Which and how many patri should be offered to which Deity ?

It is beneficial to offer the patri (Specific leaves offered during worship) of those flower plants which are favourite of the Deity. Patri is related to the colour particles, whereas the flowers are related to the fragrant particles. The difference between the colour particles and fragrant particles is given in the following table :

Colour particles

Fragrant particles

1. Characteristic of the waves emitted

Related to the halo of the Deity

Carrier of light

2. Function

To help immediately manifest the sagun (Manifest) form of the Deity

To invoke the Deity to function

It is necessary to offer five part patri to the Deity. This kind of patri denotes the Panchamahabhutas (The five Cosmic Principles) – Pruthvitattva (Absolute Earth Principle), Apatattva (Absolute Water Principle), Tejtattva (Absolute Fire Principle), Vayutattva (Absolute Air Principle) and Akashtattva (Absolute Ether Principle). By offering five part patri to the Deity, it manifests with the help of the Panchamahabhutas and through the medium of light in a form as required by the individual. The waves emitted by this form are delivered to the individual through the medium ofthe waves emitted by the flowers. That is why, by offering both patri and flowers the individual derives maximum benefit from the ‘sagun’ as well as the ‘nirgun (Non-materialised)’ Principle of God, that is, ofthe radiant Principle. Hence, inclusion of patri and flowers in the ritualistic worship is a must. (Through the medium of Mrs. Anjali Gadgil, 27th April2005, 5.32 p.m.)

The Holy basil

Why are the leaves of the Holy basil and bel always pure ?

Holy Basil
Holy Basil

Bel leaf
Bel leaf

The Holy basil originally has 50% Shrivishnu Principle and the bel plant has 70% Deity Shiva Principle. When they are used in the ritualistic worship the Divine Principle in them increases by 20%. The raja-tama inthe environment affects every object. The enhanced 20% Divine Principle is used in combating the raja-tama in the atmosphere. The grossly apparent effect of this is that the Holy basil or bel leaves appear dried up or singed. Nonetheless they continue emitting the Divine Principle originally present in them. Hence, the Holy basil and bel leaves are always pure. (Through the medium of Ms. Madhura Bhosale,5th January 2005, 9.11 p.m.)

As the Holy basil emits the Deity Principle constantly, it makes the surrounding environment sacred. That is why a house with a tulasi vrundavan is considered sacred.

In ritualistic worship, why do flowers have more significance than leaves ?

Leaves, related to the Tejtattva, are symbolic of worship of nirakar (God without form); whereas flowers which possess a greater proportion of particles of fragrance along with those of colour, are used more for worship of sakar (God with form).

Worship with flowers (Note1)

Worship with leaves

1. Symbolises Sagun worship Nirgun worship
2. Function To generate Tejtattva by uniting Pruthvitattva and Apatattva elements To emit waves related to the Tejtattva
3. At what level of spiritual practice should the individual use it ? In the primary stage the individual can imbibe the Tejtattva generated in this manner With the rise in spiritual level the individual can imbibe the emitted waves

Note 1 : Flowers are more sensitive than leaves to the absorption of the ‘sagun’ Principle of a Deity; because the former possesses particles of fragrance along with those of colour. Hence, flowers are able to attract the ‘sagun’ Principles of the Deities towards themselves faster than the leaves.

Reference : Sanatan’s Holy Text ‘What is the importance of the substances used in ritualistic worship’