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.
"Adjust yourself to the realization that you are a divine being, a self-effulgent, radiant being of light."
Jyoti is the Sanskrit word for inner light. To bestow on devotees terms that were more specific, Gurudeva developed the Shum Language of Meditation. In Shum the word for the light that lights up the mind is balikana. During Shum meditation there is an indrawing of forces to realize balikana, a moon-like glow, leading to iftye a deeper kind of inner light which, in turn, leads to milinaka, a sustained iftye which doesn't go away and can be sustained after we've finished our meditation.