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!
The letter "Ya" in the Panchakshara Mantra, Namasivaya, stands for the soul. Bodhinatha uses the Panchakshara Mantra to show how the soul is initially drawn by Siva's veiling grace, which leads the soul to maturity through experience in the world. Then comes Siva's revealing grace. When we've had enough of the world, Siva's grace pulls us toward God. The mantra also has the simple, two-syllable form. Si- Reflecting on God the Transcendent Absolute, Va-God as the All Pervading Consciousness