Meditation on the Mystery of Flowers


Salvador Dali, “Meditative Rose”


Remy de Gourmont, “Litanies of the Rose”

“Rose with dark eyes, 
mirror of your nothingness, 
rose with dark eyes,
make us believe in the mystery,
hypocrite flower,
flower of silence.

Rose the colour of pure gold,
oh safe deposit of the ideal,
rose the colour of pure gold,
give us the key of your womb,
hypocrite flower,
flower of silence.

Rose the colour of silver,
censer of our dreams,
rose the colour of silver,
take our heart and turn it into smoke,
hypocrite flower,
flower of silence.”


“One of the chief meanings of floral symbolism is that which relates to the feminine or passive principle of manifestation, Prakriti or universal substance. In this respect, the flower is equivalent to a number of other symbols, among which the most important is the cup. Like the cup, the flower by its very form evokes the notion of ‘receptacle’, which Prakriti is as regards the influences emanating from Purusha, and one commonly speaks of the calyx [i.e., cup or chalice] of a flower. On the other hand, the blossoming of this same flower simultaneously represents the development of manifestation itself, considered as a production of Prakriti. This double sense is particularly clear in a case such as that of the lotus which, in the East, is the symbolic flower of flowers and which has the special characteristic of blooming on the surface of the water; and as we have explained elsewhere, this surface always represents the domain of a certain state of manifestation, or the plane of reflection of the ‘celestial Ray’ which expresses the influence of Purusha exercised on this domain in order to realise the possibilities potentially contained therein, enveloped in the primordial indifferentiation of Prakriti.”

René Guénon, “Fundamental Symbols: The Universal Language of Sacred Science”


“I am the flower of the field and the lily of the valleys.”

Song of Salomon

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16 Responses to Meditation on the Mystery of Flowers

  1. “[S]He who see into the secret inner life of the plant, into the stirring of its powers, and observes how the flower gradually unfolds itself, sees the matter with quite different eyes– [s]he knows what [s]he sees.” –Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


  2. This is a wonderful read.


  3. A most beautiful image. One which conjures peace and harmony as the ‘rose’ appears in a world of perfect choice. Thank you for a sweet beginning to the day.


  4. lampmagician says:

    Reblogged this on lampmagician and commented:


  5. Pingback: Meditation on the Mystery of Flowers | lampmagician

  6. The Dali image is so simple for him and so powerful. The flower is a collector too…of dew…of rain…maybe of other ‘others…’ The idea of the ‘cup’ relating to the flower opens up a wealth of images and associations. Very beautiful ideas.


  7. Lovely post and a wonderful image to go along with your mystery of flowers post. Thoroughly enjoyed this one Monika 🙂


  8. Beema Noel says:

    Reblogged this on A Rosemont Way ~ Our Journey of Awakening and commented:
    The silent rose before you reflects the heart/temple of your own soul and the heart/soul of god creator/maintainer/destroyer. It’s both the door and temple sanctuary of divine truth. And so I say; “the universal way of mystic awakening is well called “A Rosemont Way”


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