Open the green cover of a dragonfly hovering over a lotus, and delight in the Pink Lotus Flowers rising from a shallow lake. You can almost smell the soft powdery fragrance, and sense the tranquility.
Lotus flowers are called the Flower of Life because of their association with the cycle of life, death, and rebirth.
Be like a lotus. Let the beauty of your heart speak. Be grateful to the mud, water, air and the light. ~ Amit Ray
We need the mud in order to make the lotus. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh
The sacred lotus creates a relaxing sensation of euphoria, and increases vibrations of the heart.
Life has many petals.
No mud, no lotus.
The lotus is a beautiful flower that grows out of muddy ponds. Bringing the lotus and the koi together further represent pain, struggle, and growth. Just as the koi started as a little fish and grew into a strong dragon, the lotus starts out in a dirty pond but still becomes beautiful. After monsoon rains, Lotus Flowers grow upwards from the bottom of pools of water. So the flower came to represent immortality and resurrection.
Tradition And History
The lotus comes with its own rich Asian traditions. The sacred perennial blossom holds a special place for followers of several major world religions including Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs and Jains. It represents struggle, change and growth
The history of a lotus and its symbolism is long, rich and treasured. Egyptian mythology connects the very beginning of life on earth to the blooming of a lotus from the sea. In Middle Eastern cultures, the lotus still remains a symbol of origin and reincarnation.
The Chinese consider a lotus to represent all that is pure and beautiful about women, and is said to inspire marital harmony. In the West, a lotus stands for new beginnings, and a search for meaning. Interestingly, regardless of regional differences, the lotus flower is always a positive symbol.
More Cultural Meaning
In Hinduism, the sacred lotus known as ‘Padma’ is the embodiment of divine purity and beauty associated with the Creators – Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahma. The opening of its petals are thought to indicate the expansion of the soul and spiritual awakening. Pink lotus flowers are the national flower of India.
Followers of the Buddha believe that he was born from a lotus whose 8 petals represent the Eightfold Path. A lotus that originates in muddy water yet retains its purity symbolizes the soul which remains pristine and flawless despite a worldly existence. Pink lotus flowers are often associated with Buddhism. A pink lotus with a closed bud represents passing through the spiritual path, while a fully-bloomed one means enlightenment. Our popup has two of each :)
Even in classical and contemporary literature, the lotus highlights messages of importance and significance. Zhou Dunyi, an 11th century Confucian scholar, noted the lotus remains unstained despite blooming in mud and slime.
No wonder the lotus has come to symbolize purity, new beginnings, hope, endurance and long-lasting beauty. It stands for a pure body, clean speech and clear thinking.
The Lotus flowers’ connection with a deeper meaning is instinctive across cultures, religions and geography.
Lotus Flower Tradition and History by Christopher Owers
What’s the difference between a Water Lily and a Lotus flower?
The biggest difference is that water lily leaves and flowers both float on the water’s surface while lotus leaves and flowers are emergent, or rise above the water’s surface.