, sometimes has to please other devotees who pray for
her favor. Lakshmi ji sometimes has to go to satisfy her numerous devotees, but tulasi leaves
never forsake their position, and the Lord therefore appreciates the service of tulasi more than the

service of Lakshmi.