POWER

Power means strength and force, Shakti, which enables one to face all that can happen and to stand and overcome, also to carry out what the Divine Will proposes. It can include many things, power over men, events, circumstances, means etc. But all this not of the mental or vital kind, but by an action through unity of consciousness with the Divine and with all things and all beings. It is not an individual-strength depending on certain personal capacities, but the Divine Power using the individual as an instrument.
SRI AUROBINDO

Force is the essential Shakti; Energy is the working drive of the Force, its active dynamism; Power is the capacity born of the Force; Strength is energy consolidated and stored in the Adhar.
SRI AUROBINDO

All the planes have their own power, beauty, some kind of perfection realised even among their imperfections; God is everywhere in some power of Himself though not everywhere in His full power, and even if His face does not appear, the rays and glories from it do fall upon things and beings through the veil and bring something of what we call perfect and absolute.
SRI AUROBINDO

Individual Power
Limited in its capacity and action.

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis ‘Viceroy’
Chinese hibiscus, Hawaiian hibiscus, Rose- of-China
Small single intense magenta flower.

Photo Courtesy: Marcel Burkhard

Enlightened Individual Power
Limited in its action, but of a very high capacity.

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis
Chinese hibiscus, Hawaiian hibiscus, Rose- of-China
Small single coral pink flower with deeper pink veins and an intense red centre; the backs of the petals are edged in cream.


Photo Courtesy: Char1iej

Power of the Psychic Consciousness
Psychic power organises the activities of the nature to make them progress.

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis
Chinese hibiscus, Hawaiian hibiscus, Rose- of-China
Medium to large double bright rose pink flower with ruffled petals and a deep red centre.

Photo Courtesy: Forest & Kim Starr

Psychic Power in Existence
Manifold, imperious, irresistible in its understanding sweetness.

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis
Chinese hibiscus, Hawaiian hibiscus, Rose- of-China
  1. Medium-sized single light pink flower that has slightly separated petals with wavy edges and a small deep red centre surrounded by a light red aura.
  2. Second form is a medium-sized single pink pendulous flower that has widely separated petals with deeply scalloped edges and a deep red centre; the leaves are three-lobed.
  3. A third form is a medium-sized single lilac pink flower with more deeply shaded veins and centre, and slightly separated petals having one edge striped with white on the reverse.

Photo Courtesy: Blue dolphin Stephania

Photo Courtesy: Foot Slogger

Photo Courtesy: Anna Lech

Mentalised Power

Power becomes utilisable.

Abelmoschus esculentus
Okra, gumbo, lady’s finger
Medium-sized bright lemon yellow rotate flower with five soft overlapping petals, a dark red centre and prominent dark red stigmas; borne singly. A common garden vegetable in warm climates.


Picture Courtesy:Banjos9090

Also
Hibiscus rosa-sinensis Viceroy
Chinese hibiscus, Hawaiian hibiscus, Rose- of-China
Small, medium or large single lemon yellow flowers with strikingly contrasting bright red or maroon centre.


Photo Courtesy: Jaide1202

Power in the Converted Mind
When the mind turns towards the Divine it becomes a powerful instrument.

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis Viceroy
Chinese hibiscus, Hawaiian hibiscus, Rose- of-China
Large single bright ochre yellow flower with crinkled petals.

Photo Courtesy: JIGGS IMAGES

Power in the Higher Vital
Power that wants to be at the service of the Divine.

Hibiscus syriacus
Rose of Sharon, Althaea, Shrub althaea
Medium-sized single funnel-shaped lavender flower changing to blue, with a magenta centre and white anthers.

Photo Courtesy: Van Swearingen

Sweetness of Power Surrendered to the Divine (Sweetness of Auroville)
Sweetness itself becomes powerful when it is at the service of the Divine.

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis
Chinese hibiscus, Hawaiian hibiscus, Rose- of-China
Large single light gold to apricot yellow flower with crinkled petals and a striking white to light pink pinwheel centre.

Photo Courtesy: Gaeti

Light of the Purified Power
Irresistibly simple in its power consecrated solely to the Divine.

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis 'Waimaea'
Chinese hibiscus, Hawaiian hibiscus, Rose-of-China
Medium to large mildly fragrant single flower with long slender milk white petals that are separated and recurved, and bright orange anthers.

Photo Courtesy: yumievriwa

Power of Integral Purity
The power of accepting only the Divine influence.

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis
Chinese hibiscus, Hawaiian hibiscus, Rose- of-China
  1. Small or large single white flower with long separated petals and a bright red or vermilion centre.
  2. Another form is also white with long separated petals but is medium-sized and has a bright red pinwheel centre.

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Photo Courtesy: Rutthenut
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Photo Courtesy: Athena1970

Power of Harmony
Simple, noble, dignified, powerful and charming.

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis
Chinese hibiscus, Hawaiian hibiscus, Rose- of-China
Medium to large single flowers with bright golden yellow or light yellow petals, either crinkled or smooth, and a centre that may be pink, light or deep red, or light orange.

Photo Courtesy: Nemo's great uncle

Aesthetic Power
Beauty is a great power.

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis
Chinese hibiscus, Hawaiian hibiscus, Rose- of-China
  1. Large single reddish pink flower with a dark red centre and smooth separated petals, each petal splashed with white on one lower edge.
  2. Another form is smaller.
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Photo Courtesy: Mamun2a

Dynamic Power
Indispensable for progress.

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis
Chinese hibiscus, Hawaiian hibiscus, Rose- of-China
Medium-sized single flowers in shades ranging from light to medium red, petals separate recurved with toothed edges.

Photo Courtesy: B.navez

Controlled Power
(No Comment)

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis
Chinese hibiscus, Hawaiian hibiscus, Rose- of-China
Medium-sized semi-double grey lavender with deeper shading on the outer petals and stigmas.

Photo Courtesy: Swami stream

Power of Action
The power resulting from true surrender to the Divine.

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis
Chinese hibiscus, Hawaiian hibiscus, Rose- of-China
Medium-sized single bright cardinal red flower with firm petals, with or without reddish-purple centre

Photo Courtesy: bdonald

Power of Consciousness
All the powers of controlling and governing the lower movements of inconscient nature.

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis
Chinese hibiscus, Hawaiian hibiscus, Rose- of-China
Double flowers in all sizes with colours that range from raspberry pink through red to crimson.

Photo Courtesy: Dinesh Valke

Power of Perseverance (Continued Perseverance and Action)
The perseverance that overcomes all obstacles.

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis
Chinese hibiscus, Hawaiian hibiscus, Rose- of-China
Large single orange to red orange flower often tinged rose at the edges of the smooth or slightly crinkled petals and a deep red centre

Photo Courtesy: Tk_yeoh

Power of Effort
(Effort of Auroville)

Efforts well-directed break down all obstacles.

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis
Chinese hibiscus, Hawaiian hibiscus, Rose- of-China
Large single grey lavender to deep lavender with delicate petals and a magenta purple centre.

Photo Courtesy: Swami Stream

Power of Progress
Power is the sign of the Divine influence in creation.

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis
Chinese hibiscus, Hawaiian hibiscus, Rose- of-China
  1. Large single pink to light red or reddish orange flowers with smooth petals that are often crimson pink at the edges and a white centre shading to lavender pink.
  2. Another form is pinkish orange with a white centre.
Photo Courtesy: Sriaurobindoashram.org

Power to Progress
Precious because of it is rare, it must be cultivated with care.

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis 'Sweetheart'
Chinese hibiscus, Hawaiian hibiscus, Rose- of-China
Small to medium-sized single cream white flower with a large prominent deep pink centre and veins which extend towards the edges of the petals, and orange stigma pads.

Photo Courtesy: knithink

Power of Success (Success of Auroville)
The power of those who know how to continue their effort.

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis
Chinese hibiscus, Hawaiian hibiscus, Rose- of-China
Large single cream white flower with crinkled petals and a deep rose pink or magenta pinwheel centre.

Photo Courtesy: Forest & Kim Starr

Power of Realisation
With realisation all obstacles will be overcome.

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis
Chinese hibiscus, Hawaiian hibiscus, Rose- of-China
  1. Large sturdy single bright orange red flower with firm crinkled petals.
  2. Another form is a medium to large single flower with slightly recurved reddish orange petals with yellow orange beginning at the edges and gradually spreading towards the centre as the flower ages, and a grey lavender centre shading to deep lavender pink.
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Photo Courtesy: Nemo's great uncle

Power of the Future
To be capable of working for the future.

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis 'Comet'
Chinese hibiscus, Hawaiian hibiscus, Rose-of-China
Large striking single deep red or deep magenta flower with a satiny sheen.

Photo Courtesy: Bitter girl

Power in Service of the Future
Without haste, but sure of its success.

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis
Chinese hibiscus, Hawaiian hibiscus, Rose-of-China
Very large single bright magenta flower with firm crinkled slightly recurved petals.

Photo not available.

Power of the Supramental Consciousness
Organising and active, irresistible in its influence.

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis 'Rukmini'
Chinese hibiscus, Hawaiian hibiscus, Rose- of-China
  1. Medium to large double flower in deep gold shading to apricot with a red or deep orange centre.
  2. Another form is a medium to large double golden orange flower suffused with deeper orange towards the centre, often with a deep red centre.
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Photo Courtesy: Forest & Kim Starr
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Photo Courtesy: Snr.coconut

Effective Power of the Supermind
All-powerful, it imposes itself on all in the certitude of its knowledge.

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis
Chinese hibiscus, Hawaiian hibiscus, Rose- of-China
Large single open cup-shaped flower with a large deep pink centre shading to light orange towards the outer edges of the petals.


Manifold Power of the New Creation (Manifold Power of Auroville)
The new creation will be rich in possibilities.

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis 'Splash'
Chinese hibiscus, Hawaiian hibiscus, Rose- of-China
Medium to large single bright red or orange red flowers with firm thick velvety petals splashed with white as if with irregular brush-strokes; the edges of the petals shaded cream yellow to light gold.

Photo Courtesy: Sriaurobindoashram.com

Power of Spiritual Beauty (Spiritual beauty of Auroville)
Spiritual beauty has a contagious power.

Hibiscus Hawaiian
Medium-sized or large single salmon-orange to golden-yellow flower with soft crinkled petals, deep magenta centre and silver-white aura.

Photo Courtesy: Mark Aurel

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

Power Aspiring to become an Instrument for the Divine Work
Power, opening to a higher consciousness, awakens to the need of being at the service of the Divine.

Passiflora vitifolia
Passion flower
Large bright red flower with five separated pointed petals and five petal-like sepals, a central corona of red filaments that surround a cluster of white filaments and an elongated staminal column that ends in three red stigmas and five yellow green anthers; borne singly from the leaf axils. A moderately vigorous vine.

Photo Courtesy: Queerbubbles

Power of a Perfect Endurance
Manifests rarely, but is very precious.

Strobilanthes kunthiana
Small bluish violet campanulate flower with one side of the corolla slightly swollen from the base; set in dense broad bracted spikes. A perennial herb or subshrub with numerous erect quadrangular stems.Blossoms gregariously once in 12 years.

Photo Courtesy: Harisankar

Power of Beauty
Beauty acquires its power only when it is surrendered to the Divine.

Narcissus
Daffodil, Trumpet narcissus
Large mildly fragrant striking yellow flowers with a prominent trumpet surrounded by six spreading petals; borne singly on sturdy scapes. A spring-blooming bulb.

Photo Courtesy: John

Power of Collective Aspiration
A harmonious collective aspiration can change the course of circumstances.

Hoya carnosa
Wax plant, Honey plant
Small pale pink star-shaped flower with a smaller white star and red spot in the centre; the texture of the flower gives the impression of being carved from wax; borne in dense umbels. A light vine with succulent leaves.

Photo Courtesy: Jen64

Power of Expression
It has the power to manifest that which is latent.

Antirrhinum majus
Snapdragon
Small bilabiate flowers in white and shades of yellow, orange, pink and red with a short flattened corolla tube; the upper lip has two broad recurved lobes, the raised centre of the lower lip closes the "mouth" of the flower, the lower edge is lobed and somewhat ruffled; borne in erect racemes. A colourful annual or perennial.

Picture courtesy: Nemo

Power of Psychic Expression
The psychic obtains its power of expression when it governs the whole being.

Antirrhinum majus
Snap dragon
Small bilabiate pink flowers with a short flattened corolla tube; the upper lip has two broad recurved lobes, the raised centre of the lower lip closes the "mouth" of the flower, the lower edge is lobed and somewhat ruffled; borne in erect racemes. A colourful annual or perennial.

Picture courtesy: Jmtimages

Power of Mental Expression

Has no value unless it is at the service of the Divine.

Antirrhinum majus
Snapdragon
Small bilabiate yellow flowers with a short flattened corolla tube; the upper lip has two broad recurved lobes, the raised centre of the lower lip closes the "mouth" of the flower, the lower edge is lobed and somewhat ruffled; borne in erect racemes. A colourful annual or perennial.

Picture courtesy: Dinesh Valke

Power of vital Expression
It is useful only when the vital is converted.

Antirrhinum majus
Snapdragon
Small bilabiate purple to violet flowers with a short flattened corolla tube; the upper lip has two broad recurved lobes, the raised centre of the lower lip closes the "mouth" of the flower, the lower edge is lobed and somewhat ruffled; borne in erect racemes. A colourful annual or perennial.

Picture courtesy: Yosser

Power of Physical Expression

One of the benefits of conversion.

Antirrhinum majus
Snap dragon
Small bilabiate red flowers with a short flattened corolla tube; the upper lip has two broad recurved lobes, the raised centre of the lower lip closes the "mouth" of the flower, the lower edge is lobed and somewhat ruffled; borne in erect racemes. A colourful annual or perennial.

Picture courtesy:Ratbastrd

Power of Integral Expression
Nothing is too difficult for it to say.

Antirrhinum majus
Snapdragon
Small bilabiate white flowers with yellow throat; with a short flattened corolla tube; the upper lip has two broad recurved lobes, the raised centre of the lower lip closes the "mouth" of the flower, the lower edge is lobed and somewhat ruffled; borne in erect racemes. A colourful annual or perennial.

Picture courtesy: Nemo's great uncle

Power of Manifold Expression

The result of suppleness and plasticity.

Antirrhinum majus
Snapdragon
Small bilabiate multicoloured flowers with a short flattened corolla tube; the upper lip has two broad recurved lobes, the raised centre of the lower lip closes the "mouth" of the flower, the lower edge is lobed and somewhat ruffled; borne in erect racemes. A colourful annual or perennial.

Picture Coutesy: Ianaré Sévi

Power of Purity
Purity is the best of powers.

Convallaria majalis
Lily of the valley
Small fragrant waxy white nodding campanulate flowers borne in one-sided terminal racemes. A low perennial rhizomatous herb that forms dense masses.

Photo Courtesy: Randihausken

Power of Spirituality
True spirituality transforms life.

Sansevieria
Bowstring hemp, Snake plant, Mother-in-law's tongue
Small white to dusty white scented tubular flowers with a narrow corolla tube, six narrow recurved lobes and six erect exserted stamens; borne in dense clusters on a very long stalk. A perennial herb with thick cylindrical leaves marked with very thin dark green stripes

Photo Courtesy: Sri Aurobindo Ashram

Power of Truth in the Subconscient
It can act only when sincerity is perfect.

Tecomaria capensis
Cape honeysuckle
Medium-sized bright orange salverform flower with a limb divided into five irregular lobes; borne in terminal racemes. A rambling evergreen shrub.

Photo Courtesy: Dinesh Valke

Power to Reject Adverse Suggestions
The power that comes from conscious union with the Divine.

Codiaeum variegatum
Croton
Tiny rounded cream white flowers composed of many yellow-tipped stamens; borne in erect spikes. A medium-sized evergreen shrub with variegated leaves in a multitude of shapes and colours.


Spiritual Power of Healing
Opening and receptivity to the Divine influence.

Petrea volubilis
Purple wreath, Sandpaper, Queens-wreath, Bluebird vine
Small violet salverform flower with five rounded lobes, the upper lobe marked with a prominent white spot, set in a larger pale lilac star-shaped calyx; borne on pendulous racemes. A woody vine with rough leaves like sandpaper.

Photo Courtesy: Eric in SF

Balanced use of the Integral Power
In truth, power can only become integral when it is used in a balanced way.

Sinningia speciosa
Florists' gloxinia, Gloxinia, Brazilian gloxinia, Violet slipper gloxinia
Showy medium-sized single white velvety bell- shaped flower 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.

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