Sri Varalakshmi Vratha Vana

FLOWER SHOWER - TO THE LOTUS GODDESS:

Padmaasane Padmakare Sarvalokaika Poojithe ||
Naarayana Priye Devi SupreethaBhava Sarvada ||

Padmaasana Sthithe Devi Parabrahma Swarupini ||
Paramesirjaganmaatha MahaLakshmi Namosthuthe ||

While Lord Sri MahaVishnu is 'Purusha', Goddess Lakshmi is 'Prakruthi'. The supreme Goddess whom we adore as 'The Mother' is the Divine Conscious Force that manifests in all the existence. She is the Golden Bridge, the Wonderful Fire, the Luminous Heart; she is the Force, the Light, the Joy and the Might of the unrealised vasts.

'KADAMBA VANA' is her abode while the 'PINK LOTUS' is the flower of Sri Maha Lakshmi.

Kadamba Vanavaasini, Kaamithardhadhayinee ||
Mudamdehi Munindranuthe, Murahari Sahajaathe ||

Apart from these SriMahaLakshmi is associated with some more Divine flowers and leaves, which in turn brings wellness to the ones offering these to her devotionally, along with a particular Manthra. She showers wealth and prosperity to the ones planting these and caring for them.
Honouring these plants is honouring the Supreme Mother of Nature – Sri VaraMahaLakshmi.

Let us see them in detail:

A) PUSHPA PUJA.

SannaJaaji/Blue grape Jasmine/Jasminum trifoliatum.

Spiritual Significance : These flowers represent PURITY.

Purity : Purity is perfect sincerity and one cannot have it unless the being is entirely consecrated to the divine. On earth, true purity is to think as the Divine thinks, to will as the Divine wills, to feel as the Divine feels.

Useful parts : Leaves, flowers.

Medicinal Uses : Calms the nerves, checks bleeding, and stimulates the uterus, aphrodisiac, cures leprosy, skin diseases.
It is reputedly effective against various cancers, especially Hodgkin’s disease and cancers of the bone, lymph nodes, and breast.

PokaVakka /Betel nut/Areca catechu.

Spiritual Significance : STEADFAST VITALITY.

Steadfast Vitality : The vitality that depends on integral consecration.

Useful parts : Roots, leaves, fruit.

Medicinal Uses : Body coolant, astringent, diuretic, digestive, antihelmintic, aphrodisiac, nervine tonic. Used to treat urinary disorders, general debility, etc.

Ponna /BorneoMahogany/Calophyllum inophyllum.

Spiritual Significance : PEACE IN THE PHYSICAL.

Peace in the Physical : To want what God wills is its best condition.

Useful parts : Bark, leaves, seeds.

Medicinal Uses : To treat rheumatism, scabies, syphilis, eczema, insanity, internal haemorrhages, leprosy, toothache.
Acts as diuretic and other uses.

Pogada /Mimusops elengi.

Spiritual Significance : PATIENCE.

Patience : Indispensable for all realisations.
God has all time before him and does not need to be always in a hurry. He is sure of his aim and success and cares not if he breaks his work a hundred times to bring it nearer perfection. Patience is our first great necessary lesson, but not the dull slowness to move of the timid, the sceptical, the weary, the slothful, the unambitious or the weakling; a patience full of a calm and gathering strength which watches and prepares itself for the hour of swift great strokes, few but enough to change destiny.
The fruit of patience is ACCOMPLISHMENT.

Useful parts : Bark, flowers, fruits, seeds.

Medicinal Uses : General tonic, lotion for wounds and ulcers, promotes delivery in childbirth, increases fertility in women.
Used to treat hydrophobia, insanity, etc.

Malle/Arabian Jasmine/Jasminum sambac.

Spiritual Significance : INTEGRAL PURITY.

Integral Purity : The whole being is purified of the ego.

Useful parts : Roots, leaves, flowers.

Medicinal Uses : Used to treat insanity, eye complaints, pruritus, leprosy, ulcers, hiccough, galactorrhoea, fever, skin diseases.

Chamanthi /Chrysanthemum/Chrysanthemum indica.

Spiritual Significance : SUPRAMENTALISED LIFE ENERGY.

Supramentalised Life Energy : Manifold and supple, it has an immortal resistance.

Useful parts : Leaves, flowers.

Medicinal Uses : Cures inflammation, pneumonia, fevers, headaches, dizziness, abscesses and boils, indigestion, anthelmintic.
Purifies the blood, calms the liver, and brighten the eyes.

Padmam/Sacred Lotus/Nelumbo nucifera.

Spiritual Significance : AVATAR.

Avatar : The Supreme Manifested in a body upon earth.
The Avatar is always a dual phenomenon of divinity and humanity; the divine takes upon himself the human nature with all its outward limitations and makes them the circumstances, means, instruments, of the Divine Conciousness and the Divine Power, a vessel of the Divine Birth and the Divine works.

Useful parts : Whole plant.

Medicinal Uses : Used to treat intra-uterine growth retardation, menorrhagia, diarrhoea, dysentery, skin darkening.

Nalla Kaluva /Blue WaterLily/Nymphaea nouchali

Spiritual Significance : WEALTH IN THE MIND OF LIGHT.

Wealth in the mind of Light : Open to all higher ideas.
All WEALTH belongs to the Divine and those who hold it are trustees, NOT POSSESSORS. It is with them today, tomorrow it may be elsewhere. All depends on the way they discharge their trust while it is with them, in what spirit, with what consciousness in their use of it, to what purpose.

Useful parts : Rhizome, flowers, seeds.

Medicinal Uses : Used to treat liver diseases, skin diseases, leprosy, diabetes, fainting and vomiting, haemorrhage from the internal organs, bleeding from the womb during gestation.

B) PATHRA PUJA.

Davanamu/Mugwort/Artemisia pallens.

Spiritual Significance : SUPRAMENTALISED PSYCHIC ACTIVITY.

Supramentalised Psychic Activity : Luminous, manifold, balanced – it meets all needs.

Useful parts : Leaves.

Medicinal Uses : Used as anthelmintic, anti-pyretic.
Soothes brain and the nervous system, helps fight depression and stress, fights infections, wounds and tetanus wounds, and stimulates the endocrine system.
Cures cough and cold, influenza, measles, headaches, and pains in the joints.
Lowers blood pressure levels, etc.

Maruvam/Sweet Marjoram/Origanum marjorana.

Spiritual Significance : THE NEW BIRTH.

The New Birth : Birth of the true consciousness.
What is called “new birth” is the birth into the spiritual life, the spiritual consciousness; it is to carry in oneself something of the spirit which, individually, through the soul, can begin to rule the life and be the master of existence. But in the supramental world, the spirit will be the master of this entire world and all its manifestations, all its expressions, consciously, spontaneously and naturally.

Useful parts : Leaves.

Medicinal Uses : Used to treat cramps, digestive disorders, swelling, rheumatism, stiff neck.
Relieves cold, cough, muscle spasms, nervous headaches, and menstrual pain. Used as antiseptic, etc.

Chamanthi Aakulu/Chrysanthemum/Chrysanthemum indica.

Spiritual Significance : SUPRAMENTALISED LIFE ENERGY.

Supramentalised Life Energy : Manifold and supple, it has an immortal resistance.

Useful parts : Leaves, flowers.

Medicinal Uses : Cures inflammation, pneumonia, fevers, headaches, dizziness, abscesses and boils. Purifies the blood, calms the liver, and brighten the eyes.

Maredu Dalamulu/Holy Fruit Tree/Aegle marmelos.

Spiritual Significance : DEVOTIONAL ATTITUDE.

Devotional Attitude : Modest and self-effacing, it gives remarkable fruit.
In truth, a cultivated and illuminated vital can be as noble and heroic and disinterested as it is now spontaneously vulgar, egoistic and perverted when it is left to itself without education. It is enough for each one to know how to transform in him the search for pleasure into an aspiration for the supramental plenitude. If the education of the vital is carried far enough, with perseverance and sincerity, there comes a time when, convinced of the greatness and beauty of the goal, the vital gives up petty and illusory sensorial satisfactions in order to win the Divine Delight.

Useful parts : Root, bark, leaves, seed.

Medicinal Uses : Used to treat diarrhoea, constipation, worms, skin diseases, cardiac diseases, high blood pressure, jaundice, joint pains, leprosy, leucoderma, ophthalmic, piles, chronic dysentery, dyspepsia, melancholia, heart palpitations, amoebic dysentery, sprue, hypochondriasis.

Krishna Tulasi Dalamulu/Holy Basil/Ocimum sanctum.

Spiritual Significance : DEVOTION.

Devotion : Modest and fragrant, it gives itself without seeking for anything in return.

Useful parts : Whole Plant.

Medicinal Uses : Anti-aging, anti-anxiety, anti-bacterial, anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, anti-ulcer, antidiabetic, antioxidant, antitussive, carminative, detoxifier, tonic for nerves,
Used to treat anxiety, arthritis, asthma, blood cholesterol, blood glucose, blood pressure, blood sugar, bronchitis, heart problems, tuberculosis, colds, cough, sore throat, dementia, diabetes, constipation, digestive disorders, E. coli, encephalitis, fever, flu, gastric ulcer, head lice, hepatitis, infectious diseases, insomnia, kidney problems, nausea, phlegm, skin infections, skin problems, stomach ailments, toothache, vomiting, wounds and cuts. Improves memory/concentration, improves metabolism, improves periodontal health, improves sense of well being, and increases stamina, works as stress reliever.

Vishnukranthi Aakulu/English speed wheel/Evolvulus alsinoides.

Spiritual Significance : FIRST SIGN OF KRISHNA’S LIGHT IN MATTER.

First sign of Krishna’s light in matter : It announces the coming transformation.
To know is good,
To live is better,
To be that, is perfect.

Useful parts : Whole Plant.

Medicinal Uses : Used to treat chronic bronchitis, general weakness, fever, hiccoughs, jaundice, etc. Acts as antidysenteric.

Sarvaiswaryakaarinyei Namaha
Naanaa vidha Pushpaani
Pathraani Samarpayaami.

NOTE : a) Readers, please note that all material provided herein is for information only and may not be construed as medical advice. Readers should consult appropriate health professionals on any matter relating to their health and well-being.
b) The effectiveness of the flowers and the leaves are at their best, when they are requested and plucked from the plants after they are fully bloomed on the plant. It is preferred not to offer the flowers plucked well in advance, in a bud condition to avoid the ill effects.