BE LIKE A FLOWER
by The Mother
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
Happy is he who can exchange his qualities with the real qualities of
the flowers. Try to cultivate in yourself their refined qualities.
in "Flowers - Their spiritual significance"
published by Sri
Aurobindo Society - Pondicherry 1988 (3rd Impression 1996)
Edited by Vijay
You can find photos
of flowers with the signification Mother gave to them on a Russian