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SACHCHIDANANDA

God is Sachchidananda. He manifests Himself as infinite existence of which the essentiality is consciousness, of which again the essentiality is bliss, is self-delight.
SRI AUROBINDO

That which has thrown itself out into forms is a triune
Existence-Consciousness-Bliss, Sachchidananda, whose consciousness is in its nature a creative or rather a self-expressive Force capable of infinite variation in phenomenon and form of its self-conscious being and endlessly enjoying the delight of that variation. It follows that all things that exist are what they are as terms of that existence, terms of that conscious force, terms of that delight of being.
SRI AUROBINDO

Sachchidananda
Strong and pure, it stands erect with its creative power

Hedychium
Ginger lily. Garland lily
Small to medium-sized highly fragrant waxy flower with a long narrow corolla tube and three petal-like lobes, the upper larger and deeply split; in white and shades of orange, red, yellow and pink; borne in dense terminal spikes from a tight cluster of sturdy green bracts. A robust rhizomatous perennial with reed like leafy stems.

Photo Courtesy: Henryr10

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PHYSICAL

There comes a time . . . when one can feel in everything, in every object, every movement, every vibration, in everything around - not only people and conscious beings, but things, objects: not only trees and plants and living things, but simply any object one uses, the things around one — this delight, this delight of being, of being just as one is, simply being. And one sees that all this vibrates like that. One touches a thing and feels this delight. . . .
For this delight is everywhere. This delight is something very subtle. You move in the midst of things and it is as though they were all singing to you their delight. There comes a time when this becomes very familiar in the life around you. . . . In plants, in flowers, it is so wonderful! They speak all their joy, they express it. And as I said, in familiar objects, the things around you that you use, there is a state of consciousness in which each one is happy to be, just as it is. So at that moment one knows that one has touched the true delight. And it is not conditioned. I mean it does not depend on ... it depends on. nothing. It does not depend on outer circumstances, it does not depend on a more or less favourable state, it does not depend on anything: it is a communion with the raison d'etre of the universe.
And when this comes it fills all the cells of the body. It is not even a thing that is thought out — one does not reason, one does not analyse, it is not that: it is a state in which one lives. And when the body shares in it, it is so fresh — so fresh, so spontaneous, so ... it no longer looks back upon itself, there is no longer any sense of self-observation, of self-analysis or of analysing things. All this is like a canticle of joyous vibrations, but very, very quiet, without violence, without passion, nothing of all that. It is very subtle and very intense at the same time, and when it comes, it seems that the whole universe is a marvellous harmony.
THE MOTHER

When I speak of the physical consciousness, I mean the physical mind and the physical vital as well as the body consciousness proper.
SRI AUROBINDO

In my view the body as well as the mind and life has to be spiritualised or, one may say, divinised so as to be a fit instrument and receptacle for the realisation of the Divine. It has its part in the Divine Lila, even, according to the Vaishnava Sadhana, in the joy and beauty of Divine Love. That does not mean that the body has to be valued for its own separate sake or that the creation of a divine body in a future evolution of the whole being has to be contemplated as an end and not a means - that would be a serious error which would not be admissible. In any case, my speculations about an extreme form of divinisation are something in a far distance and are no part of the preoccupations of the spiritual life in the near future.
SRI AUROBINDO

Have you never watched a forest with all its countless trees and plants simply struggling to catch the light - twisting and trying in a hundred possible ways just to be in the sun? That is precisely the feeling of aspiration in the physical - the urge, the movement, the push towards the light. Plants have more of it in their physical being than men. Their whole life is a worship of light. Light is of course the material symbol of the Divine, and the sun represents, under material conditions, the Supreme Consciousness. The plants have felt it quite distinctly in their own simple, blind way. Their aspiration is intense, if you know how to become aware of it.
THE MOTHER

Physical Consciousness Entirely Turned Towards the Divine
It thirsts for the Divine and wants nothing but Him.

Tithonia rotundifolia
Mexican sunflower
Medium-sized compositae flower with bright reddish orange ray florets and a tufted yellow centre; borne singly on a long stem. A robust erect bushy annual herb.


Ananda in the Physical
May it be welcome, even if it manifests itself rarely.

Hibiscus
Hibiscus rosa-sinensis
Chinese hibiscus, Hawaiian hibiscus, Rose- of-China
Small delicate single flower with soft slightly crinkled cream petals, a deep red centre and a pure white aura.

Photo Courtesy: Forest & Kim Starr

Supramental Beauty in the Physical
Its promise is charming.

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis
Chinese hibiscus, Hawaiian hibiscus, Rose- of-China
  1. Medium-sized single light golden orange flower with orange veins and a deep red centre.
  2. Another form is a large single deep salmon pink flower changing to cream yellow at the edges of the petals, with a deep red centre.
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Photo Courtesy: Dinesh Valke
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Aspiration in the Physical
Manifold, simple and joyful.

Ixora coccinea
Jungle geranium, Flame of the woods, Jungle flame, Burning love
Small deep red salverform flower with a long thin corolla tube and the limb divided into four narrow diamond-shaped lobes; borne in large corymbs. A small to medium-sized shrub with leathery leaves.

Photo Courtesy: Akynou

Aspiration in Physical for the Supramental Light
Clustered, persistent, obstinate, organised, methodical.

Ixora javanica [Ixora singaporensis]
Common red ixora, Javanese ixora
Small golden orange to red orange salverform flower with a long thin corolla tube and a limb divided into four somewhat diamond-shaped lobes; borne in large compact corymbs. A large shrub in bloom most of the year.

Photo Courtesy: Dinesh Valke

Aspiration in the Physical for the Divine Love
Manifold, ecstatic, difficult to satisfy.

Russelia equisetiformis
Coral plant, Fountain plant, Firecracker plant
Small bright coral narrow tubular flowers with five tiny rounded lobes; borne in light cascading clusters. A small subshrub with rushlike angled, arching or pendulous stems.

Photo Courtesy: Eurico Zimbres; Zimbres

Awakening of the Physical Mind
It wants to know and opens wide in order to understand.

Turnera subulata
West Indian holly, Sage rose, Yellow alder
Medium-sized cream white saucer-shaped flower with five rounded petals crimped at outer edge, a tiny maroon streaked centre with an yellow aura; borne singly from the leaf as A perennial herb with serrate pubescent leaves.

Photo Courtesy: Blue Dolphin

Spiritual Aspiration in the Physical
Comes in bursts to counteract and overcome resistances which cannot succeed in making it give up.

Russelia sarmentosa
Tiny crimson tubular flower borne in many- flowered clusters. A floriferous subshrub with four- to six-angled stems and ovate-ferrate leaves.

Photo Courtesy: Toptropical

Physical Centre

Occupied mainly with material things, it likes to have an ordered life.

Canna Xgeneralis
Canna lily
Large showy orange red flower with three soft round irregular petals borne in terminal clusters on sturdy stems; erect perennial rhizomatous herb with lush foliage.

Photo Courtesy: Lestat

Connection between the Light and Physical

Physical centre touched by the Light. Awakens to the necessity of growth and blossoming.

Canna Xgeneralis
Canna lily
Large showy flowers with three soft round irregular petals, all bicoloured yellow and red flowers; borne in terminal clusters on sturdy stems erect perennial rhizomatous herb with lush foliage.

Photo Courtesy: Ranil

Connection between the Supermind and the Physical
Physical centre open and full of the Supramental Light. On the way to transformation, generous and powerful.

Canna Xgeneralis
Canna lily
Large showy flowers with three soft round irregular petals, all bicoloured orange and red flowers; borne in terminal clusters on sturdy stems erect perennial rhizomatous herb with lush foliage.

Photo Courtesy: Cannanews

Ananda in the Physical Body

Purified of all desire and all repulsion, with perfect equality and surrender, the physical body is ready to enjoy the Divine Ananda.

Canna Xgeneralis
Canna lily
Large showy cream white flower having a red centre with three soft round irregular petals borne in terminal clusters on sturdy stems; erect perennial rhizomatous herb with lush foliage.

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Conversion of the Physical
Compact and stable, without any fluctuations.

Hippeastrum
Amaryllis, Knight's star lily, Barbados lily
Large trumpet-shaped bright red flowers with or without a white centre; flowers with six flared petals and long curving stamens; borne on tall sturdy scapes. A large bulb with thick, usually strap like leaves that appear after the blooming season.

Photo Courtesy: Editor B

Conversion of the Physical Mind
Ready to understand everything and to grow continually.

Hippeastrum
Amaryllis, Knight's star lily, Barbados lily
Large trumpet-shaped salmon orange flowers with six flared petals and long curving stamens; borne on tall sturdy scapes. A large bulb with thick, usually strap like leaves that appear after the blooming season.


Photo Courtesy: Forest & Kim Starr

Dignity in the Physical
Above bargaining.

Dahlia
Medium to large (10-15 cm) fully double intense red flowers with symmetrically arranged ray florets in a variety of forms (broad, rounded or cupped).

Photo Courtesy: Claudecf

Generosity in the Physical
Loves abundance and loves to give it.

Impatiens balsamina
Garden balsam, Rose balsam
Small to medium-sized single or double red flowers with irregular wavy petals and a long thin spur; borne singly in the leaf axils on very thin stalks. A bushy garden annual with succulent stems and serrate leaves.

Photo Courtesy: Dinesh Valke

Honesty in the Physical Mind
Preliminary condition indispensable for transformation.

Galphimia glauca
Small mildly fragrant yellow star-shaped flower with five widely separated spatulate petals; borne in terminal racemes. A small to medium-sized shrub almost continually in bloom.

Photo Courtesy: Dinesh Valke

Psycho-Physical Generosity

Generosity of thought and act.

Impatiens balsamina
Garden balsam, Rose balsam
Small to medium-sized bicoloured pink and red single or double flowers with irregular wavy petals and a long thin spur; borne singly in the leaf axils on very thin stalks. A bushy garden annual with succulent stems and serrate leaves.

Photo Courtesy: Dinesh Valke

Humility before the Divine in Physical Nature
First attitude needed for transformation.

Tarenna asiatica
Tiny intensely fragrant cream coloured flowers with five twisted recurved petals and a prominent style; borne in terminal panicles. A hardy medium to large evergreen shrub with glossy leaves.

Photo Courtesy: Sriaurobindoashram

Integrally Equal Basis in the Physical
What you have, I have; what you can do, I can do; what you express, I express-we are all alike.

Clerodendrum philippinum [Clerodendrum fragrans]
Glory bower, Glory tree
Compact terminal clusters of small fragrant white roselike flowers with red calyces. A small to medium-sized shrub with large pungent leaves.

Photo Courtesy: Scott Zona

Intimacy with the Divine in the Physical
Is possible only for him who lives exclusively by the Divine and for the Divine.

Lagerstroemia indica
Crape myrtle, Crepe flower
Medium-sized mildly fragrant pinkish red flower, with delicate deeply crinkled petals and a conspicuous central tuft of yellow anthers; borne in dense terminal panicles. A floriferous shrub or small tree.

Photo Courtesy: Martin LaBar

Physical Enthusiasm

The body takes a lively interest in life an action.

Petunia Xhybrida
Petunia
Medium to large scented single red salverform flowers with a narrow hairy tube and a broad soft often velvety limb, usually with a slightly scalloped edge; borne singly from the leaf axils. A floriferous annual herb with viscid flowers, stems and leaves.

Photo Courtesy: Himanshu Sarpotdar

Cheerful Physical Enthusiasm
The whole being lives only to serve the Divine.

Petunia Xhybrida
Petunia
Medium to large scented double red salverform flowers with a narrow hairy tube and a broad soft often velvety limb, usually with a slightly scalloped edge; borne singly from the leaf axils. A floriferous annual herb with viscid flowers, stems and leaves.

Photo Courtesy: Aunt Owee

Krishna’s Light in the Physical Mind
The physical mind looses all rigidity and becomes supple and charming.

Ruellia lorentziana [Ruellia ciliatiflora]
Medium-sized pale lavender salverform flower with a flattened corolla tube, a violet throat and a limb divided into five somewhat crinkled lobes; borne in few-flowered axillary cymes or terminal panicles. A perennial herb with long pendant flexuous branches.

Photo Courtesy: Sriaurobindoashram

Aspiration for Silence in the physical Mind
Does what it can, but cannot do much.

Eranthemum pulchellum
Blue sage
Small blue violet salverform flower with five rounded lobes; borne on a dense variegated bracted spike. A colourful winter-flowering subshrub.

Photo Courtesy: Toptropicals

Offering of the Physical
The proof of the resolution to liberate oneself from the ego. Let the physical offer itself sincerely to the Divine and it will be transformed.

Alcea rosea
Hollyhock
Medium to large single or double funnel-shaped red flowers with satiny overlapping lobes and a short staminal column covered with loose yellow pollen; borne on tall spirelike stems. A tall biennial herb with rough hairy leaves.

Photo Courtesy: Sarey

Opening of the Physical to the Divine Love
The surest way to find happiness.

Ipomoea hederifolia
Small orange red salverform flower borne in few- to many-flowered cymes. A light annual vine with lobed leaves.

Photo Courtesy: B.navez

Love in the Physical for the Divine

Modest in appearance, but tenacious and charming; it does not make a fuss, but is very faithful.

Ipomoea quamoclit
Cypress vine, Star-glory, Indian pink, Cardinal climber
Small intense red starlike salverform flower with a long narrow tube and conspicuous white anthers; borne singly or in few-flowered clusters from the leaf axils. A soft light climber with threadlike leaves.

Photo Courtesy: Dancing Goose

Peace in the Physical

To want what God wants is the best condition for it.

Calophyllum inophyllum
Alexandrian laurel, Indian laurel, Laurelwood
Small fragrant waxy white flower with round cupped petals and a prominent central tuft of yellow stamens; borne in terminal panicles. A medium-sized evergreen tree with glossy leathery leaves.


Physical Aspiration for Immortality
Intense aspiration, but ignorant of the means.

Celosia argentea (Plumosa Group)
Feathered amaranth
Long erect branching spikes of tiny red loosely arranged everlasting flowers that form soft feathery plumes. A showy floriferous garden annual.

Photo Courtesy: Jim Frazier

Physical Boldness
Nothing seems impossible in its consecration to the Divine.

Celosia argentea (Cristata)
Common cockscomb
Red compact velvety rounded or flared floral heads with intricate convolutions; the tiny inconspicuous flowers are sparsely arranged on the stem below. A bold striking annual.

Photo Courtesy: Cliff1066

Physical Continuity
Prolongs and prolongs itself and never comes to an end.

Acalypha hispida
Chenille plant, Red-hot cattail, Red cattail, Foxtail
Very long soft dense pendant red or purple catkins borne singly from the leaf axils. A shrub with medium to large broad green leaves.

Photo Courtesy: Autan

Physical Curiosity
Its value depends on its purpose.

Holmskioldia sanguinea
Cup and saucer plant, Mandarins-hat, Chinese- hat plant, Parasol flower
Small narrow tubular red flowers arising from open parasol-like calyces; borne in clusters in short axillary racemes. A straggling evergreen shrub.

Photo Courtesy: Tony Rodd

Physical Endurance
Knows neither fatigue nor exhaustion.

Zinnia elegans
Common zinnia, Youth-and-old-age
Large, usually double compositae dark red flowers with firm spatulate ray florets; borne singly on sturdy stems. A long- blooming garden annual.

Photo Courtesy: Bitter Girl

Physical Mind
Becomes a good instrument of action when it is content to be that alone.

Tecoma X smithii [Tecoma alata]
Trumpet bush
Small yellow trumpet-shaped flower with flattened corolla tube tinged with sienna on the upper side and a spreading limb divided into five rounded lobes; borne in terminal clusters. An erect shrub with small serrate leaves.

Photo Courtesy: Dinesh Valke

Physical Plasticity
One of the important conditions for transformation.

Tagetes patula
French marigold
Medium-sized compositae yellow or orange flower streaked with maroon; borne singly or in few-flowered clusters. A low bushy annual with strongly aromatic leaves.

Photo Courtesy: Guppiecat

Physical Protection
Is possible only with a total surrender to the divine and absence of all desire.

Bougainvillea
Clusters of showy ovate red bracts in groups of three or more that enfold tiny white to greenish white salverform flowers. A shrub, vine or small tree, usually armed with spines.

Photo Courtesy: EricBflom

Physical Thoroughness
Takes great care of details in the execution of work.

Verbena X Hybrida
Common garden verbena, Florists' verbena
Small dark red salverform flowers with irregular rounded lobes; borne in flat- topped terminal spikes. A creeping matlike perennial often grown as an annual; the sagittate pubescent leaves have crenate margins.

Photo Courtesy: Calico_13

Power of Physical Expression
One of the benefits of conversion.

Antirrhinum majus
Snap dragon
Small bilabiate red flowers with a short flattened corolla tube; the upper lip has two broad recurved lobes, the raised centre of the lower lip closes the "mouth" of the flower, the lower edge is lobed and somewhat ruffled; borne in erect racemes. A colourful annual or perennial.

Picture courtesy:Ratbastrd

Psychic Light in the Physical Movements
The first step towards the transformation of the physical.

Pentas lanceolata
Star-cluster, Egyptian star-cluster
Small vivid pink salverform six-pointed star-shaped limb; airy thin corolla tube; borne in terminal clusters. An almost ever blooming subshrub pubescent ovate to lanceolate leaves.

Photo Courtesy: Juni

Promise of Realisation in the Physical Mind
A good encouragement for the necessary effort.

Tropaeolum majus
Nasturtium, Indian cress
Medium-sized mildly fragrant light yellow flower with a red centre with two upper and three lower contrasting petals and a prominent spur; borne singly on long stems. A somewhat succulent annual herb with orbicular peltate edible leaves.

Photo Courtesy: Marj.Jolly

Promise of Realisation in the Physical

Courage to face the long labour.

Nasturtium, Indian cress
Medium-sized mildly fragrant bicoloured yellow and maroon flowers with two upper and three lower contrasting petals and a prominent spur; borne singly on long stems. A somewhat succulent annual herb with orbicular peltate edible leaves.

Photo Courtesy: Oceandesetoiles

Response of the Physical Mind to the Supramental Light
The physical mind eager to understand and be transformed.

Asclepias curassavica
Blood flower, Swallow wort, Matal, Indian root
Tiny flowers with five orange red petals that curve back towards the stalk and a prominent central orange crown; borne in terminal cymes. A perennial herb with milky sap.

Photo Courtesy: Forest & Kim Starr

Physical Skill in Work
Skillful hands, a clear vision, a concentrated attention, an untiring patience and what one does is done well.

Phlox drummondii
Annual phlox, Drummond phlox
Small carmine red salverform flowers with a narrow tube and a flattened limb divided into five broad slightly overlapping lobes; borne in dense terminal clusters. A long-flowering garden annual.

Photo Courtesy: Fairy Whispers

Transparency in the Physical
The physical is preparing itself to be transformed.

Callistephus chinensis
China aster
Medium-sized slightly scented semi double compositae red flowers with a yellow central disc and numerous narrow ray florets creating a soft pom-pom effect; borne singly. A compact bushy annual.

Photo Courtesy: Dalgial

Wisdom in the Physical Mind
A first step towards the Supramental manifestation upon earth.

Calliandra haematocephala
Red powderpuff
Medium-sized powderpuff head composed of red stamens; borne from the leaf axils. A tall spreading shrub.

Photo Courtesy: Palestrina55

Physical Receptivity

One should have it only towards the Divine.

Gladiolus Xhortulanus
Garden gladiolus
Tall elegant compact one-sided spike of small to medium-sized bright red flowers with six flared petals that are often ruffled and frilled; a bulbous plant with sword-shaped leaves.

Photo Courtesy: sereneonion

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NATURE


Awakening of the first Response of the Nature to the Supramental Manifestation

Interested, she opens herself and tries to understand.

Jatropha integerrima
Peregrina, Spicy jatropha
  1. Small reddish pink flower with five narrow rounded separated petals and conspicuous anthers; borne in long-stemmed terminal cymes. A shrub with variable leaf forms which are often fiddle-shaped.
  2. Another form is a small light pink cup-shaped flower with rounded petals and conspicuous yellow anthers.
Photo Courtesy: Forest & Kim Starr
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Balance of the Nature in the Love for the Divine
Passive and active, calm and ardent, sweet and strong, silent and expressed.

Rosa
Rose
All medium-sized bicoloured flowers. A large shrub.

Photo Courtesy: Renjishino

Blossoming of Nature
Abundant and strong, nothing can stop its growth.

Calluna vulgaris
Ling, Scots heather
Tiny fragrant rose pink bell-shaped flowers densely borne in one-sided spikelike terminal racemes. A small evergreen shrub.


First Conscious Reception of the Light in Nature
The origin or starting-point of the will to progress. Nature has an instinctive thirst for Light.

Commelina
Widow's tears, Dayflower
Tiny blue to lavender flower with two upper clawed petals, one lower inconspicuous petal and three smaller whitish sepals; emerging singly or in pairs from a folded green bract. A perennial succulent herb.

Photo Courtesy: Dinesh Valke

Humility before the Divine in Physical Nature
First attitude needed for transformation.

Tarenna asiatica
Tiny intensely fragrant cream coloured flowers with five twisted recurved petals and a prominent style; borne in terminal panicles. A hardy medium to large evergreen shrub with glossy leaves.

Photo Courtesy: Sriaurobindoashram

Intimacy with Universal Nature
This intimacy is only possible for those who are vast and without preferences or repulsions.

Lagerstroemia speciosa
Queen's crape myrtle, Pride of India, Pyinma
Medium-sized mildly fragrant rose purple flower, larger and with petals more open than Lagerstroemia Indica. A large showy ornamental tree.

Photo Courtesy: Dinesh Valke

Joy of Vegetal Nature in Answer to the New Light

It dances with joy and laughs happily.

Callistemon
Bottlebrush
All species with long showy bright red exserted stamens and tiny inconspicuous greenish white petals set among linear lanceolate leaves; borne in spikes resembling a bottlebrush. A shrub or small tree with aromatic leaves.


Kindness of Nature
She is kind when she is loving.

Trifolium
Clover, Trefoil
Small fragrant dense rounded heads of tiny papilionaceous flowers in white and shades of purple, pink or yellow. An annual or perennial herb with leaves composed of usually three but occasionally four leaflets.

Photo Courtesy: Bernd Haynold

Nature Aspires to be Supramentalised

The first response of plant life to the action of the supramental forces.

Stictocardia beraviensis
Medium-sized funnelform flower with a glowing rose red satiny recurved limb and a wide deep yellow throat prominently lined with red; borne in few-flowered clusters from the leaf axils. A strong woody twiner with large heart-shaped leaves.

Photo Courtesy: Toptropicals

Nature Makes an Offering of Her Beauty
It is a spontaneous and effortless offering.

Ipomoea
Morning glory
Small to large showy, usually funnelform flowers in white and shades of red, pink, purple and blue; borne singly. Mostly climbing annual or perennial herbs. The significance includes all Ipomoeas not specifically named by the Mother.

Photo Courtesy: Heartlover1717

Nature's Hope for Realisation

Nature knows that one day she will be able to realise.

Mangifera indica
Mango tree
Tiny cream to pale pink five-petalled flowers with a fruitlike fragrance, borne in large pink-stalked terminal panicles. A handsome medium to large evergreen tree.

Photo Courtesy: Mauroguanandi

Psychic Soaring of Nature
Nature has a soul which blossoms in a lovely way.

Rose canina
Dog rose, Common brier, Dog brier, Eglantine
Medium-sized single light pink flower with five petals and conspicuous yellow stamens; borne in few-flowered clusters. A climbing shrub often grown as a hedge or over a bower.

Photo Courtesy: Sakurai Midori

Smile of Nature

Nature rejoices in her beauty.

Prunus dulcis
Almond, Almond tree
Small white to pink sessile saucer-shaped flowers with five rounded petals and many stamens; borne singly or in pairs. A small to medium-sized tree that is covered with flowers in spring before the leaves appear and later bears edible nuts.

Photo Courtesy: Fturmog

Spontaneous Aspiration of Nature towards the Divine
Wide open, spontaneous, irrevocable in its spontaneous power.

Leucanthemum vulgare [Chrysanthemum leucanthemum]
Ox-eye daisy, Moon daisy, Marguerite
Medium-sized single white compositae flower with a yellow centre, borne singly on a long stalk. A slender erect rhizomatous perennial.

Photo Courtesy: Ram-Man

Spontaneous Joy of Nature
It is man who has made Nature sorrowful.

Papaver rhoeas
Corn poppy, Field poppy, Flanders poppy, Shirley poppy
Medium-sized showy cup-shaped usually single flower with four wide delicately crinkled satiny petals and a central tuft of numerous stamens; in shades of red, purple, pink, orange and occasionally white; borne singly on long stems. A small erect branching annual herb.

Photo Courtesy: Only_point_five

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SPIRITUAL

If mankind could but see though in a glimpse of fleeting experience what infinite enjoyments, what perfect forces, what luminous reaches of spontaneous knowledge, what wide calms of our being lie waiting for us in the tracts which our animal evolution has not yet conquered, they would leave all and never rest till they had gained these treasures. But the way is narrow, the doors are hard to force, and fear, distrust and scepticism are there, sentinels of Nature, to forbid the turning away of our feet from her ordinary pastures.
SRI AUROBINDO

Spirituality can only come by opening of the mind, vital and physical to the inmost soul, to the higher Self, to the Divine, and their subordination to the spiritual forces and instrumentation as channels of the inner Light, the higher Knowledge and Power.
All perfection of which the outer man is capable, is only a realising of the eternal perfection of the Spirit within him. We know the Divine and become the Divine, because we are That already in our secret nature.
SRI AUROBINDO

The spiritual man is one who has discovered his soul: he has found his self and lives in that, is conscious of it, has the joy of it; he needs nothing external for his completeness of existence.
SRI AUROBINDO

Spirituality is in its essence an awakening to the inner reality of our being, to a spirit, self, soul which is other than our mind, life and body, an inner aspiration to know, to feel, to be that, to enter into contact with the greater Reality beyond and pervading the universe which inhabits also our own being, to be in communion with It and union with It, and a turning, a conversion, a transformation of our whole being as a result of the aspiration, the contact, the union, a growth or waking into a new becoming or new being, a new self, a new nature.
SRI AUROBINDO

Power of Spirituality
True spirituality transforms life.

Sansevieria
Bowstring hemp, Snake plant, Mother-in-law's tongue
Small white to dusty white scented tubular flowers with a narrow corolla tube, six narrow recurved lobes and six erect exserted stamens; borne in dense clusters on a very long stalk. A perennial herb with thick cylindrical leaves marked with very thin dark green stripes

Photo Courtesy: Sriaurobindoashram.com


Joy of Spirituality

The reward of sincere efforts.

Sansevieria
Bowstring hemp, Snake plant, Mother-in-law's tongue
white to dusty white scented tubular flowers with a narrow corolla tube, six narrow recurved lobes and six erect exserted stamens; borne in small clusters sparsely arranged along the erect stalks. A perennial herb with flat swordlike leaves strikingly mottled with contrasting shades of green.

Photo Courtesy: Alreza


Spiritual Intensity
It is an intensity without violence. The ardour it gives you is espressed without grand gesture and big words.

Orthosiphon stamineus
Cat's whiskers
Small rose purple salverform flower with a very thin corolla tube, two irregular opposite lobes, one spreading and one narrow, and long graceful exserted upward curving stamens; borne in elongated terminal racemes. A weak-stemmed perennial with dark green serrated leaves.

Photo Courtesy: Forest & Kim Starr

Aspiration for Spiritual Intensity
Bold, elegant, obstinate.

Orthosiphon stamineus
Cat's whiskers
Small white salverform flower with a very thin corolla tube, two irregular opposite lobes, one spreading and one narrow, and long graceful exserted upward curving stamens which are pale lavenderat the top; borne in elongated terminal racemes. A weak-stemmed perennial with dark green serrated leaves.

Photo Courtesy: Scott.Zona

Aspiration for Spirituality
Conscious of the advantages of spiritualisation.

Salvia
Sage, Ramona
Small tubular bilabiate flowers in white and shades of blue, pink, purple and red; borne in erect spikes or curving racemes. A herb, subshrub or shrub.

Photo Courtesy: KENPEI

Vital Consenting to be Spiritualised
A greater victory over the lower nature.

Salvia
Mexican bush sage
Small velvety white to pale mauve tubular bilabiate flower half enclosed by a very soft velvety purple calyx; borne in tiers on long arching racemes. A subshrub with a silvery pubescence on the stems and backs of the lanceolate leaves.

Photo Courtesy: Christine4nier

Matter Consenting to Be Spiritualised

The beginning of wisdom.

Salvia splendens
Scarlet sage
Small bright red softly pubescent narrow tubular flower with the tube divided into four irregular shallow lobes, emerging from a conspicuous crinkled bright red pubescent calyx; borne in large very dense three-sided terminal racemes with bright red pubescent stems. A long-blooming perennial.

Photo Courtesy: Dinesh Valke

Power of Spiritual Beauty (Spiritual Beauty of Auroville)
Spiritual beauty has a contagious power.

Hibiscus Hawaiian
Medium-sized or large single salmon-orange to golden-yellow flower with soft crinkled petals, deep magenta centre and silver-white aura.

Photo Courtesy: Mark Aurel

Pure Spiritual Surrender
Candid, simple, spontaneous and complete in its multiplicity.

Rosa 'Prosperity'
Rose
Small very fragrant semi-double ivory white flower tinged with pink; borne in full pendulous sprays. A vigorous climber.


Spiritual Ascension
Fearless, regular, uninterrupted.

Citharexylum
Fiddle-wood, Zitherwood
Tiny highly fragrant white five-petalled flowers in slender pendulous racemes. A small to medium-sized tree with four-angled stems and opposite leaves.

Photo Courtesy: Dinesh Valke

Spiritual Ascension in the Vital
It is more fanciful and less regular.

Stachytarpheta jamaicensis
Blue snakeweed, Common snakeweed, Jamaican vervain
Tiny light lavender blue salverform flowers with a white centre, sparsely arranged on long thin spikes. A medium to large perennial herb or subshrub.

Photo Courtesy: Dinesh Valke

Spiritual Aspiration

Rises like an arrow without caring for obstacles or laggards.

Terminalia catappa
Tropical almond, Indian almond, Kamani, Myrobalan
Tiny white starlike flowers with numerous short stamens; borne in long thin dense racemes resembling catkins. A large tree with thick leathery obovate leaves that often turn red before falling.

Photo Courtesy: Tequila

Spiritual Aspiration in the Physical
Comes in bursts to counteract and overcome resistances which cannot succeed in making it give up.

Russelia sarmentosa
Tiny crimson tubular flower borne in many- flowered clusters. A floriferous subshrub with four- to six-angled stems and ovate-ferrate leaves.

Photo Courtesy: Toptropical

Spiritual Atmosphere
Light, fluid, clear, transparent and so clean.

Azadirachta indica
Neem, Margosa
Tiny fragrant white star-shaped flowers with a narrow corona; borne in airy panicles. A medium-sized tree with dense foliage.

Photo Courtesy: Dinesh Valke

Spiritual Awakening of the Vital
It soars towards the heights in the hope of reaching them.

Solenostemon scutellarioides [Coleus Xhybridus]
Coleus, Painted nettle
Tiny two-lipped flowers that open pale lavender and turn white, borne in small densely flowered terminal spikes. A perennial succulent herb popular for its colourful foliage.


Photo Courtesy: Forest & Kim Starr

Spiritual Beauty
Immaculate whiteness, sweetness and purity, you seem to come from another world.

Leontopodium alpinum
Edelweiss
Small tight terminal clusters of white or yellowish white starlike flowers with a tufted centre surrounded by greyish white petal-like bracts. A low woolly perennial herb with greyish leaves.

Photo Courtesy: Inklaar

Spiritual Happiness
Calm and smiling nothing can disturb it.

Pelargonium
Geranium, Storksbill
Small to medium-sized single flowers with five sepals and five petals, the upper pair usually larger; in white and shades of red, pink and purple, also in many double forms; borne in umbels above the foliage. A perennial herb or shrub with aromatic leaves.

Photo Courtesy: Forest & Kim Starr

Spiritual Perfume
It has an extraordinary power of attraction.

Pandanus tectorius
Pandanus palm, Thatch screw pine
Highly fragrant tiny woolly cream yellow flowers borne on very dense spikes that are enclosed in folded leaflike triangular sheaths with sharp barbed thorns on the margins, the whole resembling an ear of corn. A large shrub with aerial prop roots and stiff spiny leaves.

Photo Courtesy: Forest & Kim Starr

Spiritual Power of Healing
Opening and receptivity to the Divine influence.

Petrea volubilis
Purple wreath, Sandpaper, Queens-wreath, Bluebird vine
Small violet salverform flower with five rounded lobes, the upper lobe marked with a prominent white spot, set in a larger pale lilac star-shaped calyx; borne on pendulous racemes. A woody vine with rough leaves like sandpaper.

Photo Courtesy: Eric in SF

Spiritual Speech
All-powerful in its simplicity.

Asparagus densiflorus 'Sprengeri'
Sprenger asparagus, Sprengeri, Emerald fern,Emerald feather
Tiny white mildly fragrant starlike flowers with orange-tipped stamens; occurring in small clusters amidst the foliage or sometimes forming dense sprays. A fernlike perennial herb with gracefully arching stems.

Photo Courtesy: Grivas2k

Spiritual Success
Spiritual success is conscious union with the Divine.

Hiptage benghalensis
Small fragrant white flower with prominent curved stamens and pistil, and five irregularly folded, twisted and fringed petals; the central petals are blotched with yellow; borne in compact terminal clusters. A rampant vine that can be pruned into a large shrub.

Photo Courtesy: Toptropicals

Spiritual Aspiration in the Vital

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Celosia argentea (Plumosa group)
Feathered amaranth
Long erect branching spikes of tiny red flowers that form soft feathery plumes. A showy floriferous garden annual.

Photo Courtesy: Jim Frazier

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TO KNOW


To Know How to Listen

To be attentive and silent.

Podranea ricasoliana
Medium-sized light pink to lavender pink salverform flower with a wide limb divided into five rounded wavy-edged lobes and a cream white throat covered with fine hairs and veined in deep pink; borne in large terminal panicles. A medium-sized vine with decorative glossy deep green compound leaves.

Photo Courtesy: Forest & Kim Starr

To know what has to be Said

Neither too many words nor too few - just what is needed.

Alpinia galanga
Siamese ginger, Galangal
Small white tubular flower with a large prominent cream white lip heavily striped with maroon red; borne on short dense panicles. A tall rhizomatous perennial herb with leaves and stems that give off a fragrance when bruised.

Picture Courtesy: Dinesh Valke

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TONGUE


Sharp Tongue

Unfortunately too frequent.

Aphelandra tetragona
Medium-sized long narrow tubular orange flower opening into two pointed lips; set in overlapping brownish green bracts on a four-sided terminal spike. A medium-sized shrub that flowers for many weeks in the cool season.

Photo courtesy: Toptropicals

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LIE

It is never good to tell a lie, but here its results can only be disastrous, for falsehood is the very symbol of that which wants to oppose the divine work of Truth.
THE MOTHER

To speak always the truth is the highest tide of nobility.
THE MOTHER

Never Tell a Lie
The absolute condition for safety on the path.

Pereskia
Leaf cactus, Blade apple
Medium-sized cup-shaped pink flower with flat satiny slightly recurved petals and a central tuft of numerous yellow stamens; borne in few-flowered terminal clusters. A shrub or vine with thin sharp spines and fleshy leaves.

Photo Courtesy: Damouns

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LIE


Never Tell a Lie

The absolute condition for safety on the path.

Pereskia
Leaf cactus
Small clusters of pink rotate flowers with numerous stamens and a fleshy base; rambling thorny climber

LIE


Never Tell a Lie

The absolute condition for safety on the path.

Pereskia
Leaf cactus
Small clusters of pink rotate flowers with numerous stamens and a fleshy base; rambling thorny climber

GOSSIP

The Mother's warning to you against the undesirability of too much talk, loose chat and gossip, social self-dispersion was entirely meant and stands; when you indulge in these things, you throw yourself out into a very small and ignorant consciousness in which your vital defects get free play and this is likely to bring you out of what you have developed in your inner consciousness.
SRI AUROBINDO

I myself have had the experience that one can be fully concentrated and be in union with the Divine even while working physically with one's hands; but naturally this asks for a little practice, and for this the most important thing to avoid is useless talking. It is not work but useless talking that takes us away from the Divine.
THE MOTHER

Gossip
Dark and pointed, this is a flower that wounds more than it charms.

Typhonium blumei
Large firm spathe, bulbous and green tinged with brown at the base, widening to become ovate in shape and a deep maroon colour, and a thin tapering spadix with a rough pink segment near the base; the flower arises directly from the round. A poisonous tuberous herb with sagittate shallowly three-lobed leaves.

Photo Courtesy: Sriaurobindoashram.com

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ELOQUENCE


Eloquence

We know how to express ourselves in a convincing way.

Alpinia zerumbet
Shell ginger, Pink porcelain lily
Small fragrant waxy white tubular flower tipped with light red, with a prominent yellow lip streaked and spotted with red; borne in nodding racemes. A tall rhizomatous perennial herb with leafy canes.


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GENTLE


Gentleness

Always gracious and loves to please.

Lathyrus odoratus
Sweet pea
Small sweetly fragrant papilionaceous flowers with a broad erect upper petal and two lower petals that enfold a curved "beak"; in white and many shades of pink, red, salmon and lavender; borne in few-flowered clusters from the leaf axils. A delicate annual climber.

Photo Courtesy: vinceconnare

Vital Gentleness
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Lathyrus odoratus
Sweet pea
Small sweetly fragrant papilionaceous mauve flowers with a broad erect upper petal and two lower petals that enfold a curved "beak"; borne in few-flowered clusters from the leaf axils. A delicate annual climber.


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MATTER

Certainly, peace, purity and silence can be felt in all material things - for the Divine Self is there in all.
SRI AUROBINDO

Attachment of the Material Vital to the Divine
An attachment that insists on feeling the power of contact.

Eranthemum laxiflorum
Small reddish violet salverform flower with a thin tube that expands into five somewhat irregular and pointed lobes; borne in one- to three- flowered clusters from the leaf axils. A small prolific flowering shrub.

Photo Courtesy: Dinesh Valke

Beginning of Realisation in Matter
Matter responds to the Divine influence.

Erythrina variegata
Coral tree
Dense striking terminal racemes of medium-sized orange red to dark red flowers with one prominent curving partly folded petal and long exserted stamens. A large thorny deciduous tree.

Photo Courtesy: Tau Ľolunga

The Psychic Governs Matter

The psychic influence compels the physical to turn towards the Divine.

Erythrina variegata Alba
Coral tree
Dense terminal racemes of medium-sized white flowers veined pink with one prominent curving partly folded petal and long exserted stamens. A tall narrow tree with greenish bark and narrow vertical yellow stripes.

Photo Courtesy: Forest & Kim Starr

Matter Prepares Itself to Receive the Supramental

Matter strives to free itself from old habits in order to prepare for the new realisation.

Erythrina variegata
Coral tree
Medium-sized bright orange flowers with long exserted orange red stamens; the leaves are heavily variegated with yellow along the veins and midrib. A large deciduous tree.

Photo Courtesy: Toptropicals

Blessings on the Material World
Puissant and innumerable, they answer all needs.

Scabiosa atropurpurea
Mournful widow, Sweet scabius, Pincushion flower, Egyptian rose
Small rounded heads composed of tiny mildly fragrant deep purple flowers with numerous white stamens resembling a pincushion, the outer row with larger rounded lobes; borne singly on long stems. An erect annual with somewhat leathery leaves.

Photo Courtesy: Ellievanhoutte

Broadening of the Most Material Vital
The limitations of the ego begin to be shaken.

Sinningia speciosa
Florists' gloxinia, Gloxinia, Brazilian gloxinia, Violet slipper gloxinia
Showy medium-sized single velvety purple bell-shaped flowers with a spreading limb divided into five to twelve lobes with ruffled edges; borne singly or in small clusters on long stems. A low tuberous perennial herb with broad pubescent leaves.

Photo Courtesy: Cbcastro

Constant Progress in Matter
The result of an ardent aspiration.

Catharanthus roseus
Madagascar periwinkle, Old maid, Cayenne jasmine, Rose periwinkle
Small to medium-sized salverform flowers with a narrow green corolla tube and limb divided into five separated spatulate lobes; light pink with red centre; borne singly in the leaf axils. A long-blooming perennial herb.

Photo Courtesy: Bill and Mavis

Integral Progress in Matter

Matter awakens to consciousness.

Catharanthus roseus
Madagascar periwinkle, Old maid, Cayenne jasmine, Rose periwinkle
Small to medium-sized salverform flowers with a narrow green corolla tube and limb divided into five separated spatulate lobes; white with red centre; borne singly in the leaf axils. A long-blooming perennial herb.

Photo Courtesy: Helios Jinn

First Appearance of the Psychic in Matter
A messenger of beauty.

Jatropha multifida
Coral plant, Physic nut
Tiny red or deep pink flowers with five separated rounded petals and a reddish pink stalk; borne in compound cymes. A medium to large shrub with large palmate leaves having eight to twelve deep lobes.

Photo Courtesy: Atamari

First Mental Awakening in Matter
It has preceded and prepared man's future upon earth.

Tribulus terrestris
Caltrop, Devil's weed, Puncture vine, Burnut
Small yellow saucer-shaped rotate wayside flower with five spreading overlapping petals; borne singly from the leaf axils. A mostly prostrate annual or perennial herb bearing hard nutlets with sharp spines.

Photo Courtesy: Manuel M. Ramos

First Sign of Krishna’s Light in Matter
It is the indication of the coming transformation.

Evolvus alsinoides
Tiny sky blue saucer-shaped flower with a white centre and anthers; borne singly or in few-flowered clusters. A prostrate spreading perennial countryside herb.

Photo Courtesy: aspidoscelis

Harmony in the Material Vital
No disputes, no quarrels-the sweetness of a life without clashes.

Antigonon leptopus
Coral vine, Confederate vine, Mexican creeper, Chain of love
Tiny delicate lantern-shaped deep pink flowers in small racemes forming long trailing sprays. A dense fast growing vine with heavily veined lanceolate or ovate-cordate leaves.

Photo Courtesy: I likE Plants

Enthusiasm in the Most Material Vital
Needed to face the difficulties of life successfully.

Petunia Xhybrida
Petunia
Medium to large scented single velvety rich deep purple salverform flowers with a narrow hairy tube and a broad soft often velvety limb, usually with a slightly scalloped edge; borne singly from the leaf axils. A floriferous annual herb with viscid flowers, stems and leaves.

Photo Courtesy: Forest & Kim Starr

Cheerful Enthusiasm in the Most Material Vital
The most material vital will find its joy in enthusiastic action when it is governed by the Supermind.

Petunia Xhybrida
Petunia
Medium to large scented double velvety rich deep purple salverform flowers with a narrow hairy tube and a broad soft often velvety limb, usually with a slightly scalloped edge; borne singly from the leaf axils. A floriferous annual herb with viscid flowers, stems and leaves.


Photo Courtesy: JamesCanby

Krishna’s Play in Matter
Beauty, love and joy are His companions. A play that widens and makes us progress.

Torenia fournieri
Wishbone flower, Bluewings
Small salverform flowers with a flattened corolla tube and a limb irregularly divided into one larger crimped upper lobe and three smaller lower lobes; hybrid form in pale lavender edged with deep velvety purple and an yellow spot in the centre of the lower lobe; the prominent calyx is light green and ribbed; borne singly in the leaf axils or in few-flowered terminal racemes. A low delicate annual herb.

Photo Courtesy: Nipplerings72

Material Abundance
Nature always shows us what true abundance is-one is overwhelmed!

Gossypium
Cotton
Medium-sized yellow or cream white somewhat cup-shaped flower with five sheer overlapping petals, occasionally with a purple red spot at the base; set in conspicuous green fringed bracts on short stems in the leaf axils. An annual or perennial herb or shrub.

Photo Courtesy: Peppergrass

Success in the Most Material Vital
Has value only when it is offered to the Divine.

Gossypium arboreum
Tree cotton
Medium-sized dark red cup-shaped flower with twisted tightly overlapping satiny petals set in three large dull green bracts tinged with red; borne singly in the leaf axils. A medium to large shrub with deeply lobed leaves and ripe seed capsules that open into conspicuous rounded white cotton balls.

Photo Courtesy: Tony from Sydney

Material Continuity
Powerful, enduring, solid.

Acalypha wilkesiana
Jacob’s coat, Fire dragon
Long thin hard erect dull red catkins. A shrub having large russet leaves with pink patches.

Photo Courtesy: Forest & Kim Starr

Material Organisation
Manifold and well-arranged in order to face difficulties.

Pseuderanthemum
Small white salverform flowers speckled with purplish red dots and a purplish red centre; with five rounded lobes, the upper two often (but not always)overlapped to appear almost as one lobe; borne in erect spikes. A small shrub with leaves often variegated or strongly coloured in maroon to dark purple.

Photo Courtesy: Dinesh Valke

Material Power to Heal
Demands a great sincerity in one’s goodwill.

Calandrinia grandiflora
Rock purslane
Small bright pink flower with a centre of numerous tiny yellow anthers; borne in loose racemes but usually opens singly. A low fleshy perennial herb with three-sided stems and edible leaves.

Photo Courtesy: Stan Shebs

Matter Aspiring for the Supramental Guidance
Dissatisfied and troubled. Matter asks for a powerful guide to put it in order.

Odontonema strictum
Small red curving tubular flower with five irregularly separated flaring lobes; borne in erect branching racemes. A small to medium shrub with wavy-edged leaves.

Photo Courtesy: Forest & Kim Starr

Matter under the Supramental Guidance

The condition required for its transformation.

Hamelia patens
Scarlet bush, Firebush
Small orange narrow tubular candlelike flower borne in terminal cymes. A shrub or small tree with oblong lanceolate leaves in whorls.

Photo Courtesy: Dinesh Valke

Matter Consenting to Be Spiritualised
The beginning of wisdom.

Salvia splendens
Scarlet sage
Small bright red softly pubescent narrow tubular flower with the tube divided into four irregular shallow lobes, emerging from a conspicuous crinkled bright red pubescent calyx; borne in large very dense three-sided terminal racemes with bright red pubescent stems. A long-blooming perennial.

Photo Courtesy: Dinesh Valke

Mind of Light Acting in Matter
A powerful aid to progress.

Castanospermum australe
Moreton bay chestnut, Australian chestnut, Black bean
Small golden yellow to orange or reddish orange papilionaceous flower with long exserted stamens; borne on short lateral racemes on old wood. A medium-sized evergreen tree with dark green foliage.

Photo Courtesy: Jen64

Offering of the Material Vital
Indispensable for conversion.

Alcea rosea
Hollyhock
Medium to large single or double funnel-shaped reddish violet flowers with satiny overlapping lobes and a short staminal column covered with loose yellow pollen; borne on tall spirelike stems. A tall biennial herb with rough hairy leaves.

Photo Courtesy: Gertrud K

Offering of the Most Material Vital

The first step towards transformation.

Alcea rosea
Hollyhock
Medium to large single or double funnel-shaped very dark red flowers with a blackish sheen; with satiny overlapping lobes and a short staminal column covered with loose yellow pollen; borne on tall spirelike stems. A tall biennial herb with rough hairy leaves.

Photo Courtesy: La fattina

Opening of the Material Vital to the Light
One of the essential conditions for peace.

Thunbergia erecta
King's mantle
Medium-sized deep violet salverform flowers with a bright yellow throat, a curved corolla tube and a limb divided into five rounded lobes. An erect or sometimes scandent shrub.

Photo Courtesy: Tim Waters

Life energy in the material

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Dendranthema Xgrandiflorum [Chrysanthemum Xmorifolium]
Florists' chrysanthemum
Medium to large double compositae golden red flowers in a variety of forms with variously shaped ray florets; borne singly or in loose corymbs. A bushy perennial with aromatic leaves and flowers.
Photo Courtesy: Jespis

Organised Material Energy
Clustered, compact and methodical, it is powerful through its organisation.

Schefflera actinophylla [Brassaia actinophylla]
Australian ivy-palm, Octopus tree, Queensland umbrella tree
Tiny round dull red flowers in tight ball-like clusters studding long stalks which rise like a fountain spray above the leaves. An evergreen tree with glossy leaves.

Picture Courtesy: mauroguanandi

Promise of Realisation in Matter
The best encouragement for doing what is necessary.

Tropaeolum majus
Nasturtium, Indian cress
Medium-sized mildly fragrant dark red to maroon flowers with two upper and three lower contrasting petals and a prominent spur; borne singly on long stems. A somewhat succulent annual herb with orbicular peltate edible leaves.

Photo Courtesy: GuppyStrom

Psychic Awakening in Matter
Matter opens itself to the spiritual life.

Dodonaea viscosa
Hopseed bush
Small green papery three-winged seed-capsules tinged with light maroon, turning brown when ripe; borne in clusters among the leaves. A medium-sized shrub or slender tree with ovate- lanceolate leaves.

Photo Courtesy: Bill Swindaman

Psychic Light in the Material Movements
Essential condition for transformation.

Pentas lanceolata
Star-cluster, Egyptian star-cluster
Small bright red salverform six-pointed star-shaped limb; airy thin corolla tube; borne in terminal clusters. An almost ever blooming subshrub pubescent ovate to lanceolate leaves.

Photo Courtesy: Nipplerings72

Psychological Perfection in Matter
The first step towards transformation.

Plumeria rubra
Frangipani, Temple tree, Nosegay, West Indian jasmine, Pagoda tree
Medium-sized fragrant predominantly white flower edged with rose pink, with a rose pink band on the back of each petal and a tiny deep yellow centre. A small tree with broad stiff obovate leaves.

Picture Courtesy: Atamari

Skill in Material Work
Skillful hands, precise care, a sustained attention and one compels matter to obey the spirit.

Phlox drummondii
Annual phlox, Drummond phlox
Small brigt red salverform flowers with a narrow tube and a flattened limb divided into five broad slightly overlapping lobes; borne in dense terminal clusters. A long-flowering garden annual.

Photo Courtesy: Jmtimages

Solid Steadfastness in the Material Consciousness
The material consciousness has a firm and solid steadfastness.

Bombax ceiba
Red silk-cotton tree, Simul
Large deep red flower with five fleshy recurved petals and prominent stamens in two central whorls; borne singly. A very large spiny deciduous tree with palmate leaves.

Picture Courtesy: Nomad@silent

Splendour and Opulence in the Material Life
Can become widespread only through transformation.

Quassia amara
Bitterwood, Surinam quassia
Medium-sized glowing scarlet tubular flower with yellow anthers that protrude beyond the petals; borne in racemes. A shrub or small tree with uniquely shaped leaves; new leaves are glossy copper red.

Photo Courtesy: Joel Abroad

True Action in the Material Vital
Graceful and simple in its spontaneity.

Combretum coccineum
Large dense branching brushlike clusters of small bright crimson five-petalled flowers with exserted stamens. A vine or twining shrub of moderate growth with bronze-coloured new leaves.

Copyright © Prasad Vallabhajosyula; Photo Courtesy: Trek Nature

Vital Joy in matter
The reward for abolishing selfishness.

Nierembergia hippomanica
Cupflower
Small blue violet cup-shaped flower with a very short corolla tube and the limb divided into five broad overlapping lobes; borne singly. A lovely small floriferous perennial herb.

Photo Courtesy: Univerzity Karlovy v Praze

Wealth in the Most material Vital

Can be stable only after conversion.

Nymphaea
Water lily
Large showy usually very fragrant deep rose red flowers with numerous narrow pointed or rounded petals, many prominent erect stamens and four petal- like sepals; borne singly on long stems, either floating or held above the water. An aquatic rhizomatous herb with large floating peltate leaves.

Photo Courtesy: Krista76

Material Enterprises
Many projects, many attempts, many constructions.

Ceiba pentandra
Kapok, White silk-cotton tree
Medium-sized cream white flower with five velvety recurving petals set in cup-shaped calyces; borne singly or in small clusters. A very large tree with a spiny trunk and prominent buttresses; the tree bears large pods containing the silk-cotton.

Photo Courtesy: Dinesh Valke

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MENTAL


The "Mind" in the ordinary use of the word covers indiscriminately the whole consciousness, for man is a mental being and mentalises everything; but in the language of this yoga the words "mind" and "mental" are used to connote specially the part of the nature which has to do with cognition and intelligence, with ideas, with mental or thought perceptions, the reactions of thought to things, with the truly mental movements and formations, mental vision and will, etc., that are part of his intelligence.
SRI AUROBINDO


Mind

Its true value depends on its surrender to the Divine.


Thevetia peruviana
Yellow oleander, Be-still tree, Lucky nut
Medium-sized fragrant yellow narrow funnel- shaped flower with swirled petals; borne in few-flowered cymes. A large shrub or small tree with glossy linear lanceolate leaves and highly poisonous fruits.


Photo Courtesy: Bernard Loison

Purified Mind
Mind ready to surrender to the Divine.

Thevetia peruviana
Yellow oleander, Be-still tree, Lucky nut
Medium-sized fragrant white narrow funnel- shaped flower with swirled petals; borne in few-flowered cymes. A large shrub or small tree with glossy linear lanceolate leaves and highly poisonous fruits.

Photo Courtesy: Dinesh Valke


Supramentalised Mind

Mind has become an instrument for transformation.

Thevetia peruviana
Yellow oleander. Be-still tree, Lucky nut
Medium-sized fragrant orange narrow funnel-shaped flower with swirled petals; borne singly. A large shrub or small tree with glossy linear lanceolate leaves and highly poisonous fruits.


Photo Courtesy: Forest & Kim Starr



Birth of True Mental Sincerity
With its birth the mind will understand that it is only an intermediary and not an end in itself.

Melampodium paludosum
Small single yellow compositae flower with a dark brown centre; borne in leafy cymes. A long-blooming perennial herb.

Photo Courtesy: Van swearingen

First Mental Awakening in Matter

It has preceded and prepared man's future upon earth.

Tribulus terrestris
Caltrop, Devil's weed, Puncture vine, Burnut
Small yellow saucer-shaped rotate wayside flower with five spreading overlapping petals; borne singly from the leaf axils. A mostly prostrate annual or perennial herb bearing hard nutlets with sharp spines.

Photo Courtesy: Manuel M. Ramos

Mental Purity
A mirror that does not distort.

Tabernaemontana divaricata
Crape jasmine, Crape gardenia, Pinwheel flower, East Indian rosebay
Small single white salverform flower with five rotate lobes resembling a pinwheel, and a yellow centre; borne in compound clusters. A large handsome almost ever-blooming shrub with glossy dark green leaves.

Photo Courtesy: Himanshu Sarpotdar

Integral Mental Purity

Silent, attentive, receptive, concentrated on the Divine-such is the path of purity.

Tabernaemontana divaricata 'Flore-pleno'
Crape jasmine, Crape gardenia, Pinwheel flower, East Indian rosebay
Medium-sized slightly fragrant semi-double white salverform flower with curling slightly crinkled petal-like lobes. A medium-sized shrub with glossy leaves.

Photo Courtesy: Eric in SF

Perfect Mental Purity
A spotless mirror turned constantly towards the Divine.

Tabernaemontana divaricata 'Flore-pleno'
Crape jasmine, Crape gardenia, Pinwheel flower, East Indian rosebay
Medium-sized fragrant double white salverform flower with heavily crinkled petal-like lobes. A medium-sized shrub with glossy leaves.

Photo Courtesy: Himanshu Sarpotdar

Mental Aspiration
Its expression is clear precise and very reasonable.

Ixora coccinea
Jungle geranium, Flame of the woods, Jungle flame, Burning love
Small light yellow salverform flower with a long thin corolla tube and the limb divided into four narrow diamond-shaped lobes; borne in large corymbs. A small to medium-sized shrub with leathery leaves.

Photo Courtesy: Dinesh Valke

Mental Attachment to the Divine
Beautiful in form and in expression.

Dendrobium moschatum
Orchid
Medium-sized fragrant pale golden orange flower with one erect and two lower sepals, two wider horizontal petals and a prominent fuzzy, pouchlike lip with two maroon spots near the base; borne in pendulous racemes. A showy epiphyte.

Photo Copyright and Courtesy: Cambridge2000.com

Mental Balance
Mind governed by reason.

Begonia
Tiny yellow waxy flowers with two prominent petals and yellow anthers and stigmas; borne in delicately balanced cymes. A succulent perennial herb often with beautifully coloured leaves.

Picture Courtesy: Eric

Perfect Mental Balance
Indispensable for facing the difficulties of life.

Begonia
Medium-sized single or double yellow flowers with two or more prominent petals and yellow anthers and stigmas; borne in delicately balanced cymes. .A succulent perennial herb often with beautifully coloured leaves.

Picture Courtesy: MShades

Mental Boldness
May your mind be capable of foreseeing the perfections of tomorrow.

Celosia argentea (Cristata)
Common cockscomb
Yellow compact velvety rounded or flared floral heads with intricate convolutions; the tiny inconspicuous flowers are sparsely arranged on the stem below. A bold striking annual.

Photo Courtesy: Forest & Kim Starr

Mental Chastity
Precious and magnificent in its purity.

Oncoba spinosa
Medium-sized fragrant white saucer-shaped flower with a large prominent centre of innumerable soft yellow stamens; borne singly. A small tree with long sharp spines.

Photo Courtesy: Toptropicals

Mental Cheerfulness
It knows how to enjoy everything.

Gaillardia pulchella 'Picta (Sweet)'
Indian blanket, Blanket flower, Fire-wheels
Medium-sized single compositae yellow flower with flat three-lobed ray florets , slightly recurved when fully open and encircle the convex central disc. A commonly cultivated garden annual.

Photo Courtesy: Mola

Mental Curiosity
Should be strictly controlled so as not to be dangerous.

Holmskioldia sanguinea
Cup and saucer plant, Mandarins-hat, Chinese- hat plant, Parasol flower
Small narrow tubular lemon yellow flowers arising from open parasol-like calyces; borne in clusters in short axillary racemes. A straggling evergreen shrub.

Photo Courtesy: Forest & Kim Starr

Mental Endurance
The difficulty of the problems to be solved will never discourage it.

Zinnia elegans
Common zinnia, Youth-and-old-age
Large, usually double compositae yellow flowers with firm spatulate ray florets; borne singly on sturdy stems. A long- blooming garden annual.

Photo Courtesy: Toptropicals

Mental Fantasy
Disorderly, it too often lacks coordination.

Delonix elata
Medium-sized cream white flower with four frilled rounded petals, a smaller raised and curled lemon yellow lip and ten very long conspicuous orange stamens; the flower fades to soft gold with age; borne in terminal corymbs. A medium-sized spreading tree with feathery foliage.

Photo Courtesy: Toptropicals

Mental Goodwill
Likes to show off a little, but is very useful.

Mussaenda luteola
Small lemon yellow or yellow funnel-shaped flower with five petals embossed with a star; the base of the flower is surrounded by one to five conspicuous sepals of various forms and sizes in cream white, pink or red which form the attractive part of the flower; borne in sparse terminal clusters. An erect decorative shrub.


Mental Gratitude
The gratefulness of the mind for what makes it progress.

Merremia tuberosa
Wood rose, Yellow morning glory, Spanish woodbine, Hawaiian wood rose
Medium-sized golden yellow funnelform flower with the corolla tube completely enclosed by enlarged sepals; borne in few-flowered clusters from the leaf axils but blooms one at a time. A vigorous woody vine that has palmate leaves with seven deeply cut lobes and dried seed capsules that resemble carved wooden roses.

Photo Courtesy: Forest & Kim Starr

Mental Honesty
One does not try to deceive others nor to deceive itself.

Tristellateia australasiae
Small bright yellow flower with five narrow separated petals and tiny red stamens; borne in short racemes. An almost ever-blooming woody vine of moderate growth.

Photo Courtesy: Tuis

Mental Love for the Divine
The nature offers its love in a fragrant blossoming.

Rosa
Rose
Medium to large yellow flower. A medium to large shrub.

Photo Courtesy: Stan Shebs

Mental Love under the Psychic Influence
The mind influenced by the psychic knows how to express its love for the Divine in magnificent terms.

Rosa ‘Peace’
Rose
Medium to large cream or yellow flower tinged with pink. A medium to large shrub.


Mental Surrender
Occurs when the mind has understood that it is only an instrument.

Rosa
Rose
Medium to large yellow flower tinged with orange. A medium to large shrub.


Mental Opening
The first step of the mind towards transformation.

Barleria prionitis
Small golden yellow salverform flower with pointed petals that emerge from a spiny bracted spike. An erect spiny subshrub.

Picture Courtesy: Tony from Sydney

Mental Plasticity
Indispensable for true knowledge.

Tagetes erecta
African marigold, Aztec marigold, Big marigold
Medium to large compact double compositae yellow flowers with convoluted petals; borne singly or in few-flowered clusters. An annual or perennial herb with strongly aromatic leaves.

Photo Courtesy: Lestat (Jan Mehlich)

Energy of a Plastic Mind
Does not draw back from any effort to progress.

Tagetes erecta
African marigold, Aztec marigold, Big marigold
Medium to large compact double compositae bright yellow flower with finely frilled incurved petals; borne singly or in few-flowered clusters. An annual or perennial herb with strongly aromatic leaves.

Photo Courtesy: Akahodog

Mental Prayer
Spontaneous in a mind that is aspiring for transformation.

Zephyranthes
Zephyr flower, Fairy lily, Rain lily
Small to medium-sized funnel-shaped fragrant yellow flowers with six pointed petals. A small bulbous herb with grasslike leaves.

Photo Courtesy: Bernard Loison

Mental pride
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Dahlia
Medium-sized semi-double yellow compositae flowers with two or three rows of ray florets and a central yellow disc; borne singly or in clusters.


Mental Promise
The assurance that the Supramental goal will be realised.

Abutilon Xhybridum
Chinese lantern, Flowering maple, Parlor maple, Indian mallow
Small to medium-sized pendant bell-shaped bright yellow flowers with stamens united in a central tubular column; borne singly and often nodding on axillary peduncles. A perennial herb or small shrub.

Photo Courtesy: louisa_catlover

Mental Receptivity
Always ready to learn.

Gladiolus Xhortulanus
Garden gladiolus
Tall elegant compact one-sided spike of small to medium-sized yellow flowers with six flared petals that are often ruffled and frilled; a bulbous plant with sword-shaped leaves.

Photo Courtesy: Eric in SF

Mental Simplicity
Does not like complications.

Thymophylla tenuiloba [Dysodia tenuiloba]
Golden fleece, Dahlberg daisy
Tiny compositae flower with yellow ray florets and a yellow centre; borne singly among finely cut aromatic leaves. A low bushy annual herb.

Photo Courtesy: Jillhudgins

Mental Sincerity
The essential condition for integral honesty.

Solidago
Goldenrod
Tiny yellow starlike flowers borne in tall feathery branching racemes. A vigorous rhizomatous perennial herb.

Photo Courtesy: Steeve C

Mental Spirit of Imitation
What you cannot find for yourself, you imitate.

Dendrophthoe falcata
Medium-sized pale orange yellow narrow tubular flower with exserted stamens tipped with bright red anthers and a corolla tube that ends in five narrow green recurved lobes resembling a star; borne in axillary clusters along the branches of trees. A parasitic plant.

Photo Courtesy: J.M.Garg




Mental Suggestions of Organization
Abundant and clustered, a little dull.

Aglaia odorata
Chinese rice flower
Very tiny yellow sweet-scented globose flowers borne in axillary racemes. A large evergreen shrub that has glossy dark green pinnate leaves with five to seven leaflets.

Picture Courtesy: Forest & Kim Starr

Mental Tapasya
The process leading to the goal.

Datura
Thorn apple
Large single or double mildly fragrant erect trumpet-shaped yellow flower with corolla tube partly encased in a large velvety inflated green calyx; borne singly from the leaf axils. A highly poisonous annual or short-lived perennial herb with large dark green tomentose leaves.

Photo Courtesy: Rowdy Rider

Mental Trust in the Divine
Firm and definitive it does not question.

Asystasia gangetica
Small cream yellow funnelform flowers with a short corolla tube and a limb divided into five rounded overlapping lobes; borne in one-sided racemes. Spreading lightly pubescent perennial herbs with opposite ovate leaves.

Photo Courtesy: cookislands.bishopmuseum.org

Trust in the Vital Mind for the Divine

Opens itself to the Divine Consciousness, without trying to hide anything from It.

Asystasia gangetica
Small, Pale yellow funnelform flower with a light lavender spot on the throat; with a short corolla tube and a limb divided into five rounded overlapping lobes; borne in one-sided racemes. Spreading lightly pubescent perennial herbs with opposite ovate leaves.

Picture not available.

Mental Voice
The mind must learn to express only what is dictated by the Divine.

Gmelina philippensis
Wild sage
Pendulous racemes of small bright yellow tubular flowers that expand to a wide throat with one extended and three recurved lobes which emerge from conspicuous purplish overlapping bracts. A large spiny scandent shrub with a rambling habit.

Photo Courtesy: Forest & Kim Starr

Mentalised Power
Power becomes utilisable.

Abelmoschus esculentus
Okra, gumbo, lady’s finger
Medium-sized bright lemon yellow rotate flower with five soft overlapping petals, a dark red centre and prominent dark red stigmas; borne singly. A common garden vegetable in warm climates.

Picture Courtesy:Banjos9090

Also
Hibiscus rosa-sinensis Viceroy
Chinese hibiscus, Hawaiian hibiscus, Rose- of-China
Small, medium or large single lemon yellow flowers with strikingly contrasting bright red or maroon centre.

Photo Courtesy: Jaide1202

Power in the Converted Mind
When the mind turns towards the Divine it becomes a powerful instrument.

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis Viceroy
Chinese hibiscus, Hawaiian hibiscus, Rose- of-China
Large single bright ochre yellow flower with crinkled petals.

Photo Courtesy: JIGGS IMAGES

Power of Mental Expression
Has no value unless it is at the service of the Divine.

Antirrhinum majus
Snapdragon
Small bilabiate yellow flowers with a short flattened corolla tube; the upper lip has two broad recurved lobes, the raised centre of the lower lip closes the "mouth" of the flower, the lower edge is lobed and somewhat ruffled; borne in erect racemes. A colourful annual or perennial.

Picture courtesy: Dinesh Valke

Skill in Mental Work
To know how to observe in silence is the source of its skillfulness.

Phlox drummondii
Annual phlox, Drummond phlox
Small yellow salverform flowers with a narrow tube and a flattened limb divided into five broad slightly overlapping lobes; borne in dense terminal clusters. A long-flowering garden annual.

Photo Courtesy: fuentedelateja

Supramentalised Mental Dignity

Tolerates no pettiness in thought turned towards the Truth.

Dahlia
Medium to large (10-15 cm) fully double orange yellow flowers with symmetrically arranged ray florets in a variety of forms (broad, rounded or cupped).

Photo Courtesy: Cillas


Aspiration for Silence in the Mind
Too noisy to be effective.

Eranthemum pulchellum
Blue sage
Small sky blue salverform flower with five rounded lobes; borne on a dense variegated bracted spike. A colourful winter-flowering subshrub.

Photo Courtesy: Toptropicals

Aspiration for Silence in the physical Mind
Does what it can, but cannot do much.

Eranthemum pulchellum
Blue sage
Small blue violet salverform flower with five rounded lobes; borne on a dense variegated bracted spike. A colourful winter-flowering subshrub.

Photo Courtesy: Toptropicals

Aspiration of the Mind for the Supramental Guidance
The mind feels that its complexity is powerless and asks for a greater light to illuminate it.

Justicia aurea
Medium-sized yellow tubular flower with the corolla partly divided into two lips, emerging from a conspicuous dark green bract; in dense brushlike terminal spikes. An erect narrow shrub with four-sided stems.


Attentive Mind
The mind attains its full utility when it knows how to listen to the higher inspiration.

Cassia
Senna, Shower tree
Small yellow cup-shaped flowers with five obovate petals; borne in axillary or terminal clusters. Shrubs or small to medium-sized trees. All yellow-flowered Cassias except Cassia alata and Cassia fistula are included in this significance.

Photo Courtesy: Gertrud K.

Awakening in the mind
Let it turn to the Light and to the Light alone.

Turnera ulmifolia
West Indian holly, Sage rose, Yellow alder
Small yellow saucer-shaped flower with five slightly separated rounded petals; borne singly from the leaf axils. A subshrub with pubescent heavily serrated lanceolate leaves.

Photo Courtesy: Tim Waters

Awakening of the Physical Mind
It wants to know and opens itself wide in order to understand.

Turnera subulata
West Indian holly, Sage rose, Yellow alder
Medium-sized cream white saucer-shaped flower with five rounded petals crimped at outer edge, a tiny maroon streaked centre with an yellow aura; borne singly from the leaf as A perennial herb with serrate pubescent leaves.

Photo Courtesy: Blue Dolphin

Clear Mind
The first step on the way to conversion.

Artabotrys hexapetalus
Climbing ilang-ilang
Medium-sized pendulous flower with six thick fleshy tapering petals and a fruitlike fragrance; flowers open greenish yellow and become yellow with age; borne singly or in clusters. A vigorous climbing shrub.

Picture Courtesy: Tony

Conversion of the Higher Mind
Receives its inspirations from the Divine Consciousness.

Lycoris aurea
Golden hurricane lily, Golden spider lily
Medium-sized bright golden yellow funnelform flower with a short tube opening into curved lobes and long exserted stamens creating a spidery appearance; borne in umbels on a solid scape. A bulbous herb that flowers in a leafless state.


Conversion of the Mind
The mind has freed itself of its arrogance and knows that it is only an instrument.

Hippeastrum
Amaryllis, Knight's star lily, Barbados lily
Large trumpet-shaped yellow flowers with six flared petals and long curving stamens; borne on tall sturdy scapes. A large bulb with thick, usually strap like leaves that appear after the blooming season.

Picture not available.

Conversion of the Physical Mind
Ready to understand everything and to grow continually.

Hippeastrum
Amaryllis, Knight's star lily, Barbados lily
Large trumpet-shaped salmon orange flowers with six flared petals and long curving stamens; borne on tall sturdy scapes. A large bulb with thick, usually strap like leaves that appear after the blooming season.


Photo Courtesy: Forest & Kim Starr

Fire in the Mind
An ardour that sets ideas ablaze.

Caesalpinia pulcherrima [Poinciana pulcherrima]
Barbados pride, Paradise flower, Peacock flower, Barbados flower fence
Small striking golden yellow flower with four equal petals, a smaller lip and very long prominent stamens; borne in erect racemes. A large somewhat prickly shrub.

Photo Courtesy: Ryan Brookes

Formative Faculty in the Mind
It is a natural and very spontaneous gift.

Crotalaria juncea
Sun hemp
Small bright yellow papilionaceous flower; borne in terminal racemes. A shrub with trifoliate leaves and grooved striated stems commonly cultivated for its fibre.

Photo Courtesy: Dinesh Valke

Higher Mind
Its superiority lies in its capacity to open to the Divine Light.

Tecoma stans
Yellow bells, Yellow elder
Small very fragrant bright yellow trumpet- shaped salverform flower in showy clusters. A floriferous shrub or small tree.

Photo Courtesy: Abbamouse

Physical Mind
Becomes a good instrument of action when it is content to be that alone.

Tecoma X smithii [Tecoma alata]
Trumpet bush
Small yellow trumpet-shaped flower with flattened corolla tube tinged with sienna on the upper side and a spreading limb divided into five rounded lobes; borne in terminal clusters. An erect shrub with small serrate leaves.

Photo Courtesy: Dinesh Valke

Honesty in the Physical Mind
Preliminary condition indispensable for transformation.

Galphimia glauca
Small mildly fragrant yellow star-shaped flower with five widely separated spatulate petals; borne in terminal racemes. A small to medium-sized shrub almost continually in bloom.

Photo Courtesy: Dinesh Valke

Illumined Mind Centre
In the peace that comes from the perfect light.

Canna Xgeneralis
Canna lily
Large showy pale yellow flower with three soft round irregular petals borne in terminal clusters on sturdy stems; erect perennial rhizomatous herb with lush foliage.

Photo Courtesy: Cremondiou

Intuitive Mind Centre

The activity of correct perception.

Canna Xgeneralis
Canna lily
Large showy light or dark yellow flowers having a few red specks towards the centre with three soft round irregular petals borne in terminal clusters on sturdy stems; erect perennial rhizomatous herb with lush foliage.

Photo Courtesy: KENPEI

Kind Mind
The mind prepares itself for conversion.

Luffa acutangula
Angled luffa, Sing-kwa, Ridge gourd, Sponge gourd
Medium-sized mildly fragrant light yellow salverform flower with five delicate separated petals; borne in clusters on long stems from the leaf axils. A vine which bears long prominently ribbed fruits that are edible when young and the source of luffa sponges when mature.

Photo Courtesy: sriaurobindoashram

Krishna’s Light in the Mind
A charming way of becoming intelligent.

Thunbergia grandiflora
Blue trumpet vine, Clock vine, Bengal clock vine, Sky vine
Large light lavender salverform flower with a broad limb divided into five rounded lobes, a soft yellow centre and a corolla tube that emerges from two prominent green bracts; borne in pendulous racemes. A vigorous vine with dense rough foliage.


Krishna’s Light in the Physical Mind
The physical mind looses all rigidity and becomes supple and charming.

Ruellia lorentziana [Ruellia ciliatiflora]
Medium-sized pale lavender salverform flower with a flattened corolla tube, a violet throat and a limb divided into five somewhat crinkled lobes; borne in few-flowered axillary cymes or terminal panicles. A perennial herb with long pendant flexuous branches.

Photo Courtesy: Sriaurobindoashram

Mind of Light acting in Matter
A powerful aid to progress.

Castanospermum australe
Moreton bay chestnut, Australian chestnut, Black bean
Small golden yellow to orange or reddish orange papilionaceous flower with long exserted stamens; borne on short lateral racemes on old wood. A medium-sized evergreen tree with dark green foliage.

Photo Courtesy: Jen64

Quiet Mind
The best way to learn.

Nerium oleander
Oleander, Rosebay
Sweetly fragrant single white salverform flower with five separated petals, with a delicate fringed corona; borne in loose cymes. A prolific flowering shrub with stiff lanceolate leaves.

Photo Courtesy: Winged Photography

Quietness Established in the Mind
The essential condition for its transformation.

Nerium oleander
Oleander, Rosebay
Sweetly fragrant single white salverform flower with elongated petals, with a delicate fringed corona; borne in loose cymes. A prolific flowering shrub with stiff lanceolate leaves.

Photo Courtesy: Forest & Kim Starr

Perfect Quietness in the Mind
Essential condition for true progress.

Nerium oleander
Oleander, Rosebay
Sweetly fragrant double white salverform flower with five separated petals, with a delicate fringed corona; borne in loose cymes. A prolific flowering shrub with stiff lanceolate leaves.

Photo Courtesy: Hovic

Perfect Working of the Mind
Can happen when the mind is determined exclusively to fulfill its role.

Trachymene coerulea
Blue lace flower
Tiny blue or light lavender blue flowers with unequal petals; borne in small dense umbels. An annual herb with hairy leaves divided into linear segments.

Photo Courtesy: Paul R. Weaver

Promise of Realisation in the Mind
The mind must be silent to allow the Supramental consciousness to take its place.

Tropaeolum majus
Nasturtium, Indian cress
Medium-sized mildly fragrant yellow flowers with two upper and three lower contrasting petals and a prominent spur; borne singly on long stems. A somewhat succulent annual herb with orbicular peltate edible leaves.

Photo Courtesy: Robinrkc

Promise of Realisation in the Physical Mind
A good encouragement for the necessary effort.

Tropaeolum majus
Nasturtium, Indian cress
Medium-sized mildly fragrant light yellow flower with a red centre with two upper and three lower contrasting petals and a prominent spur; borne singly on long stems. A somewhat succulent annual herb with orbicular peltate edible leaves.

Photo Courtesy: Marj.Jolly

Response of the Mind to the Supramental Light
Represents an important step towards realisation.

Asclepias curassavica
Blood flower, Swallow wort, Matal, Indian root
Tiny flowers with five yellow petals that curve back towards the stalk and a prominent central golden crown; borne in terminal cymes. A perennial herb with milky sap.

Photo Courtesy: Stan Shebs

Response of the Physical Mind to the Supramental Light
The physical mind eager to understand and be transformed.

Asclepias curassavica
Blood flower, Swallow wort, Matal, Indian root
Tiny flowers with five orange red petals that curve back towards the stalk and a prominent central orange crown; borne in terminal cymes. A perennial herb with milky sap.

Photo Courtesy: Forest & Kim Starr

Solace in the Mind
A silent peace.

Mirabilis jalapa
Marvel of Peru, Four-o'clock, False jalap, Beauty of the night
Small fragrant yellow salverform flowers with a long corolla tube and the limb divided into five rounded lobes that open towards evening. A perennial herb with large deep tuberous roots.

Photo Courtesy: Nemo's great uncle


Voice of the Higher Mind
In quest of Truth.

Anemopaegma carrerense
Medium-sized salverform flower with a wide flattened yellow corolla tube and a small five- lobed cream white limb; usually borne in pairs on axillary stems. A vigorous vine with glossy wavy bi- or trifoliate leaves.

Picture Courtesy: Sriaurobindoashram.org

Wealth in the Mind of Light
Open to all higher ideas.

Nymphaea
Water lily
Large showy usually very fragrant blue flowers with golden centre and with numerous narrow pointed or rounded petals, many prominent erect stamens and four petal- like sepals; borne singly on long stems, either floating or held above the water. An aquatic rhizomatous herb with large floating peltate leaves.

Photo Courtesy: komehachi888

Wisdom in the Physical Mind
A first step towards the Supramental manifestation upon earth.

Calliandra haematocephala
Red powderpuff
Medium-sized powderpuff head composed of red stamens; borne from the leaf axils. A tall spreading shrub.

Photo Courtesy: Palestrina55

Working of the Enlightened Mind

It is very powerful in leading the being to the Divine and can be very useful for progress.

Crataeva Adansonii [Crataeva Nurvala; Crataeva Religiosa]
Caper tree
Medium-sized fragrant flowers, opening white and turning cream with age, composed of numerous long stamens surrounded on one side by four oval petals; clustered in short racemes along the leafless branches. A small to medium-sized deciduous tree.

Photo Courtesy: Dinesh Valke

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VITAL


The Vital’s Possibility of Perfection
The day the vital will be converted it will have much to give.

Gladiolus callianthus [Acidanthera bicolor]
Peacock orchid
Fragrant medium-sized white flower with six graceful pointed petals, the lower three petals marked with a triangular maroon spot at the base; borne in loose spikes. A rhizomatous perennial herb with sword-shaped leaves.

Photo Courtesy: Niall McAuley

Vital Opening
The vital is ready to receive the Divine influence.

Saritaea magnifica
Clusters of fragrant medium-sized rose purple trumpet-shaped salverform flowers with five rounded lobes, a flattened corolla tube and a white throat streaked with fine parallel lines. A scandent shrub with smooth leathery obovate leaves.

Photo Courtesy: Toptropicals

Vital Consecration
Delightfully modest and fragrant, it smiles at life without wanting to draw attention to itself.

Heliotropium arborescens
Heliotrope, Cherry-pie
Tiny fragrant starlike flowers in pale to deep purple, borne in dense terminal cymes. A bushy perennial herb with very hairy leaves.

Photo Courtesy: Carl E Lewis

Aspiration for Vital Purity
Delicate, modest, insistent.

Duranta erecta [Duranta repens]
Pigeon berry, Sky flower, Golden dewdrop
Tiny sweetly scented lavender salverform flower with a white centre, borne on small racemes. A large ornamental shrub or small tree.

Photo Courtesy: Forest & Kim Starr

Vital Purity
It begins with the abolition of desires.

Duranta erecta [Duranta repens]
Pigeon berry, Sky flower, Golden dewdrop
Tiny sweetly scented white salverform flower; borne on small racemes. A large ornamental shrub or small tree.

Photo Courtesy: Tanakawho

Vital Aspiration for the Union with the Divine
It raise straight up in an intense and concentrated movement.

Polygonum
Knotweed, Smartweed
Very tiny light pink bell-shaped flowers that bloom sparsely but are accompanied by many minute round buds on slender racemes. A tall narrow aquatic plant with sparse foliage of long drooping lanceolate leaves.

Photo Courtesy: Rl

Attachment in the emotional vital to the Divine
An artistic and graceful attachment, perhaps a little fanciful.


Vanda coerulea
Blue orchid
Medium-sized light lavender-blue flower with a small violet lip and five obovate widely separated petals; borne in racemes on erect scapes. An epiphyte with straplike leaves.

Photo Courtesy: Alexlomas

Vital Attachment to the Divine

Manifold and abundant in its multiplicity.

Spathoglottis plicata
Orchid, Terrestrial orchid
Small pale to deep lavender pink flower with three petal-like sepals, two similar but slightly broader petals and a small uniquely shaped centre and lip; borne in clusters on leafless stems. A free-flowering terrestrial orchid with ovoid pseudo-bulbs.

Photo Courtesy: Nipplerings72

Attachment of the Material Vital to the Divine

An attachment that insists on feeling the power of contact.

Eranthemum laxiflorum
Small reddish violet salverform flower with a thin tube that expands into five somewhat irregular and pointed lobes; borne in one- to three- flowered clusters from the leaf axils. A small prolific flowering shrub.

Photo Courtesy: Dinesh Valke

Attempt at Vital Goodwill
An attempt is a small thing but it can be a promise for the future.

Jacaranda
Green ebony
Medium-sized mildly fragrant lavender blue salverform flowers with a curved and flattened corolla tube, a limb divided into five irregular lobes and a white patch on one side of the throat; borne in terminal panicles. A medium- sized tree with a soft feathery foliage.

Photo Courtesy: http://www.flickr.com/photos/lindadevolder/790408258/

Broadening of the Most Material Vital
The limitations of the ego begin to be shaken.

Sinningia speciosa
Florists' gloxinia, Gloxinia, Brazilian gloxinia, Violet slipper gloxinia
Showy medium-sized single velvety purple bell-shaped flowers with a spreading limb divided into five to twelve lobes with ruffled edges; borne singly or in small clusters on long stems. A low tuberous perennial herb with broad pubescent leaves.

Photo Courtesy: Cbcastro

Candid Simplicity in the Vital
One of the most difficult qualities for the vital to acquire.

Oxalis
Sorrel, Shamrock
Small lavender pink to rose purple cup-shaped flower with five rounded petals and a light green centre with a yellow-tipped pistil and stamens; borne in few-flowered umbels. A small bulbous perennial herb with usually trifoliate leaves.


Aspiration for Conquest of Enemies in the Vital
A concentrated and unobtrusive will acting quietly but effectively.

Verbena tenuisecta
Moss verbena
Elongated spikes of small light pink salverform flowers with five irregular rounded lobes. A low perennial herb with deeply cut somewhat lacy leaves.

Photo courtesy: MP Roopesh

Will to Conquer the Vital Enemies
Indispensable for the mastery over desires.

Verbena tenuisecta
Moss verbena
Elongated spikes of small rose purple salverform flowers with five irregular rounded lobes. A low perennial herb with deeply cut somewhat lacy leaves.

Photo Courtesy: Forest & Kim Starr

Conquest over the Vital Enemies

The appearance is modest, but the power is lasting.

Verbena tenuisecta
Moss verbena
Elongated spikes of small white salverform flowers with five irregular rounded lobes. A low perennial herb with deeply cut somewhat lacy leaves.

Photo Courtesy: MP Roopesh

Vital Immortality
It exists in its own domain, but depends on surrender to the Divine.

Gomphrena globosa
Globe amaranth, Bachelor's button
Small rounded everlasting heads of magenta purple papery bracts enfolding minute star-shaped cream white flowers; borne singly on slender stems. An erect branching annual herb.

Photo Courtesy: Dinesh Valke

Conscious Vital Immortality

The immortality of an organised and conscious vital being.

Gomphrena globosa
Globe amaranth, Bachelor's button
Small rounded everlasting heads of pale lavender pink papery bracts enfolding minute star-shaped cream white flowers; borne singly on slender stems. An erect branching annual herb.

Photo Courtesy: ms.tea

Consent of the Vital

Friendly, smiling, always ready for action, with a great goodwill.

Browallia
Bush violet
Small delicate salverform flower with an irregularly shaped five-lobed limb; in light blue shades with a tiny yellow spot in the centre; borne singly in the leaf axils. An annual or perennial herb.


Enthusiastic Vital Consent

Here all the resources of its enthusiasm are placed at the service of its consent.

Browallia
Bush violet
Small delicate salverform flower with an irregularly shaped five-lobed limb; in Pale lilac lined with white borne singly in the leaf axils. An annual or perennial herb.

Picture not available.

Conversion of the Vital
Enthusiastic and spontaneous, it gives itself unstintingly.

Hippeastrum
Amaryllis, Knight's star lily, Barbados lily
Large trumpet-shaped dark red flowers with or without a red centre and with six flared petals and long curving stamens; borne on tall sturdy scapes. A large bulb with thick, usually strap like leaves that appear after the blooming season.


Correct Movements in the Vital
At once the cause and the result of conversion.

Saintpaulia ionantha
African violet, Usambara violet
Small dainty single purple flowers with five spreading petal-like lobes and a tiny centre of yellow anthers; there are also many double and ruffled forms, usually with a sparkling iridescent sheen to the petals; borne singly or in clusters on short stems above the leaves. A small compact plant with fleshy rounded pubescent leaves.

Photo Courtesy: Wildfeuer

Disinterested Work Done for the Divine in the Vital

Calm and powerful, it reaches its goal.

Crinum
Crinum lily, Spider lily
Very large white salverform flower with long tapering fleshy recurved petal-like lobes, whitish above and reddish purple beneath, and six long erect reddish purple stamens; borne in umbels on long scapes. A bulbous plant with straplike leaves.

Photo Courtesy: Nipplerings72

Distinction of the Vital

Light and graceful, of refined elegance.
Further comment: Distinction is the result of refinement, aristocracy, measure and artistic fineness.

Melia azedarach
Chinaberry, Persian lilac, Pride of India, Bead tree
Small fragrant star-shaped flower with a narrow deep purple stamina tube and five narrow recurved white petals tinged with mauve; borne in axillary panicles. A medium-sized spreading ornamental tree.

Photo Courtesy: Wlcutler

Endurance of the Higher Vital
Whatever the circumstances, it never fails.

Zinnia elegans
Common zinnia, Youth-and-old-age
Large, usually double compositae pinkish mauve flowers with firm spatulate ray florets; borne singly on sturdy stems. A long- blooming garden annual.

Photo Courtesy: SK Photography

Vital Endurance
Whatever the obstacles, we shall always go forward!

Zinnia elegans
Common zinnia, Youth-and-old-age
Large, usually double compositae violet red flowers with firm spatulate ray florets; borne singly on sturdy stems. A long- blooming garden annual.

Photo Courtesy: Gardenpunk

Enthusiasm in Higher Vital
The vital being takes a lively interest in what it does.

Petunia Xhybrida
Petunia
Medium to large scented single pale lavender blue salverform flowers with deeper veins of the same colour; with a narrow hairy tube and a broad soft often velvety limb, usually with a slightly scalloped edge; borne singly from the leaf axils. A floriferous annual herb with viscid flowers, stems and leaves.

Photo Courtesy: Lodigs

Cheerful Enthusiasm in the Higher Vital
The result of perfect surrender to the Divine.

Petunia Xhybrida
Petunia
Medium to large scented double pale lavender blue salverform flowers with deeper veins of the same colour; with a narrow hairy tube and a broad soft often velvety limb, usually with a slightly scalloped edge; borne singly from the leaf axils. A floriferous annual herb with viscid flowers, stems and leaves.

Photo Courtesy: Dragontomato

Vital Enthusiasm
Care must be taken that it is in the right direction.

Petunia Xhybrida
Petunia
Medium to large scented single pinkish mauve salverform flowers with a narrow hairy tube and a broad soft often velvety limb, usually with a slightly scalloped edge; borne singly from the leaf axils. A floriferous annual herb with viscid flowers, stems and leaves.

Photo Courtesy: Greek Mom heather

Cheerful Vital Enthusiasm
Very precious if it persists in spite of difficulties.

Petunia Xhybrida
Petunia
Medium to large scented double pinkish mauve salverform flowers with a narrow hairy tube and a broad soft often velvety limb, usually with a slightly scalloped edge; borne singly from the leaf axils. A floriferous annual herb with viscid flowers, stems and leaves.


Photo Courtesy: Cyto_Steph

Enthusiasm in the Most Material Vital
Needed to face the difficulties of life successfully.

Petunia Xhybrida
Petunia
Medium to large scented single velvety rich deep purple salverform flowers with a narrow hairy tube and a broad soft often velvety limb, usually with a slightly scalloped edge; borne singly from the leaf axils. A floriferous annual herb with viscid flowers, stems and leaves.

Photo Courtesy: Forest & Kim Starr

Cheerful Enthusiasm in the Most Material Vital
The most material vital will find its joy in enthusiastic action when it is governed by the Supermind.

Petunia Xhybrida
Petunia
Medium to large scented double velvety rich deep purple salverform flowers with a narrow hairy tube and a broad soft often velvety limb, usually with a slightly scalloped edge; borne singly from the leaf axils. A floriferous annual herb with viscid flowers, stems and leaves.

Photo Courtesy: JamesCanby

First Turning of the Vital towards the Divine
The vital prepares itself to be transformed.

Rudbeckia hirta 'Gloriosa Daisy'
Black-eyed Susan, Marguerite jaune
Medium to large single compositae flower with elongated yellow ray florets that are often banded or suffused with brown or maroon near the base and a dome-shaped centre composed of green or brown disc florets; borne singly. A hairy perennial herb.

Photo Courtesy: Variationen

Formative Faculty in the Vital
Spontaneous but not always happy, it needs to be disciplined.

Crotalaria
Rattlebox
Small light purple papilionaceous flower; borne in terminal racemes. A shrub with trifoliate leaves and grooved, striated stems, commonly cultivated for its fibre.

Photo Courtesy: Scott.Zona

Generosity in the Vital
Gives itself unstintingly.

Impatiens balsamina
Garden balsam, Rose balsam
Small to medium-sized single rose purple flowers with irregular wavy petals and a long thin spur; borne singly in the leaf axils on very thin stalks. A bushy garden annual with succulent stems and serrate leaves.

Photo Courtesy: J.M.Garg

Perfect generosity in the vital

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Impatiens balsamina
Garden balsam, Rose balsam
Small to medium-sized double rose purple flowers with irregular wavy petals and a long thin spur; borne singly in the leaf axils on very thin stalks. A bushy garden annual with succulent stems and serrate leaves.

Photo Courtesy: Naveen Roy

Harmony in the Material Vital
No disputes, no quarrels-the sweetness of a life without clashes.

Antigonon leptopus
Coral vine, Confederate vine, Mexican creeper, Chain of love
Tiny delicate lantern-shaped deep pink flowers in small racemes forming long trailing sprays. A dense fast growing vine with heavily veined lanceolate or ovate-cordate leaves.

Photo Courtesy: I likE Plants

Harmony in the Vital
To harmonise the vital is a psychological masterpiece; happy is the one who accomplishes it.

Antigogon
Coral vine, Confederate vine, Mexican creeper, Chain of love
Tiny delicate lantern-shaped bright pink flowers in small racemes forming long trailing sprays. A dense fast growing vine with heavily veined lanceolate or ovate-cordate leaves.

Picture Courtesy: Bouba

Renunciation of Vital Desires

It has understood the futility of desires.

Angelonia salicariifolia
Small fragrant purple bilabiate flowers with two upper and three lower recurved rounded lobes; borne in terminal racemes. A perennial herb with viscid aromatic leaves.

Photo courtesy: tanaka_juuyoh

Integral Renunciation of Vital desires

An indispensable condition for true progress.

Angelonia salicariifolia
Small fragrant white bilabiate flowers with two upper and three lower recurved rounded lobes; borne in terminal racemes. A perennial herb with viscid aromatic leaves.

Photo Courtesy: Tau' olunga

Intimacy with the Divine in the Vital
Only a pure calm and desire less vital can hope to enter this marvelous state.

Lagerstroemia indica
Crape myrtle, Crepe flower
Medium-sized mildly fragrant light purple flower, with delicate deeply crinkled petals and a conspicuous central tuft of yellow anthers; borne in dense terminal panicles. A floriferous shrub or small tree.

Photo Courtesy: Ladybugbkt

Krishna’s Light in the Vital
The light that turns the vital towards the Truth.

Ruellia tuberosa
Meadow-weed, Menow weed
Small pale purple salverform flower with a flattened corolla tube, a purple throat and a limb divided into five somewhat crinkled lobes; borne in few-flowered axillary cymes or terminal panicles. A perennial herb with lanceolate leaves.

Photo Courtesy: J.M.Garg

Krishna’s Play in the Vital
In His midst it has all its charm.

Eichhornia crassipes
Water hyacinth. Water orchid
Medium-sized light lavender six-petalled flower with one upper petal that has a yellow spot surrounded by blue and rose lavender and resembles a peacock feather; borne on a dense erect spike. A prolific aquatic herb with inflated leaf-bases and feathery roots.


Liberation in the Vital
Another result of conversion

Berrya cordifolia [Berrya ammonilla]
Small greenish brown papery six-winged seeds borne in large erect racemes above the leaves. A medium to large tree with tiny white flowers.

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Life Energy in the Vital
Supple and resistant, it is tireless.

Dendranthema Xgrandiflorum [Chrysanthemum Xmorifolium]
Florists' chrysanthemum
Medium to large double compositae light mauve flowers in a variety of forms with variously shaped ray florets; borne singly or in loose corymbs. A bushy perennial with aromatic leaves and flowers.

Photo Courtesy: KENPEI