MATTER

Certainly, peace, purity and silence can be felt in all material things - for the Divine Self is there in all.
SRI AUROBINDO

Attachment of the Material Vital to the Divine
An attachment that insists on feeling the power of contact.

Eranthemum laxiflorum
Small reddish violet salverform flower with a thin tube that expands into five somewhat irregular and pointed lobes; borne in one- to three- flowered clusters from the leaf axils. A small prolific flowering shrub.

Photo Courtesy: Dinesh Valke

Beginning of Realisation in Matter
Matter responds to the Divine influence.

Erythrina variegata
Coral tree
Dense striking terminal racemes of medium-sized orange red to dark red flowers with one prominent curving partly folded petal and long exserted stamens. A large thorny deciduous tree.

Photo Courtesy: Tau Ľolunga

The Psychic Governs Matter

The psychic influence compels the physical to turn towards the Divine.

Erythrina variegata Alba
Coral tree
Dense terminal racemes of medium-sized white flowers veined pink with one prominent curving partly folded petal and long exserted stamens. A tall narrow tree with greenish bark and narrow vertical yellow stripes.

Photo Courtesy: Forest & Kim Starr

Matter Prepares Itself to Receive the Supramental

Matter strives to free itself from old habits in order to prepare for the new realisation.

Erythrina variegata
Coral tree
Medium-sized bright orange flowers with long exserted orange red stamens; the leaves are heavily variegated with yellow along the veins and midrib. A large deciduous tree.


Photo Courtesy: Toptropicals

Blessings on the Material World
Puissant and innumerable, they answer all needs.

Scabiosa atropurpurea
Mournful widow, Sweet scabius, Pincushion flower, Egyptian rose
Small rounded heads composed of tiny mildly fragrant deep purple flowers with numerous white stamens resembling a pincushion, the outer row with larger rounded lobes; borne singly on long stems. An erect annual with somewhat leathery leaves.

Photo Courtesy: Ellievanhoutte

Broadening of the Most Material Vital
The limitations of the ego begin to be shaken.

Sinningia speciosa
Florists' gloxinia, Gloxinia, Brazilian gloxinia, Violet slipper gloxinia
Showy medium-sized single velvety purple bell-shaped flowers with a spreading limb divided into five to twelve lobes with ruffled edges; borne singly or in small clusters on long stems. A low tuberous perennial herb with broad pubescent leaves.

Photo Courtesy: Cbcastro

Constant Progress in Matter
The result of an ardent aspiration.

Catharanthus roseus
Madagascar periwinkle, Old maid, Cayenne jasmine, Rose periwinkle
Small to medium-sized salverform flowers with a narrow green corolla tube and limb divided into five separated spatulate lobes; light pink with red centre; borne singly in the leaf axils. A long-blooming perennial herb.

Photo Courtesy: Bill and Mavis

Integral Progress in Matter

Matter awakens to consciousness.

Catharanthus roseus
Madagascar periwinkle, Old maid, Cayenne jasmine, Rose periwinkle
Small to medium-sized salverform flowers with a narrow green corolla tube and limb divided into five separated spatulate lobes; white with red centre; borne singly in the leaf axils. A long-blooming perennial herb.

Photo Courtesy: Helios Jinn

First Appearance of the Psychic in Matter
A messenger of beauty.

Jatropha multifida
Coral plant, Physic nut
Tiny red or deep pink flowers with five separated rounded petals and a reddish pink stalk; borne in compound cymes. A medium to large shrub with large palmate leaves having eight to twelve deep lobes.

Photo Courtesy: Atamari

First Mental Awakening in Matter
It has preceded and prepared man's future upon earth.

Tribulus terrestris
Caltrop, Devil's weed, Puncture vine, Burnut
Small yellow saucer-shaped rotate wayside flower with five spreading overlapping petals; borne singly from the leaf axils. A mostly prostrate annual or perennial herb bearing hard nutlets with sharp spines.

Photo Courtesy: Manuel M. Ramos

First Sign of Krishna’s Light in Matter
It is the indication of the coming transformation.

Evolvus alsinoides
Tiny sky blue saucer-shaped flower with a white centre and anthers; borne singly or in few-flowered clusters. A prostrate spreading perennial countryside herb.

Photo Courtesy: aspidoscelis

Harmony in the Material Vital
No disputes, no quarrels-the sweetness of a life without clashes.

Antigonon leptopus
Coral vine, Confederate vine, Mexican creeper, Chain of love
Tiny delicate lantern-shaped deep pink flowers in small racemes forming long trailing sprays. A dense fast growing vine with heavily veined lanceolate or ovate-cordate leaves.

Photo Courtesy: I likE Plants

Enthusiasm in the Most Material Vital
Needed to face the difficulties of life successfully.

Petunia Xhybrida
Petunia
Medium to large scented single velvety rich deep purple salverform flowers with a narrow hairy tube and a broad soft often velvety limb, usually with a slightly scalloped edge; borne singly from the leaf axils. A floriferous annual herb with viscid flowers, stems and leaves.

Photo Courtesy: Forest & Kim Starr

Cheerful Enthusiasm in the Most Material Vital
The most material vital will find its joy in enthusiastic action when it is governed by the Supermind.

Petunia Xhybrida
Petunia
Medium to large scented double velvety rich deep purple salverform flowers with a narrow hairy tube and a broad soft often velvety limb, usually with a slightly scalloped edge; borne singly from the leaf axils. A floriferous annual herb with viscid flowers, stems and leaves.

Photo Courtesy: JamesCanby

Krishna’s Play in Matter
Beauty, love and joy are His companions. A play that widens and makes us progress.

Torenia fournieri
Wishbone flower, Bluewings
Small salverform flowers with a flattened corolla tube and a limb irregularly divided into one larger crimped upper lobe and three smaller lower lobes; hybrid form in pale lavender edged with deep velvety purple and an yellow spot in the centre of the lower lobe; the prominent calyx is light green and ribbed; borne singly in the leaf axils or in few-flowered terminal racemes. A low delicate annual herb.

Photo Courtesy: Nipplerings72

Material Abundance
Nature always shows us what true abundance is-one is overwhelmed!

Gossypium
Cotton
Medium-sized yellow or cream white somewhat cup-shaped flower with five sheer overlapping petals, occasionally with a purple red spot at the base; set in conspicuous green fringed bracts on short stems in the leaf axils. An annual or perennial herb or shrub.


Photo Courtesy: Peppergrass
Success in the Most Material Vital
Has value only when it is offered to the Divine.

Gossypium arboreum
Tree cotton
Medium-sized dark red cup-shaped flower with twisted tightly overlapping satiny petals set in three large dull green bracts tinged with red; borne singly in the leaf axils. A medium to large shrub with deeply lobed leaves and ripe seed capsules that open into conspicuous rounded white cotton balls.

Photo Courtesy: Tony from Sydney

Material Continuity
Powerful, enduring, solid.

Acalypha wilkesiana
Jacob’s coat, Fire dragon
Long thin hard erect dull red catkins. A shrub having large russet leaves with pink patches.

Photo Courtesy: Forest & Kim Starr

Material Organisation
Manifold and well-arranged in order to face difficulties.

Pseuderanthemum
Small white salverform flowers speckled with purplish red dots and a purplish red centre; with five rounded lobes, the upper two often (but not always)overlapped to appear almost as one lobe; borne in erect spikes. A small shrub with leaves often variegated or strongly coloured in maroon to dark purple.

Photo Courtesy: Dinesh Valke

Material Power to Heal
Demands a great sincerity in one’s goodwill.

Calandrinia grandiflora
Rock purslane
Small bright pink flower with a centre of numerous tiny yellow anthers; borne in loose racemes but usually opens singly. A low fleshy perennial herb with three-sided stems and edible leaves.

Photo Courtesy: Stan Shebs

Matter Aspiring for the Supramental Guidance
Dissatisfied and troubled. Matter asks for a powerful guide to put it in order.

Odontonema strictum
Small red curving tubular flower with five irregularly separated flaring lobes; borne in erect branching racemes. A small to medium shrub with wavy-edged leaves.


Photo Courtesy: Forest & Kim Starr

Matter under the Supramental Guidance

The condition required for its transformation.

Hamelia patens
Scarlet bush, Firebush
Small orange narrow tubular candlelike flower borne in terminal cymes. A shrub or small tree with oblong lanceolate leaves in whorls.

Photo Courtesy: Dinesh Valke

Matter Consenting to Be Spiritualised
The beginning of wisdom.

Salvia splendens
Scarlet sage
Small bright red softly pubescent narrow tubular flower with the tube divided into four irregular shallow lobes, emerging from a conspicuous crinkled bright red pubescent calyx; borne in large very dense three-sided terminal racemes with bright red pubescent stems. A long-blooming perennial.

Photo Courtesy: Dinesh Valke

Mind of Light Acting in Matter
A powerful aid to progress.

Castanospermum australe
Moreton bay chestnut, Australian chestnut, Black bean
Small golden yellow to orange or reddish orange papilionaceous flower with long exserted stamens; borne on short lateral racemes on old wood. A medium-sized evergreen tree with dark green foliage.

Photo Courtesy: Jen64

Offering of the Material Vital
Indispensable for conversion.

Alcea rosea
Hollyhock
Medium to large single or double funnel-shaped reddish violet flowers with satiny overlapping lobes and a short staminal column covered with loose yellow pollen; borne on tall spirelike stems. A tall biennial herb with rough hairy leaves.

Photo Courtesy: Gertrud K

Offering of the Most Material Vital

The first step towards transformation.

Alcea rosea
Hollyhock
Medium to large single or double funnel-shaped very dark red flowers with a blackish sheen; with satiny overlapping lobes and a short staminal column covered with loose yellow pollen; borne on tall spirelike stems. A tall biennial herb with rough hairy leaves.

Photo Courtesy: La fattina

Opening of the Material Vital to the Light
One of the essential conditions for peace.

Thunbergia erecta
King's mantle
Medium-sized deep violet salverform flowers with a bright yellow throat, a curved corolla tube and a limb divided into five rounded lobes. An erect or sometimes scandent shrub.

Photo Courtesy: Tim Waters

Life energy in the material

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Dendranthema Xgrandiflorum [Chrysanthemum Xmorifolium]
Florists' chrysanthemum
Medium to large double compositae golden red flowers in a variety of forms with variously shaped ray florets; borne singly or in loose corymbs. A bushy perennial with aromatic leaves and flowers.

Photo Courtesy: Jespis

Organised Material Energy
Clustered, compact and methodical, it is powerful through its organisation.

Schefflera actinophylla [Brassaia actinophylla]
Australian ivy-palm, Octopus tree, Queensland umbrella tree
Tiny round dull red flowers in tight ball-like clusters studding long stalks which rise like a fountain spray above the leaves. An evergreen tree with glossy leaves.

Picture Courtesy: mauroguanandi

Promise of Realisation in Matter
The best encouragement for doing what is necessary.

Tropaeolum majus
Nasturtium, Indian cress
Medium-sized mildly fragrant dark red to maroon flowers with two upper and three lower contrasting petals and a prominent spur; borne singly on long stems. A somewhat succulent annual herb with orbicular peltate edible leaves.

Photo Courtesy: GuppyStrom

Psychic Awakening in Matter
Matter opens itself to the spiritual life.

Dodonaea viscosa
Hopseed bush
Small green papery three-winged seed-capsules tinged with light maroon, turning brown when ripe; borne in clusters among the leaves. A medium-sized shrub or slender tree with ovate- lanceolate leaves.

Photo Courtesy: Bill Swindaman

Psychic Light in the Material Movements
Essential condition for transformation.

Pentas lanceolata
Star-cluster, Egyptian star-cluster
Small bright red salverform five-pointed star-shaped limb; airy thin corolla tube; borne in terminal clusters. An almost ever blooming subshrub pubescent ovate to lanceolate leaves.

Photo Courtesy: Nipplerings72

Psychological Perfection in Matter
The first step towards transformation.

Plumeria rubra
Frangipani, Temple tree, Nosegay, West Indian jasmine, Pagoda tree
Medium-sized fragrant predominantly white flower edged with rose pink, with a rose pink band on the back of each petal and a tiny deep yellow centre. A small tree with broad stiff obovate leaves.

Picture Courtesy: Atamari

Skill in Material Work
Skillful hands, precise care, a sustained attention and one compels matter to obey the spirit.

Phlox drummondii
Annual phlox, Drummond phlox
Small brigt red salverform flowers with a narrow tube and a flattened limb divided into five broad slightly overlapping lobes; borne in dense terminal clusters. A long-flowering garden annual.

Photo Courtesy: Jmtimages

Solid Steadfastness in the Material Consciousness
The material consciousness has a firm and solid steadfastness.

Bombax ceiba
Red silk-cotton tree, Simul
Large deep red flower with five fleshy recurved petals and prominent stamens in two central whorls; borne singly. A very large spiny deciduous tree with palmate leaves.

Picture Courtesy: Nomad@silent

Splendour and Opulence in the Material Life
Can become widespread only through transformation.

Quassia amara
Bitterwood, Surinam quassia
Medium-sized glowing scarlet tubular flower with yellow anthers that protrude beyond the petals; borne in racemes. A shrub or small tree with uniquely shaped leaves; new leaves are glossy copper red.

Photo Courtesy: Joel Abroad

True Action in the Material Vital
Graceful and simple in its spontaneity.

Combretum coccineum
Large dense branching brushlike clusters of small bright crimson five-petalled flowers with exserted stamens. A vine or twining shrub of moderate growth with bronze-coloured new leaves.

Copyright © Prasad Vallabhajosyula; Photo Courtesy: Trek Nature

Vital Joy in matter
The reward for abolishing selfishness.

Nierembergia hippomanica
Cupflower
Small blue violet cup-shaped flower with a very short corolla tube and the limb divided into five broad overlapping lobes; borne singly. A lovely small floriferous perennial herb.


Wealth in the Most material Vital

Can be stable only after conversion.

Nymphaea
Water lily
Large showy usually very fragrant deep rose red flowers with numerous narrow pointed or rounded petals, many prominent erect stamens and four petal- like sepals; borne singly on long stems, either floating or held above the water. An aquatic rhizomatous herb with large floating peltate leaves.

Photo Courtesy: Krista76

Material Enterprises
Many projects, many attempts, many constructions.

Ceiba pentandra
Kapok, White silk-cotton tree
Medium-sized cream white flower with five velvety recurving petals set in cup-shaped calyces; borne singly or in small clusters. A very large tree with a spiny trunk and prominent buttresses; the tree bears large pods containing the silk-cotton.


Photo Courtesy: Dinesh Valke


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