Significance of flowers
Flowers held a special significance for the Mother as she thought it lent a touch of eternity, joy and beauty that lay beyond the sorrows and cares of the human world. As she aptly stated, aside from the colour, fragrance, beauty of form and texture of a flower, there is more to it which includes an aspiration, an emanation, an aspect, a psychic giving, wordless prayers of Nature and a progress in the evolution of the Earth.
A combination of all of these qualities constitute the spiritual significance of a flower. She states, a conscious and intimate relationship with flowers can give an experience of communion with the Divine and awakens the true consciousness in us.
The Mother during her stay at the Sri Aurobindo Ashram has given spiritual names to almost 900 flowers to reveal their deepest aspiration.
How it started
Tara Jauhar developed a loving interest in flowers through her interactions with the Mother. Mother ensured that the spiritual significance of each flower was remembered by her key disciples including Tara through a game called The Game of Flowers.
The game was played with two sets of cards. One set consisted of the picture of the flower along with its spiritual significance, while the other set of cards were smaller and had only the spiritual name of the flowers. The smaller cards were put face down in a heap in the centre and the former were distributed equally among the players. The players would take turns and pick a card from the centre and if they had the corresponding picture card, they would keep it face down in the centre. The winner would be the first one to have finished placing all of their cards in the centre.