Some regard it as the most beautiful vine in the world. Thunbergia mysorensis, a native of Mysore, South India.
Today it is blooming lavishly in our garden. We have 4 or 5 of the vines planted here and there. They grow to be massive, covering half an acre or more, with thousands of inflorensences, which grow down on ever-lengthening tendrils and are about 20 inches long, in bright purple and yellow.
In fact, there is a flower on the vine every day of the year.
The birds love to sit on the yellow lip and drink the nectar it holds.
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