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Spiritual Significance of Flowers

Spiritual Significance of Flowers

Flowers teach us the charm of silence and thus the self-giving which demands nothing in return Puja is an integral part of a Hindu household, either on a daily basis or during some important religious function or ceremony. The process can be either a simple ritual or a complicated one, depending on the occasion and according to the Vedas, it is equally important to perform rituals a certain way to derive full benefits from them.

One of the offerings given in puja is flowers, as they vibrate a certain state of consciousness that represents purity. They are rich with abundant qualities of design, color, fragrance, and soft touch and by nature they are a supreme source of joy in this world. Moreover, flowers are substances that are extremely pure, as they can be obtained without engaging in any evil deed. They can be offered without any risk that we may feel miserly or regretful afterwards. So the offering will be made with a pure mind at the beginning, in the middle, and at the end.

These flowers have to be offered in a particular way with a certain understanding at the feet of the deity. Feet represent the foundation on which we stand, which is none other than the supreme reality and flowers represent the desires in man. It is believed there are subtle frequencies of deities active in the atmosphere and these are attracted towards certain flowers. One must offer flowers that are fresh, unused and clear of any infestation.

The flowers are picked with five fingers of the right hand, with the fingers initially facing downwards which are then slowly turned upwards to gently place the flowers at the feet of the deity; this process is continued until the chant or the prayer is complete. The five fingers represent the five senses of sight, touch, taste, sound and smell. When these senses are directed towards the mundane world, they pick up the “desires” (flowers). When the fingers are turned towards the higher self, then the desires are eliminated. In sum, flowers represent renouncing all of one’s desires except enlightenment.

Flowers are also offered by bringing it close to one’s heart. This symbolically suggests that one is offering the soul or atman to the deity.

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  • What about those who don’t want to pluck flowers and believe that in doing so they are disturbing the plant and ecosystem? Please respond.
    Your website is like a primer to sanatana dharma.
    dhanyavaada

    • At the end, it comes down to personal choices. In ancient past, there were dos and don’ts for plant life as well where certain rules were applied such as not touching or watering plants after sunset, not plucking leaves, not hurting them in any sense.

    • There is a system of prayer called Manas puja in which u do not need either flower nor the idol of diety. By feelings u feel the diety and by feelings u can offer everything to the diety. ( i mean everything). And no plant , no ecosystem, will be disturbed. And not a single penny will be spent. Religion is to achive the supreme without anything.

  • Flowers which would ultimately become fruits are not plucked. Others can be.
    Flowers are not plucked because some flowers have honey which is the flood of small insects.
    Flowers are not plucked at night because we would be bitten by insects which produce allergy.
    Petals of most of flowers are soft and when we offer them we mean respect. That is why wild flowers having hard petals and sometimes having qualities to produce skin allergy, are not offered to Lord.
    Many flowers give out pleasant smell and spread satwic atmosphere. They give out fragrance without asking. Flowers represent symbol of sacrifice.
    Flowers are colourful and attractive and offering what is dear to my mind is also a form of sacrifice as we cannot offer our mind to Lord, but only objects which are dear: like money, fruits, sweets, etc. in a representative fashion.

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