Yogi Jothinatha cares for the gardens in the front of our property and has propagated a lot of Solenostemon plants, this popular ornamental is commonly known as “Coleus”.
This delicate herbacious perennial thrives in Hawaii as long as it gets enough water and is happiest in a slightly shaded area.
It is noted for the lovely colors of its’ leaves.
Mature plants throw up a delicate inflorescence stem with tiny blue flowers.
This design is fairly common, but the plant is self-hybridizing and cross-pollinating and new arrays of colors are constantly magically being born month after month as if some designer deva were having fun with a color palette making ever new coleus designs.
Green with a maroon center…
Rich purple with a bright violet center…
OK so, let’s mix it up now… bright green leaves with a maroon inner veins and put the violet center inside that!
Bodhinatha's Latest Upadeshas: "The Difference in Practice of Theism and Monism" (September 3, 2014)
During a puja we're in Theism, to receive the blessings of the Deity. After a puja we can go within our self in meditation, giving up the idea of an external Deity, Monism. Monistic Theism: Advaita Ishvaravada. Advaita means the Monism; Ishvara means the Theism.
In Shum we use two words that relate to that: shumif and dimfi. First, perfect your Theism. Then become a monist. That's called Saiva Siddhanta; one leads to the other.