dohavali

The Marginal Position

“[O mystic] First know yourself, then realize the Supreme Absolute Truth, and then see the material nature standing in between. O wretch, without seeing these how can you understand what the unmanifested [invisible] feature of the Absolute Truth [alakh] actually… Read More ›

Talking to Trees

“By remembering Shri Rama’s holy name, even those who are born into a low caste become worthy of fame, just as the wild trees that line the road to the heavenly realm are famous throughout the three worlds.” (Dohavali, 16)… Read More ›

From Low to High

“By remembering Shri Rama’s holy name, even those who are born into a low caste become worthy of fame, just as the wild trees that line the streets in the heavenly realm are famous throughout the three worlds.” (Dohavali, 16)… Read More ›

From Rags to Riches

“The holy name is such a benefactor of the down-trodden that it grants kingdoms to those who chant it. But the mind, O Tulsi, is so obstinate that it does not abandon its habit of searching for grains amidst rubbish.”… Read More ›

Gone Today or Tomorrow

“Those who have chanted Shri Rama’s holy name, keeping it on the tongue, have become auspicious and most happy. But those who are lazy about chanting will meet with destruction sooner or later, says Tulsi.” (Dohavali, 12) rāma nāma japi… Read More ›

From Drug to Devotee

“In the Kali Yuga, Shri Rama’s holy name is like a kalpataru that gives full refuge and auspiciousness. By remembering that name, Tulsidas has transformed from bhang into tulasi.” (Dohavali, 11) nāmu rāma ko kalapataru kali kalyāna nivāsu| jo sumirata… Read More ›

From Nothing to Something

“Shri Rama’s holy name is like a numeral, and all religious practices are like zero. When the numeral is not there, zero means nothing. But when it is present, the resultant value increases tenfold.” (Dohavali, 10) nāma rāma ko aṃka… Read More ›

The Crown Jewel

“With one serving as a canopy and the other as a crown jewel, O Tulsi, the two letters that make up Shri Rama’s name stand supreme amongst all letters of the alphabet.” (Dohavali, 9) eku chatru eku mukuṭamani saba baranani… Read More ›

Lifesaver

“Meditation on saguna is not very tasteful, and nirguna remains far away from the mind. Therefore, take the life-giving remedy of Shri Rama’s holy name, says Tulsi.” (Dohavali, 8 ) saguna dhyāna ruci sarasa nahiṃ nirguna mana te dūri |… Read More ›