How it all began

From the start of the Ashram in 1927, the Mother used flowers in her interactions with the sadhaks who came to see her. From an early period, she gave significances to certain flowers. In this way there evolved a language of flowers by which the Mother communicated with the sadhaks. Within a few years, she had given names to hundreds of flowers. A list compiled by an Ashram gardener in 1930 contained 410 entries.

From the start of the Ashram in 1927, the Mother used flowers in her interactions with the sadhaks who came to see her. From an early period, she gave significances to certain flowers. In this way there evolved a language of flowers by which the Mother communicated with the sadhaks. Within a few years, she had given names to hundreds of flowers. A list compiled by an Ashram gardener in 1930 contained 410 entries.

In 2000, the ashram published a new book ‘The Spiritual Significance of Flowers’ revising some botanical names and adding 19 new significances discovered in the notebooks of early Ashram gardeners.

About this compilation

The information on this site has been compiled by Narad (Richard Eggenberger), a long-time member of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram and Auroville. Narad, who is a musician, poet, landscaper, and horticulturist, was given the task of creating the beautiful Matrimandir gardens by the Mother in 1969. He also worked personally with the Mother on the spiritual significance of flowers and edited the book 'Flowers and Their Messages'.