The Goddess Behind Tulsi, the Love & Grace Herb



According to Siddha tradition, herbs are often manifestations of Gods and Goddesses. Tulsi is also known as Holy Basil. Both names are relatively new. It was previously named after Brinda (sometimes spelled Vrinda), a powerful devotee of Vishnu, the God of Wealth and Abundance. Tulsi is considered to be the earthly manifestation of Brinda.

Brinda’s love for Vishnu gave her and her demon husband incredible powers.

Tulsi, the herb, increases your capacity for love and opens your Heart Chakra. People who use it report more compassion, understanding and patience. Tulsi also reduces stress and cortisol, the stress hormone. That is why Nambu Botanicals’ PHONEME INFUSED™ Tulsi formula is called Love & Grace.

Dr. Baskaran Pillai, Nambu’s Founder, explains the practical purpose of recognizing the Goddess in herbs:


“Brinda was a woman who loved extremely well, but not wisely though. She loved too much, but not wisely.”

“In the practice of Ayurveda and Siddha Medicine, people have discontinued the rituals associated with the consumption of the herbs. Brinda has to be worshipped. Even in many households, Tulsi is worshipped by particularly women, but they don’t know the story. ... if you do know the story, and worship, you will get the benefits of getting into a form of love that is supported by prudence.”

“The other thing that I have done is to completely revive, as far as possible, to give the essence of these Siddha/Ayurvedic herbs for people. The herbs become completely powerful only when their phonemes are used to empower them. I call it PHONEME INFUSED™ Herbs.”

You can read the story of Tulsi below.

The Story of Tulsi

Brinda was married to Jalandhara, a demon who was manifested from the anger of Shiva, the Ultimate Karma Removal Archetype, during a fight.

Brinda was also a devotee of the God of Wealth and Abundance, Vishnu. This gave her tremendous yogic powers. It made her husband very powerful as well, and he defeated all the kings of the Earth. Before long, he even attacked the Gods and Goddesses, defeating them, too.

Because Jalandhara was born from Shiva’s anger, only Shiva could defeat him.

Shiva tried to reason with Jalandhara, only to be met with insults. He realized he needed to assemble an army of Gods and Goddesses to destroy him.

Jalandhara Tries to Trick Shiva’s Wife

One of Jalandhara’s yogic powers was the art of illusion. He changed forms and tricked the army. Then he took on the form of Shiva and appeared to Shiva’s wife, Parvati. He told her he had defeated Jalandhara.

Parvati wasn’t fooled. Being as powerful as Shiva, she picked up a sword and threatened Jalandhara with it. Weakened from his earlier battles, he ran away.

Vishnu Creates a Plan to Defeat Jalandhara

Vishnu appeared before Parvati. He explained that Jalandhara’s powers came from Brinda’s devotion to Vishnu and came up with a plan.

As Jalandhara was battling Shiva, Vishnu appeared to Brinda in the form of Jalandhara. He told her he had defeated Shiva and proved his invincibility. This made her stop praying to Vishnu for her husband’s protection. Her prayers were interrupted, giving Shiva the ability to kill him.

Brinda Rebirths as Tulsi

When Vishnu explained the trick, and announced the news of Jalandhara’s death, she cursed Vishnu, who accepted the curse. After Vishnu explained that she had a duty to keep her husband’s power and arrogance in check, she fell down and died.

As Vishnu grieved his greatest devotee, Shiva told him that Vrinda would be reborn as Tulsi, one of the greatest medicinal plants, and a physical embodiment of the power of love and devotion.