Sacred Basil, Tulasi, is used in various rituals in the cCatholic 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 and reviving people from the dead! Profoundly important in the connections between the great Bhakti Traditions of the Mediterranean and the East. In Vaishnavism Sacred Basil is called TULASI or TULSI. She is considered a kind of incarnation or aniconic form…… of Krishna-Vishnu’s Feminine Shakti, in Her most Tolerant and Merciful Intercessory Form. Her petition calls-forth the Greatest Mercy of God, and thus She is the only refuge of Priest /Brahmin or Deicidal Murderers! She (her leaves etc.) can only be offered to Krishna or VISHNU TATTVA, the Supreme Personality of Godhead Himself. The fact that this Sacred Labiate is also sacred to Jesus and Mary in cCatholicism is of the greatest importance for many reasons, especially for how it was (as Hysoppus) offered to Jesus Christ ON THE CROSS, DIPPED IN VINAGER! The theological implications of this are awesome and I cannot really think on them without my hair standing on end! At the foot of the Cross, Our Lady Mother Most TOLErant (TULASI is linguistically related!), the Only Refuge of Priest/Christ killers heard the words of the Lord as He prayed “Father forgive them, they know not what they do”. Before He said “It Is Finished”, He received some vine-ager on a cluster of Hysoppus, which by cCatholic Tradition was Sacred Basil (Ocimum Sanctum or Ocimum Basilicum) picked from a small bush growing at the foot of the CROSS. In India vinager is called HALA HALA and this is the name of the SINS OF THE ENTIRE COSMIC MANIFESTATION THAT WERE CONSUMED BY THE LORD, SO THAT THE GODLY COULD ESCAPE FINAL DEATH AND RECEIVE THE NECTAR OF IMMORTALITY, THE SOMA/LIFE-RASA ‘BLOOD OF PURUSHA’ FROM THE KALASHA/CHALICE OF THE OIL-ANOINTED GREAT PHYSICIAN’S ALL-SUFFICIENT COSMIC SELF-SACRIFICE! ON THE CROSS THIS LORD RECEIVED THE SINS OF THE WORLD WITH AN OFFERING OF TULASI LEAVES, THE PETITION OF HIS MOTHER MOST TOLERANT TO FORGIVE HIS OWN MURDERERS! THIS IS THE LOVE OF OUR MOTHER, MOST TOLERANT, WHO CAN FORGIVE EVEN THE ENVIOUS AND SINFUL CHILDERN THAT HAVE MURDERED HER MOST INNOCENT AND LOVING SON! THIS IS THE LOVE OF GOD IN JESUS CHRIST THAT HE WOULD ACCEPT THE BITTER SINS OF THE WORLD OFFERED WITH THE TINEST LITTLE INSIGNIFICANT LEAF OF AN INTERCESSORY PRAYER FROM HIS OWN MOTHER MOST TOLERANT. ALL GLORIES TO OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST VISHNU TATTVA AND TO OUR LADY, MARY / NARI MOTHER MOST TOLERANT AND MERCIFUL, THE ONLY REFUGE OF JESUS/GOD/VISHNU AND PRIEST/BRAHMIN SLAYERS !