The Twelve Powers: Flower Bookmarks

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The Twelve Powers: Flower Bookmarks

Though the Mother did not say it explicitly these gardens as a whole seem to represent what the Mother calls “the twelve Powers of the Mother manifested for her work”.

The Mother

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About The Twelve Powers

There are twelve gardens surrounding the structure, converging around it in the huge petal crown from which the Matrimandir arises. In 1969, when discussing the gardens, the Mother indicated that they would have to be of such quality and beauty that people visiting them would experience, physically and concretely, the significance of each garden: “One must know how to move from consciousness to consciousness.”

Though the Mother did not say it explicitly these gardens as a whole seem to represent what the Mother calls “the twelve Powers of the Mother manifested for her work”. Sri Aurobindo explained that these “twelve powers are the vibrations that are necessary for the complete manifestation”. It is probably because “the manifestation” is not yet “complete” and all these powers and vibrations haven’t “manifested” fully as yet that the Mother said that these twelve gardens must “be an expression of that consciousness which we are trying to bring down”.

The sequence in which these names are listed is important because, in Sanskrit, the first three names are Sat-Chit-Ananda, which is the essence of the Divine. Perfection being the ultimate aim of evolution comes last in the list. The gardens rotate counter-clockwise and the first and last gardens are on either side of the East radial pathway.

It was probably towards the end of 1971 or early 1972 that the Mother selected the central flower of each garden in the presence of Richard, an inmate of Sri Aurobindo Ashram, who had brought these and many other flowers to her. She selected a hibiscus for each of the gardens except Wealth and Perfection. The Mother had given spiritual names to some nine hundred flowers and had named “Power” most hibiscus. Some other flowers expressing the vibration of each particular garden will also find a place in it.

 

1. Existence — Psychic Power in Existence
2. Consciousness — Supramental Consciousness
3. Bliss — Ananda
4. Light — Light of the Purified Power
5. Life — Power of the Consciousness
6. Power — Aesthetic Power
7. Wealth — Wealth
8. Utility — Usefulness of the New Creation
9. Progress — Power to Progress
10. Youth — Beauty of Supramental Youth
11. Harmony — Power of Harmony
12. Perfection — Psychological Perfection

For the Garden of Wealth, Richard reminded the Mother that “Wealth” was the name she had given to water lilies and “Riches” to cacti; she concluded: “These flowers will do”. Hence in the Garden of Wealth, there will be mainly ponds with water lilies of different colours and a rock garden with all sorts of cacti.

 

Data sheet

  • Bookmarks - Flower bookmark
  • Dimensions - 5x18cms
  • Print - Offset Print on Mat Paper 170gsm
  • Publisher - Wisdom-Splendour, Auroville Universal City
  • Year - 2014
  • Language - English

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