Two days ago, my low-maintenance kamuning plant was all leaves. It has not bloomed for quite some time, so I was pleasantly surprised to see radiant bursts of white where only green used to be. Kamuning (Murraya paniculata) is also known as orange jasmine. Today I learned why the name is ironic. Kamuning is not actually related to the jasmine plant species but is more closely related to oranges. That explains the citrusy sweet smell of its flowers. The word ‘orange’ in its name has nothing to do with color either, because the flowers are all white.
Whatever I have in pots do not constitute a garden; and unfortunately for me, I don’t have a green thumb. The last time a plant surprised me with blooms was seven years ago. It held so much significance with my state of being then, that it merited a blog post. Please click here to read about it.
Remembering that experience, I had to put some meaning into what I regard as another instance of synchronicity. I found online sources that say orange jasmine flowers symbolize good luck and optimism, which is why they are an ideal gift for someone who needs support and motivation in life. Thank you, Universe, for that gift!
My search also led me to a site dedicated to Sri Aurobindo and The Mother. Aurobindo was an Indian philosopher, yogi, and poet, among other things. He developed a practice called Integral Yoga and along with his spiritual collaborator Mirra Alfassa (whom he referred to as “The Mother”) founded the Sri Aurobindo Ashram.
The site has a section on the spiritual significance of flowers. The entry on the significance of orange jasmine has this interesting reference to the flower as “Peace in the vital.”
My understanding of the message:
- Peace is a state of quietude where no disturbance can come.
- Vital refers to our life force and has four aspects: (1) mental, which is expressed in thoughts, speech, emotions, desires, and other movements of the physical being; (2) emotional, which is the seat of various feelings; (3) central, which seats our stronger longings such as ambition, pride, fear, love of fame, attractions and repulsions, desires, passions and many vital energies; and (4) the lower vital, which deals with small desires and feelings we have in daily life, such as food, comfort, vanity, sexual desires, recognition, anger, blame, etc.
- Behind all the vital nature in man lies a “true” vital. Unlike the four aspects previously mentioned, which are all seated on the surface and therefore limited and transient, this true vital is immobile, all powerful, all knowledgeable, and limitless. It represents the Divine Warrior in each one of us – without ego, pure, and perfect.
- Peace can be attained not through circumstances surrounding us, but through inner contact with a higher consciousness. All our vitals are necessary to make us whole, but they are of value only if they have been purified and guided by the spiritual light and power. Peace in the vital depends not on circumstances or surroundings but on the inner contact with a higher consciousness. If we have peace in our lives, then cleaning the vitals becomes easy.
- Put the Peace, feel the Peace, live the Peace, know the Peace.
Wishing everyone a blessed Feast of the Epiphany!