THE LOTUS FLOWER

 

The Lotus Flower

is one of the most ancient and deepest symbols of our planet.

It is the Symbol of Purity and Great Beauty!

The roots of a lotus are in the mud, the stem grows up through the water,

and the heavily scented flower lies pristinely above the water,

basking in the sunlight.

This magnificent flower emerges from the dirty and unclean bottom of a pond,

but still remains untouched and unstained by the dirt and mud surrounding it in the pond.

This pattern of growth signifies the progress of the soul from the primeval mud of materialism,

through the waters of experience, and into the bright sunshine of enlightenment.

Because the lotus grows from the mud and finds its way through purifying water to open to the sunlight,

the flower also is seen as a metaphor for the path of the individual toward enlightenment,

ultimately representing the highest aspiration--

seeking enlightenment for the sake of others.

 

What makes the lotus flower so special?

The lotus flower sheds its seeds and blooms at the same time.

The serene beauty of the lotus flower and its ability to blossom in even the murkiest of waters

speaks volumes to their powerful, vital force.

The lotus flower grows in muddy water and rises above the surface to bloom.

  Lotuses grow out of the mud pure, clean, untouched by the impurity, and with remarkable beauty.

Untouched by the impurity, the lotus flower symbolizes the purity of heart and mind.

The lotus flower represents long life, health, honor and good fortune.

At night the lotus flower closes

and sinks underwater.

 

at dawn it rises and opens again.

 

 

Lotus seeds have been found to last for thousands of years,

fully retaining their ability to germinate --

a fitting metaphor for how we often find ourselves experiencing renewal

after enduring the worst of situations.

 

 

The Blue Lotus -

 In Eastern traditions, the blue lotus represents the victory of the spirit over the senses

and signifies the wisdom of knowledge.

The blue lotus symbolizes that which urges us to

seek new and edifying experiences.

The blue lotus flower is a symbol of the victory of the spirit over the senses,

and signifies the wisdom of knowledge. 

     The lotus flower has been considered through the ages,

both in Egypt and in India,

as a symbol of the internal and external Universe.

 

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