“Be like a flower; you must try to become like a flower: open; frank; equal; generous; and kind.
"A flower is open
to all that surrounds it: nature, light, the rays of the sun, the wind. It exerts a specific influence on all those around it. It radiates a joy and a beauty.
"A flower is frank.
It hides nothing of its beauty and lets it flow frankly out of itself. What is within, what it has deep within, it lets come out so that everyone can see it.
"A flower is equal.
It has no preference. Everyone can enjoy its beauty and its perfume without rivalry. It is equal and the same before everybody. There is no difference for anything whatsoever.
"A flower is generous,
without reserve or restriction, how it gives the mysterious beauty and the very 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.
A flower is 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 for the real qualities of a flower. Try to cultivate in yourself their refined qualities.
"When I give flowers, it is an answer to the aspiration coming from the very depth of your being. It is an aspiration or need; it depends upon the person. It may fill a void, or else give you the impetus to progress, or it may help you find the inner harmony to establish peace. I give you flowers so that you may develop the divine qualities they symbolize. And they can directly transmit into your soul all that they contain, pure, unalloyed. They possess a very subtle and very deep power and influence. Now it seems to me that you wish to become like a flower, or to cultivate these qualities.
And, you know, each flower symbolizes an aspect, an emanation, an aspiration and a progress in the evolution of the earth."
In deepest gratitude to the Mother of Sri Aurobindo Ashram for the wisdom of her teachings. (All text is a direct quote.)
With thanks to Purna Yoga teacher extraordinaire Leslie Waugh for the beautiful images.