The Mother's Fragrance
Flowers are Nature’s purest manifestation of the Divine. Since early times it was known in India that each flower embodies in its color, form, and fragrances a particular spiritual quality and that concentration or meditation on a flower can help one to realize the quality it represents.
It is possible for a man to discover for himself the consciousness of different flowers. The Mother of Sri Aurobindo Ashram had described the process and given names to over 800 varieties.
The white jasmine flower originally grown at the foot of the Himalayas is known for its quality of PURITY. The five petals of the champaca or frangipani flower represent five qualities necessary for PSYCHOLOGICAL PERFECTION sincerity, faith, aspiration, devotion, and surrender. Gardenia, which is closely related to jasmine. Only larger in size and fuller in fragrances, has the related significance of PERFECT RADIATING PURITY.
The beautifully scented Narcissus flower whose story was told by the Latin poet Ovid represents the POWER OF BEAUTY much like its namesake in the old legend. The striking blue Passion Flower bears the quality of SPIRITUAL SILENCE.
The tuberose which is valued for its sweet intoxicating perfume is the symbol of the NEW CREATION, the new world which is emerging based on peace and human unity. And of course, the rose, which has a variety of meanings, depending on color and size.
The red rose represents HUMAN PASSIONS TURNED INTO LOVE FOR THE DIVINE and the pink Edward or country rose emanates the spiritual quality of SURRENDER. Growing flowers, keeping them in the home, or meditating with them creates a purifying and inspiring atmosphere much like the burning of pure incense or the presence of a fine perfume. In fact, the fragrances of the flower are closely related to their significance.