Guiding Light of The Month

OH, let Light be poured on all the earth and Peace inhabit every heart. . . Almost all know only the material life heavy, inert, conservative, obscure; their vital forces are so tied to this physical form of existence that, even when left to themselves and outside the body, they are still solely occupied with these material contingencies that are yet so harassing and painful. . . - The Mother

The Mother and Flowers

The Mother loved flowers.
Once I wrote to her that the fragrance of the flowers given by her was extraordinary. She answered:
“Flowers are very receptive and they are happy when they are loved”.
As an instance of the receptivity of flowers she told me that she had seen a faded flower reviving when Sri Aurobindo held it in his hand for some time. She has also spoken of fresh flowers getting faded in the hands of persons with a closed psychic.

Mother observed flowers in great detail.
One day I wrote to her: “Day before yesterday, as I was arranging my vase for you, I said to a flower. ‘Oh, you are going to Mother” and it really smiled. The same thing happened again yesterday and today.”

She replied. “That is very interesting indeed. Was it a rose or a hibiscus?”

I informed her that it was a hibiscus and she wrote: “Yes, this flower is very conscious, I have had many proofs of that”

There was a time when I offered flowers to Mother in the afternoon. In order to preserve their freshness I kept them in the refrigerator in the morning, the hibiscus which Mother has named Grace is white in the morning and turns pink in the afternoon. Having noticed for some days that it remained white in the fridge, I informed that the Grace flower if kept in the cold does not turn pink. She remarked that it has to be kept not only in the cold, but also in the shade.

On one occasion, in pursuance of an inner feeling, I fitted the pink rose ‘surrender’ into the top opening of the champa flower ‘psychological perfection; so as to look like one whole and offered it to Mother. She looked at it for a while and with a smile of understanding, said amusingly, “I thought there was some new flower!”

(“From the Editor’s Desk” by Shyam Sunder Jhunjhunwala, Sri Aurobindo’s Action, Puducherry)

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