So he became a great devotee of Rama, Tulasi das. His book, Rama- caritamanasa. ‘Thinking always of Rama’, that is his book. It is very famous book, and that is the only important literature in the Hindi language, Rama-caritamanasa.
(Room conversation with Brahmananda, April 12, 1969)
And Tulasi dasa, he has also said… Tulasi dasa is big poet in Hindi language. He has written the Rama-carita-manasa. His opinion… Not only his opinion, that is the Vedic opinion, that… He says,
dhol gamar stri sudra, pasu sudra nari, ei ei sab sasana ke adhikari (?). So this statement will not be very palatable to the Western girls.
(Lecture SB 5.6.4 Nov 26, 1976 Vrindavana, India)
Devotee: Tulasi dasa said that he wanted to see Rama.
Prabhupada: Yes. That is devotee’s inclination. That we must have.
(Room Conversation SB 6.1.14 Nov 10, 1970 Bombay, India)
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The Tulasi dasa’s Ramayana means Rama-carita. It is not Ramayana. Ramacarita-manasa. He was devotee of Lord Ramacandra. So as he was thinking of Lord Ramacandra, he has written. So he was a learned scholar, brahmana, he must have read Bhagavad-gita, Bhagavatam. So all his translation is there on the basis of the sastra, especially Bhagavatam and Bhagavad-gita. You’ll find many parallel passages. But Gita is the summary of all Vedic literature, and it is spoken by the Personality of Godhead.”
(Evening Darshana July 8, 1976 Washington DC)
Besides the above quotes from the conversations, Srila Prabhupada has quoted thirteen times the writings of tulsidasa as positive authority in his books and the lectures.