JOY

A hidden Bliss is at the root of things.
A mute Delight regards Time’s countless works:
To house God’s joy in things Space gave wide room,
To house God’s joy in self our souls were born.
This universe an old enchantment guards;
Its objects are carved cups of World-Delight
Whose charmed wine is some deep soul’s rapture-drink:
The All-Wonderful has packed heaven with his dreams,
He has made blank ancient Space his marvel-house;
He spilled his spirit into Matter’s signs:
His fires of grandeur burn in the great sun,
He glides through heaven shimmering in the moon;
He is beauty carolling in the fields of sound;
He chants the stanzas of the odes of Wind;
He is silence watching in the stars at night;
He wakes at dawn and calls from every bough,
Lies stunned in the stone and dreams in flower and tree.
Even in this labour and dolour of Ignorance,
On the hard perilous ground of difficult earth,
In spite of death and evil circumstance
A will to live persists, a joy to be.
There is a joy in all that meets the sense,
A joy in all experience of the soul,
A joy in evil and a joy in good,
A joy in virtue and a joy in sin:
Indifferent to the threat of Karmic law,
Joy dares to grow upon forbidden soil,
Its sap runs through the plant and flowers of Pain:
It thrills with the drama of fate and tragic doom,
It tears its food from sorrow and ecstasy,
On danger and difficulty whets its strength;
It wallows with the reptile and the worm
And lifts its head, an equal of the stars;
It shares the faeries’ dance, dines with the gnome:
It basks in the light and heat of many suns,
The sun of Beauty and the sun of Power
Flatter and foster it with golden beams;
It grows towards the Titan and the God.
SRI AUROBINDO

Joy in Fairyland
Light smiling, effortless, it invites us to share its joy.

Kleinhovia hospita
Small delicate fragrant pale pink flower with five narrow pointed petals and a central stamenal column with a yellow spot; borne in airy terminal cymes. A medium to large tree with small inflated pear-shaped fruits.

Photo Courtesy: Dinesh Valke

Joy of Beauty

Beauty is the joyous offering of Nature.

Ipomoea Nil 'Scarlet O'Hara'
Morning glory
Large striking bright magenta funnelform flower; borne singly or in small clusters. An annual climber.

Photo Courtesy: Toptropicals

Joy of Integral Peace
Calm and tranquil, an unfailing smile.

Crinum
Crinum lily, Spider lily
Large fragrant white lily like flower with a long narrow green tube and six widely separated slightly recurved petal-like lobes, each with a light pink band down the centre; borne in umbels on long sturdy scapes. A large bulb with straplike leaves.

Photo Courtesy: Tillandsiausneoide

Joy of Spirituality
The reward of sincere efforts.

Sansevieria
Bowstring hemp, Snake plant, Mother-in-law's tongue
white to dusty white scented tubular flowers with a narrow corolla tube, six narrow recurved lobes and six erect exserted stamens; borne in small clusters sparsely arranged along the erect stalks. A perennial herb with flat swordlike leaves strikingly mottled with contrasting shades of green.
Photo Courtesy: Alreza

Joy of Union with the Divine
Abundantly scented, it fills the heart with joy.

Ocimum basilicum
Common basil, Sweet basil
Tiny white bilabiate flowers with a green calyx, stem and leaves; the leaves are especially prized for culinary use. A shrubby annual or perennial culinary herb with aromatic leaves.
Photo Courtesy: Forest & Kim Starr

Joy of Vegetal Nature in Answer to the New Light
It dances with joy and laughs happily.

Callistemon
Bottlebrush
All species with long showy bright red exserted stamens and tiny inconspicuous greenish white petals set among linear lanceolate leaves; borne in spikes resembling a bottlebrush. A shrub or small tree with aromatic leaves.



Joy of Victory
It resembles victory without having its power.

Anemopaegma chamberlaynii
Yellow trumpet vine
Large bright golden yellow trumpet-shaped salverform flower with a flattened corolla tube and the limb divided into five rounded lobes; mildly fragrant and borne in axillary racemes. A vigorous climber with stiff glabrous leaves.


Joy’s call
It is modest and rarely makes itself heard.

Campanula medium
Canterbury bells, Cup and saucer
Medium-sized blue campanulate flowers in open racemes. A hairy biennial herb with rosette leaves.

Photo Courtesy: Allison J

Joyful Expression
It enjoys itself and gives enjoyment to others.

Celosia argentea (Plumosa Group)
Feathered amaranth
Long erect branching spikes of tiny golden orange loosely arranged everlasting flowers that form soft feathery plumes. A showy floriferous garden annual.

Photo Courtesy: Yuan2003

Joyful Endurance
Whatever happens, it keeps on smiling.

Zinnia elegans
Common zinnia, Youth-and-old-age
Large, usually double compositae bright coral pink flowers with firm spatulate ray florets; borne singly on sturdy stems. A long- blooming garden annual.

Photo Courtesy: Flatbush Gardener

Spontaneous Joy of Nature
It is man who has made Nature sorrowful.

Papaver rhoeas
Corn poppy, Field poppy, Flanders poppy, Shirley poppy
Medium-sized showy cup-shaped usually single flower with four wide delicately crinkled satiny petals and a central tuft of numerous stamens; in shades of red, purple, pink, orange and occasionally white; borne singly on long stems. A small erect branching annual herb.
Photo Courtesy: Only_point_five

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.

Photo Courtesy: Univerzity Karlovy v Praze

Joy of Integral Faithfulness
That bond of love which makes all faithfulness so easy.

Portlandia grandiflora
Large fragrant waxy white flower finely edged with pink; trumpet-shaped flower with a limb divided into seven pointed lobes; borne singly. A glossy-leaved evergreen shrub.

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