Understanding flowers

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IN MYRIAD HUES: A section of the exhibition at K.A.P. Viswanatham Higher Secondary School in Tiruchi
IN MYRIAD HUES: A section of the exhibition at K.A.P. Viswanatham Higher Secondary School in Tiruchi

Staff Reporter

Exhibition marks anniversary of Sri Aurobindo Society

TIRUCHI: The much-in-vogue aroma therapy, popular for its quick ways of relaxation, is all about treating the frayed mind and body with the enchanting fragrance of flowers. Flowers have spiritual significance too, be it the rare flowering variety of cacti or the commonly found flower of henna shrub.

The disciple of Sri Aurobindo in Puducherry, Mirra, fondly called as Mother by her devotees, has identified significant characters of about 800 flowers. And about 250 of them were on display at the K.A.P. Viswanatham Higher Secondary School on Tuesday, marking the fourth anniversary of Sri Aurobindo Society, Tiruchi Centre.

Spiritual awareness

“Flowers have been an integral part of everyone’s life. The Mother believed that flowers trigger spiritual awareness. And each flower has a unique quality in itself,” said secretary of the centre Tamizhvel.

Placards carrying the common names of flowers and their spiritual significance were displayed alongside the specimen of the flowers. Some of the commonly available flowers play an astounding role in spiritual growth. Bougainvillea, for instance, is perceived as a flower for protection, gladiolus for receptivity, hibiscus for power, jasmine for purity, ivy for lasting attachment, orchid for attachment to the Divine, petunia for enthusiasm, rose as the flower for love for the Divine, water lily for wealth and tulsi for spiritual enchantment.

The flowers were collected from Bangalore, Kodaikanal and Yercaud, Mr. Tamizhvel said.

Photo exhibition

A photo exhibition, displaying childhood pictures of the Mother and Sri Aurobindo, also drew the attraction of the devotees. The Mother, who insisted on physical exercise, was pictured playing tennis and games with school children. Sri Aurobindo was photographed in his divine moods during a spell in prison where he received spiritual awakening. There were photographs of Sri Aurobindo along with national leaders at a time when the freedom struggle reached its zenith.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) A. Kaliyamoorthy inaugurated the exhibition. Bharathidasan University Vice-Chancellor M. Ponnavaikko presided over a discussion on ‘A new dawn.’ Chairman of Sri Aurobindo Society, Anna Nagar Centre, Chennai, N.V. Balu delivered the special address.




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