Research, Essays, Commentaries – Inspired by the Social-Cultural-Political Thought of Sri Aurobindo (PLUS a bit of photography too!)

Flowers in the Sun

Makar Sankranti, a day to celebrate, worship and invoke Surya Bhagwān, the Sun God. Uttarayana, the start of new, good, healthy, auspicious and bright beginnings. And what better way to celebrate this special day than to share with our readers some recent sunny captures of the flowery cheer from our little garden in the Sun!

“Flowers are the moment’s representations of things that are in themselves eternal.”

(Sri Aurobindo)



Spiritual Significance: Fire; Fears no obstacle
(Paradise flower, Peacock flower)

“Q: Do flowers love?”

“A: This is their form of love, this blossoming. Certainly, when one sees a rose opening to the sun, it is like a need to give its beauty. Only, for us, it is almost unintelligible, for they do not think about what they do. A human being always associates with everything he does this ability to see himself doing it, that is, to think about himself, think of himself doing it. Man knows that he is doing something. Animals don’t think. It is not at all the same form of love. And flowers, so to speak, are not conscious: it is a spontaneous movement, not a consciousness that is conscious of itself, not at all. But it is a great Force which acts through all that, the great universal Consciousness and the great Force of universal love which makes all things blossom in beauty.”

(The Mother)


Spiritual significance: Victory: will triumph over all obstacles
(Common allamanda, Golden trumpet)


Spiritual Significance: Victory in the Vital; In the vital even a little victory has great consequences.
(Purple allamanda)


“In the pattern and bloom of the flowers He is woven,”

(Sri Aurobindo, from the Poem titled ‘Who’)


Spiritual Significance: First Response of the Subconscient to the Supramental Action; The open door to realisation.
(Gout plant, Tartogo, Australian bottle plant)

“Flowers indicate a blossoming in the consciousness, sometimes with special reference to the psychic or the psychicised vital, mental and physical consciousness.”

(Sri Aurobindo)



Spiritual Significance: Faithfulness; We can count on You; You never fail us when we need You.
(Rangoon creeper)

“The feeling of hanging from such a slender thread, the thread… not of faith, it’s not faith: it’s a certitude, but at the same time an aspiration, and it feels—it feels there is something so new, so young, in an absolutely rotten atmosphere of disbelief, stupidity, bad will. So that’s how it is, a slender thread, and it’s a miracle if…”

(The Mother)


Spiritual Significance: Mental Purity; A mirror that does not distort.
(Crape jasmine, Crape gardenia, Pinwheel flower)


Spiritual Significance: Purity; True purity has a lovely fragrance.
(Jasmine, Jessamine)

“Be like a flower. One must try to become like a flower: open, frank, equal, generous and kind. Do you know what it means?

A flower is open to all that surrounds it: Nature, light, the rays of the sun, the wind, etc. It exerts a spontaneous influence on all that is around it. It radiates a joy and a beauty.

It is frank: it hides nothing of its beauty, and lets it flow frankly out of itself. What is within, what is in its depths, it lets it come out so that everyone can see it.

It is equal: it has no preference. Everyone can enjoy its beauty and its perfume, without rivalry. It is equal and the same for everybody. There is no difference, or anything whatsoever.

Then generous: without reserve or restriction, how it gives the mysterious beauty and the very own perfume of Nature. It sacrifices itself entirely for our pleasure, even its life it sacrifices to express this beauty and the secret of the things gathered within itself.

And then, kind: it has such a tenderness, it is so sweet, so close to us, so loving. Its presence fills us with joy. It is always cheerful and happy.

Happy is he who can exchange his qualities with the real qualities of the flowers. Try to cultivate in yourself their refined qualities.”

(The Mother)

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7 comments on “Flowers in the Sun

  1. Alok Singhal
    January 14, 2018

    Wonderful, feels a perfect blend with the occasion!
    Happy Makar Sankranti.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Beloo Mehra
      January 15, 2018

      Best wishes to you and your family for Makar Sankranti, Alok. And am happy you enjoyed the pictures of the flowers 🙂 Their beauty and purity is always uplifting.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Obsessivemom
    January 15, 2018

    That’s a gorgeous photo feature. The flowers are all familiar but their names weren’t. Good to get to know them. Wishing you a happy and peaceful Makar Sankranti and hoping it heralds all things new and pure.


  3. Suzy
    January 16, 2018

    Such beautiful blooms. I love this quote on flowers – Are not flowers the stars of the earth, and are not our stars the flowers of heaven

    Liked by 1 person

    • Beloo Mehra
      January 17, 2018

      So glad you enjoyed the post, Suzy! And happy to see you here! Belated greetings for the new year! May life blossom like a flower.


  4. ADITI KAUSHIVA (@kaushiva)
    January 21, 2018

    Such beautiful flowers! And these are from your garden, what joy!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Beloo Mehra
      January 21, 2018

      Thank you, Aditi! Good to see you after a long time 🙂 Yes, these flowers are from my garden. Glad they could bring cheer to you!


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