Friday, October 03, 2008

Jasmine symbolises purity, gladiolus is associated receptivity

Tamil Nadu - Tiruchi Some interesting facts of Sri Aurobindo and Mother
Flowers, according to Mother, are messengers of spirituality
— Photo: M. Moorthy Spiritual fragrance: Visitors at the photo exhibition of Sri Aurobindo and Mother in Tiruchi on Thursday. TIRUCHI: Staff Reporter
The Hindu Friday, Oct 03, 2008

‘Mother Mirra, the prime disciple of Sri Aurobindo, designed the earlier logo of State Bank of India.’ ‘Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam calls the book ‘Life Divine’ by Sri Aurobindo as the moral support that kept him going when he worked on the launch of Agni.’ Interesting titbits of such kind are in good number at the photo exhibition of Sri Aurobindo and Mother at K. A. P. Viswanatham Higher Secondary School on Thursday.
Organised by Sri Aurobindo Society, Tiruchi branch, as a part of its fifth anniversary celebrations, the exhibition features rare photographs of the Bengal-born yogi.
Pictures on Sri Aurobindo’s childhood, his participation in political meetings and watershed conferences held during Independence struggle were pinned at the expo. Mother’s life in France, her spiritually significant days in Japan and life at the Puducherry Ashram are vividly portrayed through pictures. Also on display were books authored by them.

There was breathtaking display of flowers, which, according to Mother, are messengers of spirituality. Every flower, she has said, has a spiritual significance. Lotus, lilac, gerbera, lemon grass, henna shrub, bougainvillea and astounding varieties of roses were aesthetically categorised and displayed, each attached to a slip carrying its spiritual role. For instance, jasmine symbolises purity, gladiolus is associated receptivity, orchid for Divine attachment, petunia for enthusiasm, water lily denotes wealth and tulsi, spiritual enhancement.
Devotees were ushered into a picturesque meditation centre, which has an elaborate flower arrangement. Books, pictures and posters of Aurobindo and Mother were put on sale.

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