The Flower of Intoxication

In this week's Spot, Sadhguru shares his experience with a certain flower. "I have had a strange relationship with the sampige flower right through my life...It is very fragrant to a point where it will intoxicate you." Sadhguru writes about the many significant occasions where the sampige somehow made its way into his life. Enjoy!
 
 
 
 

I have had a strange relationship with the sampige flower right through my life. It is called “shenbagam” in Tamil. It is a yellowish flower; in some places, it is slightly reddish. It is very fragrant to a point where it will intoxicate you. If you keep a few flowers in the house, you will feel dizzy in the head. It was my mother’s favorite flower; she always made sure to have at least one flower in the home during the season.

Before Vijji and I moved to the ashram, we had been traveling like gypsies for twelve years. When we moved into the house, she took it upon herself to plant a sampige tree. She said, "This was your mother’s favorite flower, this should be the first plant in our house." Six or eight months later, the plant had grown, but there was no flower. But on the morning of Pournami, a flower came up. Vijji said she wanted to pluck it and put it to my mother’s picture. I said, “Don’t bother, let it be in the tree, it is the first flower.” She was all excited that the first flower came on Pournami. It was on that night that she had prepared to leave and she did.

It was my mother’s favorite flower; she always made sure to have at least one flower in the home during the season.

There have been many other incidents for me and this sampige tree. There is a hill called “Biligiri Ranganabetta” in Karnataka, it is known as “BR Hills.” It is one of the most fantastic places in terms of nature and wildlife. I have had a certain relationship with these hills because I cycled up when I was very young. I camped and trekked there; it is absolutely wild - full of elephants, buffalo, tigers and bears. At one point, even Veerappan chose to be there. There is a place in the BR Hills called “Dodda Sampige” which means “big sampige.” The sampige tree is distorted with age, all knotted up and huge. Normally, sampige trees do not last very long, but they say this one is over 6,000 years old, and that Agastya Muni planted it. He sat there 6,000 years ago, meditated and blessed the tree; that is the legend.

Somehow, things happened between me and the sampige tree on many occasions. I have had a little bit of romance with this tree.

Love & Grace

 
 
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4 years 8 months ago

Very nice story about Sampige hu

4 years 8 months ago

May I should have romance with coffee tree, all inclusive :-)

4 years 8 months ago

Wow! Something so beautiful to write about in a weekly blog. I love this flower myself and have offered it to Sannidhi many times without knowing this background...:)

4 years 8 months ago

Jaya, Coffee costs you money & Dehydrates the brain and Body. Kriya Practice costs you a little time and fully Rehydrates your Life on many many levels. stop pleading and Practice more & more

4 years 8 months ago

Every week Wednesday...a flower blossoms inside us...in the form of Sadhguru Spot... May your grace guide us and dissolve us....

4 years 8 months ago

I also romance with Rose flowers. I have few rose plants in our garden and I like to keep roses around me and when I smell them, I also feel it is so intoxicating... but I'm going to get champaka plant... :) :) Devi Lalithambika is also called "Champakashoka punnaga sougandhi kalasathkacha". Now you also say champ aka is your favorite. I need it now. :) This time I missed seeing you during your US trip Sadhguru. But I will see you next time during SFo sathsang. Can't wait for your darshan!

4 years 8 months ago

Beautifully written. Love the narration. Thank you, Sadguru.

4 years 8 months ago

Namaskaram, after doing article reading sadhana I found that "Addiction shrinks you, devotion enhances you"- Sadhguru, I bow down.

4 years 8 months ago

Similar kind of story goes with me, my mother planted that in my house. .. Till I was 19 yrs I used to collect all the flowers made a mala out of it and used to offer it lord hanuman, the no. of flowers would go to 150 . There is another sampenge which is in green colour, that is even more mesmerizing

4 years 7 months ago

i used to make garland out of green sampenge flowers which grow as a creeper and offer it to lord dakshinamoorthy ( shiva in the form of guru) every thursday. when i later became isha meditator , then i saw in forest flower, a photo of sadhguru wearing a similar garland of sampenge... i then knew who was accepting my offering!!!

4 years 8 months ago

Here in Bali we call it Cempaka and it is one of the main flowers we use to mix with ceremonial water, tirta, to make it fragrant.

4 years 7 months ago

Wish these bloom in my garden soon.

4 years 8 months ago

In Kannada it is called ಸಂಪಿಗೆ.

3 years 10 months ago

wow.. I am unable to believe what happened to me just now.. Reading this artice and listning to AUM NAMAHA SHIVAYA on my earphones....I kept my left hand beneath my chin suddenly I started getting a tingling smell of that sampangi flower from my hand!! Bliss !! I havenot completed reading the article totally yet but this is the most beautiful thing happened to me

4 years 8 months ago

As Sadhguru says, it has a special overpowering fragrance that is unforgettable. Unique and Divine, it is a flower fit for the Gods and the Guru!

1 year 11 months ago

Greetings! Very useful advice within this article! It's the little changes which will make the most significant changes. Thanks a lot for sharing!

4 years 8 months ago

What a wonderful flower <3

4 years 8 months ago

A flower in the twilight bloomed
And spread its fragrance far and wide
Sadhguru happened, divinely attuned
And now we enjoying the liberation ride.........

Pranams to Sadhguru