Sacred Basil, Tulasi,
is used in various rituals in thecCatholic Church.
It has very ancient traditions of holiness that extend back from cCatholicism into Judaism and around the ancient world as the 'Herb of Immortality' associated with the Great Physician andreviving people from the dead!
Profoundly importantin the connections between the great BhaktiTraditions of the Mediterranean and the East. InVaishnavism Sacred Basil is called TULASI or TULSI.She is considered a kind of incarnation or aniconicform...... of Krishna-Vishnu's Feminine Shakti, in Hermost Tolerant and Merciful Intercessory Form. Herpetition calls-forth the Greatest Mercy of God, andthus She is the only refuge of Priest /Brahmin orDeicidal Murderers! She (her leaves etc.) can only beo
ered to Krishna or VISHNU TATTVA, the SupremePersonality of Godhead Himself. The fact that thisSacred Labiate is also sacred to Jesus and Mary incCatholicism is of the greatest importance for manyreasons, especially for how it was (as Hysoppus)o
ered to Jesus Christ ON THE CROSS, DIPPED INVINAGER! The theological implications of this areawesome and I cannot really think on them withoutmy hair standing on end! At the foot of the Cross,Our Lady Mother Most TOLErant (TULASI islinguistically related!), the Only Refuge of Priest/Christ killers heard the words of the Lord as Heprayed "Father forgive them, they know not whatthey do". Before He said "It Is Finished", He receivedsome vine-ager on a cluster of Hysoppus, which by