What is the spiritual significance of Tulasi Puja done on Utthana Dwadashi day ?
Tulasi puja is celebrated by performing marriage of Saligrama
representing Vishnu and Tulasi representing the Prakriti – Nature.
Tulasi Puja symbolizes the union of Universal consciousness and Nature
Saligrama stone is available in river Gandaki of Nepal is considered as
sacred stone. Saligrama stones most ancient stone formations of the
universe and is used as representation of Vishnu. Vishwam ( Vishnu
Sahasranama) is the form of the Lord Vishnu and Saligrama represents
symbolically the same.
Out of Vishnu Maya, the universe is projected. Tulasi represents the
prakriti – maya aspect. Tulasi being a medicinal plant also represents
the healing aspect of nature.
What is the spiritual significance of Uthana Dwadashi ?
Utthana represents waking up. It is the day Lord Vishnu who was sleeping
in yoga nidra woke up on that day. Lord Vishnu uses the Maya for the
creation of the Universe. He is not affected by the maya. But individual
soul – jivatma is trapped in maya. This maya which traps individual
soul is called avidya maya. Individual soul is nothing but the reflected
consciousness of the Lord Vishnu – Vasudeva as sakshi inside us. Shri
Vishnu is the Bimba – original and the sakshi in the individual soul is
the pratibimba. Uthana dwadashi at the individual level is waking up
from ignorance of maya. The individual soul finding the Vasudeva in him.
Realizing the Sakshi.
What is the spiritual meaning of Dwadashi ?
Dwadashi means twelve. Sanskrit is a beautiful language . It
communicates dual meanings in single word. Dwa – dashi also means two
ways. We have two paths – outward and inward. We have two purposes –
outer and inner. Dwadashi is the day we chose one of these. We see the
world outside and seek happiness. This becomes our outer purpose. The
inner purpose of life is to seek the Lord within. Lord Vasudeva – Sakshi
inside us. Excessive focus on getting happiness from the outer world
makes us demonic (asuric) in nature and focusing on the inner Self makes
us divine (devas). These qualities are described in chapter 16 of
What is the spiritual meaning of killing shanka chuda sura by Shri Vishnu ?
Again Sanskrit wordings communicate dual meaning. Shanka stands for
conch and also shanka stands for – doubt. At the individual level shanka
sura is the demonic nature in jiva creating doubts. Shankasura or
doubts get killed when we read Shastras – scriptures which tell our
essential nature as divine. Shastras are nothing but words of Lord
Vishnu – Vishnu himself. Killing of Shankasura represents the
destruction of ignorance by reading scriptures and removal of ignorance
by Sadguru who is one with the Lord Vishnu.
At the cosmic level – shanka represents the conch. Conch is symbolic of
the Omkar – primodial sound. Killing the primodial sound is bringing
into manifestation of the universe. Conch is used as sacred object in
What is the significance of Tulasi ?
Tulasi is the medicinal plant which cures many diseases. All the plants
take carbon dioxide and produce oxygen. Tulasi plant does it more
efficiently. Hence having Tulasi in house is considered as auspicious.
Tulasi puja also represents our respect for nature which is nothing but
manifestation of maya of Lord Vishnu.
Tulasi represents the healing aspect of nature. While nature binds jiva
with avidya maya, nature also provides individual soul chance for
liberation in the form of Vidya maya. Mind which is purified and is full