I bloom in unclean and muddy pond but still i am a symbol of beauty, prosperity, fertility, spiritualism, eternity, love, passion and all other qualities of the heart. I am the flower of Avalokiteshvara, the bodhisattva of compassion and a proof that good things can come out of the muck, and i am called lotus.
In Hinduism, the lotus (Sanskrit: padma) primarily represents beauty and non-attachment. The lotus is rooted in the mud but floats on the water without becoming wet or muddy. This symbolizes how one should live in the world in order to gain release from rebirth: without attachment to one’s surroundings.
The lotus is associated with several Hindu deities. Krishna is described as the “Lotus-Eyed One,” referring to his divine beauty. Brahma and Lakshmi, the deities of potence and wealth, are often seen with the lotus symbol.
In Buddhism the lotus flower is known to be associated with purity, spiritual awakening, a symbol of fortune faithfulness.The flower is considered pure as it is able to emerge from murky waters in the morning and be perfectly clean.
The color of the lotus has an important bearing on the symbology associated with it:
White Lotus (Sanskrit. pundarika): This represents the state of spiritual perfection and total mental purity (bodhi). It is associated with the White Tara and proclaims her perfect nature, a quality which is reinforced by the color of her body.
Pink Lotus (Sanskrit. padma): This the supreme lotus, generally reserved for the highest deity. Thus naturally it is associated with the Great Buddha himself.
Red Lotus (Sanskrit. kamala): This signifies the original nature and purity of the heart (hrdya). It is the lotus of love, compassion, passion and all other qualities of the heart. It is the flower of Avalokiteshvara, the bodhisattva of compassion.
Blue Lotus (Sanskrit. utpala): This is a symbol of the victory of the spirit over the senses, and signifies the wisdom of knowledge. Not surprisingly, it is the preferred flower of Manjushri, the bodhisattva of wisdom.
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