Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Ganera Poo (Arali Poo)- Nothapodytes Flower

Sivappu Arali poo Thavarai nerpaduthum

For correcting the mistakes and giving right mind not to repeat them

Thennam poo (Coconut Flower)

Thennam poo Ella thevaigalaiyum niraivetri tharum. (ithudan December poo, Samandhi poo serthu vaithu vazhipattal kuzhandhai peru nichayyam)


For fulfilling all wishes and duties in life

Maulsari flower (Maghizham Poo)- Bullet Wood Flower

Maghizham poo Porumaiyai tharum

For having adequate patience, tolerance and perseverance

Veepam Poo (Neem Flower)

Neem Flower (Veepam Poo)
Aanmiga choozhalai tharum

For having children and paternity blessings


Users of Neem:

In India, the'tree'is variously known as "Sacred Tree," "Heal All," "Nature's Drugstore," "Village Pharmacy" and "Panacea for all diseases". Products made from neem tree have been used in India for over two millennia for their medicinal properties: neem products are believed to be anthelmintic, antifungal, antidiabetic, antibacterial, antiviral, contraceptive and sedative.[2][unreliable source?] Neem products are also used in selectively controlling pests in plants. It is considered a major component in Ayurvedic and Unani medicine and is particularly prescribed for skin disease.[3]

All parts of the tree are said to have medicinal properties (seeds, leaves, flowers and bark) and are used for preparing many different medical preparations.

The chemical constituents nimbidin and nimbin have some spermicidal activity[4]

Neem oil is used for preparing cosmetics (soap, neem shampoo, balms and creams such as Margo soap) and many oral health products.

Besides its use in traditional Indian medicine, the neem tree is of great importance for its anti-desertification properties and possibly as a good carbon dioxide sink.[citation needed]

Practitioners of traditional Indian medicine recommend that patients suffering from chicken pox sleep on neem leaves.

Neem gum is used as a bulking agent and for the preparation of special purpose food.

Traditionally, slender neem branches have been chewed in order to clean one's teeth. Neem twigs are still collected and sold in markets for this use, and in India one often sees youngsters in the streets chewing on neem twigs.

Neem blossoms are used in Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka to prepare Ugadi pachhadi. "Bevina hoovina gojju" (a type of curry prepared with neem blossoms) is common in Karnataka throughout the year. Dried blossoms are used when fresh blossoms are not available. In Tamilnadu, a rasam (veppam poo rasam) made with neem blossoms is a culinary speciality.

A mixture of neem flowers and bella (jaggery or unrefined brown sugar) is prepared and offered to friends and relatives, symbolic of sweet and bitter events in the upcoming new year.

Extract of neem leaves is thought to be helpful as malaria prophylaxis despite the fact that no comprehensive clinical studies are yet available. In several cases, private initiatives in Senegal were successful in preventing malaria.[5] However, major NGOs such as USAID are not supposed to use neem tree extracts unless the medical benefit has been proved with clinical studies.

Kaagidha Poo (Pink Paper Flowers)

Kaagidha poo Iraivanin poorana padhugappai tharum

For God to provide complete protections and secured life


Crotons Thavarana ennangalai thurathidum


For chasing away bad thoughts and deeds and keeping in good spirits

Nithyakalyani (Vinca Flower)


Nithyakalyani poo Poorana munnetrathai tharum

For complete advancement in life

Samandhi poo (Marigold)

Samandhi poo Shakthi,thembai tharum,virumbiya velai kidaikkum


For having courage, boldness, positive energy, and getting the required job and success

Poosani Poo (Pumpkin Flower)


Poosani poo Abarimidha munnetrathai kodukkum

For advancement in life and mental enrichment

Vadamalli Poo (Globe Amaranth )

Meaning of vadamalli is it will not fade. Its a very common plant in Kerala. Flowers used to make 'Chendu' for marriages and its a main flower in 'Athapoo'.


Marana bayathil irundhu meetka udhavum

For keeping the fear of death and failure away

In times of darkness

Monday, November 7, 2011

Vadamulla Flower (Centaurea Cyanus

Vadamulla Flower (Centaurea Cyanus) also known as Bachelor's button flower

Vadamalli poo Marana bayathil irundhu meetka udhavum
For keeping away from the fear of death and trouble

Poovarasam Poo (Thespesia Populnea Flower)


For having good health and sound mind

A dash of yellow and green

Thespesia populnea or Poovarasam poo is an indigenous species

UMBRELLA TREE Thespesia populnea forms a dense canopy

The indigenous tree Poovarasam, known to botanists as Thespesia populnea belongs to the family of Hibiscus-Malvaceae. Thespesia is from the Greek word Thespesios meaning `divine', since it was first noticed by Captain Cook in the temples of Tahiti, in the South Pacific Ocean and populnea means `having leaves like a poplar'.
Thespesia populnea is a compact quick growing, evergreen tree having heart-shaped, pointed leaves and cup-shaped yellow flowers with a dash of purple at the inner base, produced intermittently throughout the year. It is also called as Umbrella tree because it has closely set branches and a dense crown.
Many uses
The tree yields tannin, dye, oil and gum. The wood is skilfully crafted into bowls and plates and also fashioned into paddles and other carved objects. The timber is suitable for carts and carriages, wheel spokes, boat building, rafter and reefers, agricultural implements, staffs, cabinets, beams, furniture, paddles and musical instruments. The insect resistant wood is used for making cabinetry and other domestic appliances. The viscid, yellow extract from the young fruits is used to treat insect bites, ringworm and is also applied for psoriasis, scabies, sprains and wart removal. The alcoholic extract of fruits has shown activity against Ranikhet disease virus. The bark also yields a fine fibre, used for preparing rough and strong cordage, fishing lines, coffee bags and for caulking boats.
Incidentally, the flower Poovarasam poo shot to fame after Ilayaraja's hit number `Poovarasam poo poothachi' from the movie `Kizhakkey Pogum Rail.'

Nagalinga Poo (Canon Ball Tree Flower)- Couroupita

Nagalinga poo Kadan neengi valamai tharum


For getting rid of financial woes and loans and emotional entanglements

Religious Significance in Asia

The trees are grown extensively in Shiva temples in India. In Hindi it is called Shiv Kamal and also known as "Kailaspati". It is called the Nagalingam tree in Tamil. The flowers are called Shivalinga flowers in Hindi; Nagalinga Pushpa in Kannada; Nagamalli flowers or Mallikarjuna flowers in Telugu. Hindus revere it as a sacred tree because the petals of the flower resemble the hood of the Naga, a sacred snake, protecting a Shiva Lingam, the stigma.

In Sri Lanka, Thailand and other Buddhist countries the tree is often planted at Buddhist temples. It is here mistaken as the Sala tree, Shorea robusta, the tree under which the Buddha passed away and under which the previous Buddha Vessabhu attained enlightenment.

Medicinal Uses:

The Cannonball Tree possesses antibiotic, antifungal, antiseptic and analgesic qualities. The trees are used to cure colds and stomach aches. Juice made from the leaves is used to cure skin diseases, and shamans of South America have even used tree parts for treating malaria. The inside of the fruit can disinfect wounds and young leaves ease toothache

Alli Poo (Water Lillies or Lotus flowers)

Alli poo (Sivappu) Mahalakshmiyin anugraham kidaikkum


For the blessings of Goddess Mahalakshmi for wealth and prosperity

Alli poo (Vellai) Dharalamana selva valam tharum


For prosperity and materialistic well being


Allamanda poo (Yellow Bell Flower)

Alamandaa poo Vetriyai kodukkum


For continuous success and achievements

Allamanda cathartica is also notable for its medicinal properties: all parts of the plant contain allamandin, a toxic iridoid lactone. The leaves, roots and flowers may be used in the preparation of a powerful cathartic (hence the name); the milky sap is also known to possess antibacterial and possibly anticancer properties. Gardeners exposed to the sap will develop rashes, itch, and blisters.

Kanagambarampoo (Crossandra Flower)

Kanagambarampoo(sivappu) Sanjalam neengum, thittangal niraiverum


For clearance of confusions and plans being successful

Kanagambarampoo(manjal) Ninaitha kaariyathai niraivetri tharum- Yellow Crossandra


For achieving all things that we aspire


Erukkam Poo (Lone Flower- Calotropis flower )

Lord Ganesha's favorite Flower-  Erukkam Poo-  Dhairiyathai kodukkum

For having required courage and not being afraid of anything

The plant is known as aak in Ayurveda and was used in cases of cutaneous diseases, intestinal worms, cough, ascites, asthma, bronchitis, dyspepsia, paralysis, swellings, intermittent fevers, anorexia, inflammations and tumors. In large doses, Arka is known to act as a purgative and an emetic.

It is used variously but sometimes leaves are fried in oil for medicinal purposes.

Kodi Rose (Mexican Creeper)

Common name: Coral vine, Honolulu creeper, Mexican creeper, Kodi rose கொடி ரோஜா (Tamil), Anantalata (Bengali)


Sumugathai tharum

For bringing in peace and harmony

Botanical name: Antigonon leptopus

- [ (an-TIG-oh-non) from the Latin anti-, (against) and gonia, (an angle), perhaps referring to the zig zag stems; (LEP-toh-puss) slender stalks ]

Synonyms: Antigonon cinerascens, Antigonon cordatum, Antigonon platypus, Corculum leptopum , Corculum leptopus

Family: Polygonaceae (knotweed, or smartweed family)

- [ (pol-LIG-go-nuh-see-ay) or (pol-ee-GO-nuh-see-ay) Many knee joints, angles referring to the shape of the seed ]

Origin: Mexico, Central America

Naturalised in many parts of India. It is a vigorous perennial climber, known for its dense green foliage and small delicate lantern shaped flower in long trailing lovely sprays. The plant has large tuberous roots and several ascending branches of 30-40 feet length. It flowers in all seasons except for a short period during monsoon. The flowers are white or in attractive shades of red and pink.

The creepers grow well over arbours, pergolas, bunds and walls. Regular pruning keeps the plant in good shape. Too much food causes vigorous vegetative growth at the expense of flowering. Propagation can be done by seeds, layers, stem cuttings or from division of the roots.


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Note: Identification attempted; may not be accurate.

Kozhi Kondai Poo (Hen's Horn Flower)

Kozhikondai poo Thunivai tharum

For getting the right companionship and people in life



Gladyolas poo Iraiyanbai erkkum thrianai tharum


For fulfillment and completeness

December Poo- Tumblr (Botanical Name- Barleria cristata)

December Poo

This Flower is called "December Flower" it got its name just because they blossom during the month of December every year.

December poo Vizhipunarvai tharum

Creating the awareness and alertness in life

Below is a small article got from the Deccan Chronicle website.

"December poo goes missing this year"

Dec. 11: “Gone are the days when we waited for hours with baskets in our hand for the flower vendor to come and call ‘Amma December poo ’, lamented 73-year-old Mythili Subramanian. “During Karthigai and Margazhi, women used to sit in the ‘thinnai’ in front of their houses and tie the flowers with ‘naar’ and later in the evening go around the streets with flowers on our heads meeting relatives and visiting temples. Now I hardly get to see the lovely blue flowers in the markets and the street corner,” she added in a sad voice. It’s not just Ms Subramanian, several people across the state are missing the colourful flower this season.

Traders at Koyambedu market complain that while 200 bags of the flowers arrived in the city around the same time in 2008, only 30 bags have made their way to the market this year. “This time the cultivation of this flower has also dwindled,” noted Mr Arul Vishwasam, president of the Koyambedu flower market.

“Even as there was no long-term data that held climate change culprit for variation in flowering patterns, there are several indications that the plant species were reacting to fluctuations in temperature and humidity,” notes Dr D. Narasimhan, reader, centre for floristic research, department of plant biology and biotechnology, Madras Christian College.

“Flowering plants like roses and December poo that bloom after the monsoon are extremely sensitive and need a particular micro-climate - low temperature with lots of moisture in the air. However, this year, the mist did not set in even towards the end of November - there was hardly any mist - causing the delay in the blossoming,” he explains.

Agreeing with Dr Narasimhan, Dr M. Jawaharlal, department of floriculture and landscaping, Tamil Nadu Agriculture University, said, “It is likely that December poo would burst into bloom in nearly a month’s time.”

“If this trend continues, then we may well have to change the name of the flower,” he says with a trace of humour.

However, Mr Santhakumar, a flower vendor at the poo market, the flower hub of Coimbatore, said, “There are no takers for December poo these days. Women stay away from buying them and hence we don’t get it here,” he added.

Hibiscus Flowers- Chembaruthi poo (White or Red)

White or Red Hibiscus Flower:

For Energy to work towards success, prosper in studies, happiness in family to sustain, and position to improve at work and move to right positions…Pray with Hibiscus –Chembaruthi poo

Chembaruthi poo -  Vettri kuriya shakthi tharum, padippil sirakka, kudumbathil magizhchi undaaga, padhavi uyarvu pera, ida maarudhal pera

Love of God

Mother's Ways

Someone once gave to Mother small bits of fine paper. Mother used it.. And the next time that person came, she showed and told him: see how I have used your paper.

Naturally he was very happy and went on to share the happy news with others. Very soon people started sending all kinds of paper, blocks after blocks of paper began to pour in. One day someone brought old paper. And Mother was obliged to use that paper first because that would be spoilt earlier. So it was kept on Mother’s table.

I saw it but what could I do? Still I said: Mother, people like to keep your writing and they preserve the papers on which you write to them.. These papers are old. Why not use good paper? You have so many kinds of nice paper. Why not give away these old ones to the Prosperity so that Harikant could give them to people when they ask.

I told this to Mother because I knew very well that she would not like to waste. For her it was difficult to tolerate waste. I saw this from the very beginning. I must say, however, that things changed completely later on. She simply kept quiet when lot of waste went around her. I mean waste of all kinds. However, to come back to the story.

Mother: I know people will not use it if it is issued from the Prosperity. I am sure of it.

C: All right, Mother, I shall take and use it.

She was happy because she was sure that it would not be wasted and that I would make the best use of it.

Speaking of making the best use of things, I remember so many occasions when she showed appreciation of my efforts in this direction.

You know the tissue papers, which she used to use for her face. They were so fine; Mother would give them to me one by one after use. I kept them carefully, trying to find out what best use I could make of them.

One day it struck me that out of each such paper two envelopes for blessings-packets could be prepared. Accordingly I prepared some and showed them to the Mother. She was exceedingly pleased and started using them immediately. For people it had a double significance: the packet carried blessing petals from the Mother and the envelope was prepared out of paper used by her.

For Mother it was not enough to use a thing. She wanted the best use to be made of each thing.

‘Champakalal Speaks’

P. 99,100

Next Future- Nov 2011

We are happy to inform you that theNovember 2011 issue of our e-magazine "Next Future" is now out http://nextfuture.sriaurobindosociety.org.in and the Sri Aurobindo Society Website has also been updated http://www.sriaurobindosociety.org.in
The Mother voices our aspiration and also encourages us in Eternally Yours and Living Words:
Lord, God of Beauty and Harmony,
Grant that we may become instruments worthy of manifesting Thy supreme beauty in the world.
This is our prayer and our aspiration.
- The Mother

Do not give way, hold tight.
It is when everything seems lost that all is saved.

- The Mother

In Question of the Month we continue to take a look at what rules mean for an aspirant following Sri Aurobindo's Yoga; can anything on God's canvas be truly ugly - take a look at The Art of Life; in Creative Corner Anahita speaks of the love between creation and Creator; Resurgent India reviews the state of Indian education in present times; Amal Kiran writes of his experience in The Last Embodied Darshan and finally, although we have presented it before, we have once more included Steve Jobs speech given at Stanford - he was truly inspiring.
Our Editorial tells us how to deal with all the stops and starts that life puts before us:
"Life is so incredibly interesting. Every step of the way, one comes across something new that challenges our very being. It's as if a fresh dialogue is inserted into the script at the last minute and catches us totally off-guard. Not all are ready. Not all are unaware. So if we catch ourselves in the nick of time, everything falls into place and flows smoothly. But if we don't, we bumble and curse. We complain. We scream and shout and lay the blame wherever we can. Not all, but many of us are guilty of this. What we forget at that moment is that the Hand that writes isn't unaware like us. It is, rather, fully conscious of what It is doing and why. It knows what we don't. It believes in what we haven't yet found within ourselves. It remembers what we have long forgotten.
In other words, we have forgotten that whatever comes our way is to bring us closer to the Divine, not take us further back. Trust in that. And see how you fly through every pause and stop and exclamation that life puts before you.
Until the next time..."

The rest of our usual features and series are as follows:
1. Savitri by Mangesh Nadkarni
2. Eternally Yours
3. Living Words
4. Question of the Month - What do Rules Signify for an Aspirant?
5. Flower of the Month - Flowers of Useful Plants and Trees
6. Integral Health - Stress Management by Dr Alok Pandey
7. Integral Education - Transformation by the Mother
8. Commentaries on Thoughts & Aphorisms
9. Sanskrit, A Language of Consciousness - Loka by Sampadananda Mishra
10. Creative Corner - The Romance of the Lotus and the Sun by Anahita Sanjana
11. The Art of Life - The Beauty that Lies Within
12. Resurgent India - Of Past Dawns and Future Noons: Of Frogs and Blackboards (VI) by Shonar
13. The Eternal Wisdom - The Example of the Sage
14. Learning to Unlearn - Who said Wisdom comes with Age? by Harvinder Kaur
15. The last Embodied Darshan by Amal Kiran
16. Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish - A Speech by Steve Jobs
17. Spotlight

With warm regards,

Smile at an enemy


Dont be restless

To want what You want always and in every circumstance is the
only way to enjoy inviolable peace.
-The Mother

God's company

Harilal Gandhi's letters to Aurobindo and Mother

Courtesy: Overman Foundation by Anurag

It is a known fact that Mahatma Gandhi had visited Pondicherry on 17 February 1934. But not many people know that his eldest son Harilal Gandhi had visited Pondicherry either during January or the early part of February 1934 and stayed for a brief period in the Sri Aurobindo Ashram. Chandulal Bhagubhai Dalal, in his biography of Harilal Gandhi (‘Harilal Gandhi: A Life’) writes: ‘There [at the Ashram], he begged for money. He got some money as well. It is possible that some Gujarati inmate might have given him some money. He also drank alcohol there. Perhaps for this reason he was driven out of the Ashram.’
Today, we take the opportunity to post three letters written by Harilal Gandhi to Sri Aurobindo and the Mother. The first letter, written originally in Gujarati, is undated and it appears that it was written subsequent to his banishment from the Ashram. His address is marked as “The Monk, Pondicherry”. In the postscript, he mentions a dream of his in which he was called to the Sabarmati Ashram. The second and third letters were written originally in English.
To read the letters, please click on the following link:

Difficulties are blessings in disguise

Difficulties are always blessings if we know how to face them.

-The Mother

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Livermore Hindu Temple- Shiva Vishnu Temple

Temple homepage:  http://livermoretemple.org/hints/

Location:1232 Arrowhead Avenue

Livermore, CA 94551

(925) 449-6255
Remarks:  Good temple in Bay Area,.  Lot of rituals and hindu worships and communal meetings organized.  Maintenance can be improved.