Is Taking Onion and Garlic while Chanting with Tulasi beads permitted?
Reema asked like this:
“Namaskar prabhuji, I am chanting hare Krishna maha mantra on tulsi mala. I had given up meat, fish, garlic, but, I cannot give up onion, some days I eat, is it ok to chant on tulsi mala I chant in it only after having bath, I am not wearing tulsi mala . Please reply to my doubt, as can I continue chanting.”
Taking Onion and Garlic while Chanting with Tulasi beads up to 4 rounds is forgivable.
But, you should try your best to quit onion as soon as possible.
Or, you can use non-tulasi beads till you successfully quit onion and garlic.
(WEAPONS TO BEAT MAYA – TILAKA, TULASI BEADS AND PRASADAM! READ HERE!)
When you advance in chanting 8 rounds or the rules are stricter than now.
If you commit to chant more rounds, you should be prepared to follow more rules.
That means, if you eat onion while chanting 1-4 rounds, no serious rules are imposed upon you.
However, if you chant atleast 8 rounds, you should honour (eat) only the Krishna Prasadam.
Honouring only Krishna Prasadam means that he should avoid onion and garlic because the foods with onion and garlic can not be offered to Krishna.
(WHAT IF QUITTING ONION AND GARLIC AFFECTS MY HEALTH? HOW TO FOLLOW DEVOTION IN OUTSTATION? READ HERE!)
So, if you chant upto 4 rounds, you need not take it as offensive.
If you chant beyond four rounds, stop onion and garlic without excuse.
Do not think in the reverse and do not restrict with just four rounds so as to continue to take the onion and garlic.
It is not the mindset of a good devotee.
A good devotee will pray to Krishna to help him to avoid onion, garlic, etc and to take only Krishna Prasadam.
He will be depending on Krishna for everything – even to avoid offenses.
You should develop a desire to chant 64 rounds and chant atleast 16 rounds a day.
(WHY SHOULD WE AVOID ONION AND GARLIC SINCE IT MAKES ME GUILTY? READ HERE!)
And, you should happily follow the rules.
Why do you hesitate to quit onion?
Is onion greater than Krishna?
Is satisfying your tongue greater than satisfying Krishna?
If you quit some Rajo and Thamo guna materials that are the barriers on the path of Krishna Consciousness, you can advance to the level of Krishna prema and get Krishna Himself.
Now, just think which is greater for you – Krishna or Onion.
I understand that there may be some pressing and unavoidable situations in many families, particularly, in the families in which the devotees are the first generation devotees (having non devotee parents).
(What to do if the doctor prescribes onion and garlic and advices us to take it compulsorily? READ HERE!)
The devotees having non devotee parents may face serious barriers or oppositions, etc for their following of devotion.
So, these devotees should never be blamed. Same rule may not be easy for all the people.to follow.
So, some flexibilities are unavoidable.
Right now, if you chant more than 4 rounds using Tulasi mala, be firm to stop taking onion and bear the difficulties as the penance for Krishna.
Your pains will not go waste and Krishna will kindly recognize your reformation efforts.
Following Krishna Consciousness is not a cool experience. It may be initially painful.
But, when you successfully sacrifice the prohibited materials for Krishna, you will be rewarded with Krishna Himself at the end.
Hope you are now clear about using tulasi beads without avoiding onion and garlic.
(My family members do not support me avoiding onion and garlic. How to manage? READ HERE!)