PARIJAAT – The Celestial Flower

The celestial Flower

Taoshobuddha

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PARIJAAT – The Celestial Flower

MEDITATION LEADS TO ULTIMATE FLOWERING

PARIJAAT – THE CELESTIAL FLOWER © 2011, Taoshobuddha ,
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PARIJAAT – The Celestial Flower

Taoshobuddha
The word Taoshobuddha comes from three words, ‘tao,’ ‘sho,’ and ‘Buddha’. The word Tao was coined by the Chinese master, Lau Tzu. It means, that which is and cannot be put into words. It is unknown and unknowable. It can only be experienced and not expressed in words. Its magnanimity cannot be condensed into finiteness. The word Sho implies, that which is vast like the sky and deep like an ocean and carries within its womb a treasure. It Zalso means one on whom the existence showers its blessings. And lastly the word Buddha, implies the Enlightened One; one who has arrived home. Thus, Taoshobuddha implies one who is existential, on whom the existence showers its blessings and one who has arrived ho home. The Enlightened One! Mystical Essence Series Page 3

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Contents
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. Spiritual significance of flowers – The Mother 5 Poems 7 Photo Gallery 9 Preface 16 Introduction 23 Rare flower picked from ground 27 Parijaat and mythology 29 The cultivation 34 Significance of flower 38 Parijaat tree of Mahabharata age 41 Parijaat tree 45 Parijaat Incense 49 History of Parijaat Incense 51 Pharmacology – medicinal properties 53 Ramkrishna and Parijaat 59 Aura of fragrance and spiritual development 61 Romance of Parijaat 64

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The Spiritual Significance of Flowers
The Mother

Gentle and lovely, flowers share their beauty with us and bring us a touch of eternal things. According to the Mother, each variety of flowers has its own special quality and meaning. By establishing an inner contact with the flower, this meaning can be known. Flowers speak to us when we know how to listen to them, the Mother said. It is a subtle and fragrant language. As if to provide a key to this
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PARIJAAT – The Celestial Flower language, she identified the significances of identified almost nine hundred flowers. In this book these flowers and their messages are presented in the light of her vision and experience.

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hr raej #k nye Pyar kI %m<g lekr iolta FltI zam ke r<gae me< FU<Fta ApnI ouZbU ke gItae< se pukarta rjnI ke A<agn me< in;ad bn iborta )Ulae< kI kaynat me< r<g se na AilPt ouZbU kI mhi mhi)l se nhI< hU< pirict pr rb ne phcanI merI Ahimyt Apne Swan se igrkr -I cFta hU< %nke cr[ae me< pne yhI tae hE bs merI khanI ya rb

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Har Roj ek nayae pyaar ki umang lekar khilta Dhalti shaam ke rango me dhundhta Apni khushboo ke geeto se pukarta Rajni ke aangan me nishabd ban bikharta Phoolo ki kaayanaat me rang bhi se naa alipt Khushboo ki mehfil se naa hi huń parichit Par rab ne pehchani meri ahemiyat Apne sthaan se girkar bhi chadhta huń unke charno mein Yahi to hai bus meri kahani ya rab!

Each day I blossom filled with new aspiration In the colors of setting sun tacitly search And call out with songs of my fragrance In the courtyard of the night spread like a guard Not unaware of colors in the realm of flowers Unaware and unfamiliar though with the realm of fragrance I blossom But my eternal beloved has recognized my significance

Even after falling from the source I rise to the occasion as offering at the feet of my beloved Such is my solemn story.

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PARIJAAT – The Celestial Flower Lo! Here are flowers and benedictions! Here is the smile of Divine Love! It is without preferences and without repulsions It streams out towards all in a generous flow and Never takes back its marvelous gifts !

Parijaat – the only Sacred Celestial Flower that is picked from the ground and is offered at Divine Altar!
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A Sacred offering gesture with Parijaat Flowers!

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Parijaat Tree – Children collecting the flowers from the ground
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Parijaat branch with leaves and buds

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Parijaat full bloom with flowers on ground
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Parijaat – the Celestial beauty

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Preface
There is no doubt that a garden looks empty without Parijaat. It contributes to the distinctive beauty of a garden. Flowers manifest psychic prayer! These are the offering of the plant unto the Divine Altar!

Once again tremendous joy overflows as I am here to speak something on the flower essence and significance of flowers with particular reference to this celestial flower PARIJAAT.
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PARIJAAT – The Celestial Flower Flower is an expression love and light. The expression of love is not only the inherent quality of human. However in animal and plant kingdom this expression of love is far less distorted. In plants kingdom love expresses in its sublime and sacred form as beauty and fragrance. An expression of Ishk-E-Haquiqi! Look at the flowers and the trees. When sun sets and there pervades serenity all around sit down for a moment and commune with nature. In those moments of sojourn you will feel rising from the earth, from below the roots of the tree and mounting upward and coursing through their fibers up to the highest outstretching branches an aspiration of intense love and longing. Such is the longing and aspiration for something that brings light and gives happiness. The light is no more and plants wish to have once again. There is a yearning so pure and intense that if you can feel the movement in the trees, your own being too will rise in an ardent prayer for the peace, light and love that remains unmanifest here. Observe the numerous trees and plants growing and struggling to get the glimpse of light in a dense forest. The plants and tress twist and try
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PARIJAAT – The Celestial Flower in a hundred possible ways just to be in the sun. This is precisely the feeling of aspiration in the physical – an urge, the movement and the push towards light. Light symbolizes the material aspect of the Divine and the sun represents the Supreme Consciousness under material conditions. Plants have felt it distinctly in their own simple and subtle way. Such aspiration is intense, only if you are aware of it. Dutch painter Vincent Van Goah used to paint trees tall rising towards sky. Whenever anyone asked about this he used to say: ‘What can I do such is the aspiration of the plants and trees towards light, stars and the sky.’ It is not certain whether plants make an effort or it is spontaneous. However in any case, it has an aspiration. Plants grow because they aspire for light, sun, and open air. In the dense forest this aspirations exists as competition. You will observe very clearly that there is a sort of competition among plants to pass each other and reach light and open air above. It is indeed spectacular to be a witness
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PARIJAAT – The Celestial Flower to this. Plants cannot grow without light so they aspire for light. Man on the contrary does not seem to bother for light for his inner growth. Keep the flowers as long as these are fresh. And when they are no longer fresh, return them to mother earth that has given us such bloom otherwise the earth will become poor and loose its blossoming capability. Be receptive like flowers. Flowers are happy when loved. Flowers blossom in light. Blossoming of the flower is an explosion of bliss and harmony. Flowers symbolize psychic consciousness that expresses only through silence and beauty. Therefore the love of flowers is a valuable help to find and unite with the psychic because flowers are expression of the psychic. Loving flowers draws one by psychic vibrations and consequently by psychic in one’s own self. Remember when you are receptive to the psychic vibration that puts you in an intimate contact with the psychic in yourself. The beauty of the flower too works as a means by nature to awaken the attraction for the psychic in human beings. The beauty and fragrance of a flower has an aura of varying radius.
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PARIJAAT – The Celestial Flower When you are in conscious contact with your psychic then you become aware of an impersonal psychic behind the entire creation. It is through this you can enter into contact with flowers and know the psychic prayer flowers represent. When the psychic manifest through a flower it represents a WORDLESS PRAYER. It is the thankfulness of the flowers towards the DIVINE! Whenever a mystic gives a flower it is a response to the aspiration arising from the inner depths of your being. Be a flowerlike because being a flowerlike implies: openness, frankness, equality, generosity, and the kind…. A flower is open to all that surrounds it: nature, light, the rays of the sun, the wind etc. The flower exerts a spontaneous influence on all that surrounds it. Flowers radiate beauty and bliss. Flower is frank. It hides nothing of its beauty as it allows the beauty to flow naturally out of it. All that is within in its depth the flower allows springing forth for everyone who is vulnerable and open to the beauty.
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PARIJAAT – The Celestial Flower The generosity, tenderness, mysterious beauty all these flowers share with those open to such things The presence of flowers fills us with joy and cheerfulness. Happy indeed is he who can exchange his qualities with the real qualities that flowers manifest. Try to cultivate in yourself the inherent qualities of flowers and allow the life to move on a new voyage. Like the flowers allow your inner fragrance be the subtlest offering to the Divine This is the aspiration that goes on repeating itself untiringly in many ways sharing my being, my presence as an offering at the Divine Altar in myriad ways. Once again I am thankful to my friend Satender Khanna who one day asked me to say something on Parijaat flower, its mythological background, significance etc. It was indeed an enquiry from a seeker. The outcome of this enquiry is this Title Parijaat – the Celestial Flower. Like him there are many others who anxiously wait for my writings on any subject because
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PARIJAAT – The Celestial Flower they know the work will be profound and express Divinity.

Love

Taoshobuddha

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Introduction

‘Parijat’ is also known as ‘Harsinghar’ in Hindi and ‘Shefali’ in Bengali. It bears the botanical name of Nycatanthes Arbortristis. Its botanical name comes from two separate words. Nyctanthes means ‘night flowers’ and Arbortristis mean ‘The sad tree’ or ‘The tree of sorrow’. Flowers blossom in the night and the air is filled with the sweet fragrance of the bloom. The tree
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PARIJAAT – The Celestial Flower is sometimes called the ‘tree of sorrow’, because the flowers lose their brightness during daytime. The flowers can be used as a source of yellow dye for clothing. The flower is the official flower of the state of West Bengal, India, and for Kanchanaburi. In the early morning it has dropped its flowers, the tree rather looks sad. The flower is commonly known as: 1. Night-flowering Jasmine 2. Coral Jasmine 3. Parijat (also spelled Paarijat or Paarijaata) 4. Harsinghar 5. Shephali 6. Maramalli or Pavazha malli in Tamil (Also spelled pavaza malli or pavala malli) 7. Aspiration as it was called by the Mother from Pondicherry ‘Parijat’ is also considered to be a divine tree. In the Poems of Rabindranath Tagore there are descriptions about Parijat Flowers. In Bengal Parijaat flowers mark the arrival of Goddess Durga.
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PARIJAAT – The Celestial Flower Flower lovers wake up in the early morning to collect the Parijaat flowers and generally place them in a flat dish to make their rooms fresh and fragrant. It is a hardy large shrub or small tree sometimes reaching a height of 30 feet. Its bark is green or grey to greenish-white in color and a bit rough in texture. It has a thick branching structure with green oval-shaped leaves. Its 4 to 8 flower petals are arranged about a vibrant orange tube in a pinwheel pattern. These highly fragrant flowers open at night perfuming the surrounding area with an intensely sweet floral aroma. The morning following the night bloom, the flowers fall on the earth carpeting it with their fragile beauty. In the ancient times sages and seers noted quality of individual plants and in order to teach the people to closely observe their life cycles they created beautiful stories. In India, Parijat grows in the outer Himalayas at the height of about 1400 meters, and are found in tracts of Jammu & Kashmir, Nepal to East of Assam, Bengal, Tripura extended through the Central region up to Godavari in the South.
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PARIJAAT – The Celestial Flower Besides India, they are found in Thailand, Indonesia, Nepal and Pakistan.

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hr raej #k nye Pyar kI %m<g lekr iolta FltI zam ke r<gae me< FU<Fta ApnI ouZbU ke gItae< se pukarta rjnI ke A<agn me< in;ad bn iborta )Ulae< kI kaynat me< r<g se na AilPt ouZbU kI mhi mhi)l se nhI< hU< pirict pr rb ne phcanI merI Ahimyt Apne Swan se igrkr -I cFta hU< %nke cr[ae me< pne yhI tae hE bs merI khanI ya rb

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Har Roj ek nayae pyaar ki umang lekar khilta Dhalti shaam ke rango me dhundhta Apni khushboo ke geeto se pukarta Rajni ke aangan me nishabd ban bikharta Phoolo ki kaayanaat me rang bhi se naa alipt Khushboo ki mehfil se naa hi huń parichit Par rab ne pehchani meri ahemiyat Apne sthaan se girkar bhi chadhta huń unke charno mein Yahi to hai bus meri kahani ya rab!

Each day I blossom filled with new aspiration In the colors of setting sun tacitly search And call out with songs of my fragrance In the courtyard of the night spread like a guard Not unaware of colors in the realm of flowers Unaware and unfamiliar though with the realm of fragrance I blossom But my eternal beloved has recognized my significance

Even after falling from the source I rise to the occasion as offering at the feet of my beloved Such is my solemn story.
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PARIJAAT – The Celestial Flower Parijaat – The Celestial Flower
Each day I blossom filled with new aspiration In the colors of setting sun tacitly search And call out with songs of my fragrance In the courtyard of the night spread like a guard Not unaware of colors in the realm of flowers Unaware and unfamiliar though with the realm of fragrance I blossom But my eternal beloved has recognized my significance

Even after falling from the source I rise to the occasion as offering at the feet of my beloved Such is my solemn story.

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