“The story of Rama cannot be fathomed by human intelligence. Rama’s story is happening all the time in one galaxy or another. Rama sacrificed more than any Avatar, absorbing human suffering in totality. The 9th Waxing Moon (Rama Navami) is his birthday. Birthdays of Gods provide a link to them. Therefore, it is very important to meditate, worship or visit their temples on this day. Spend the 9th day thinking of Rama and praying to him.” - Dr. Pillai
It’s almost Rama’s birthday, and he does have a favorite gift. This is a gift he deeply cherishes because it holds a secret living power that unlocks his heart. You can benefit from giving this gift to Rama, too, because it nurtures your heart chakra and improves blood and oxygen flow. This gift is Tulsi, also known as Holy Basil. It’s the main ingredient in Nambu’s Love and Grace Formula.
According to Swami Yogananda, Mahatma Gandhi’s last word, during his assassination, was “Ram”, the shortened version of Rama. Rama is the Lord of Truth.
Gandhi was praying to Rama in the last moment of his life, a life he spent battling an empire with the power of Truth. Rama’s Truth “cannot be fathomed by human intelligence.” It goes beyond the intellect’s conceptualization of it. Gandhi embodied the Truth that broke through the empire’s propaganda and the Ultimate Truth that is often characterized by Supreme Love.
Rama elevated Hanuman, the monkey archetype of devotion, to God status and a warrior to a king. Invoking Rama’s name gives you the power to rise above any situation you find yourself in. Rama can elevate your material status as well, and He makes sure your thoughts and actions remain pure.
The 9th moon is Rama’s birthday. That’s April 5th in India and April 4th in the USA.
One of the best ways to unlock Rama’s heart is to give Him the gift of Tulsi (Holy Basil).
The relationship between Rama and Tulsi is so strong that there is a type of Tulsi, Holy Basil named after Him: Rama Tulsi. Tulsi is literally a Goddess in immortal form.
In India, it is commonly said that if you plant 9 or 11 Tulsi trees in your garden, the air will be free from bacteria, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide and sulfur dioxide within a wide radius. The Uttar Pradesh forest department planted Tulsi around the Taj Mahal to purify the air and add large amounts of oxygen to the environment.
Tulsi also opens the heart chakra to enhance your ability to give and receive love.
Aside from the benefits of connecting with Rama, Tulsi provides physical and spiritual benefits, including: