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Lotus Significance

In Hinduism, the Lotus Flower has its roots since the ancient times.

The flower is associated with Vishnu, who following tender care as he slept, from Lakshmi, was awakened by the creation sound Om. Then follows a Lotus flower blossoming from the naval of Vishnu. A top the Lotus was Brahma, who upon Vishnu’s command created the world. All of the gods and goddesses of Hinduism are associated with a pink Lotus flower, as this is considered to be the most divine and is only awarded to those of the highest standing.

The lotus also represents the highest level of consciousness when in search for enlightenment and purity. In the postures of hatha yoga, padmasana (the lotus position) is assumed by those determined to reach for the ultimate highest level of consciousness which can be found in the lotus chakra at the top of the head.

The bud of the lotus symbolizes potential, specifically of a spiritual nature. The lotus is one of the eight auspicious signs of Buddhism and Hinduism, The eight petals of the white lotus correspond to the Noble Eightfold Path of the Good Law.In spiritual literature from many sources, the lotus is a symbol for the macrocosm and the microcosm, the universe and man. The jewel in the lotus represents the divinity of the cosmos as well as the divinity of man.

The thousand-petaled lotus signifies spiritual illumination. In this case, each opening of the petal is the gradual unfolding of the consciousness on the path of enlightenment. The specific yogic teaching that addresses energy centers within the human being, known as the chakra system, uses a lotus with varied numbers of petals to represent each particular chakra. The crown chakra is the thousand-petaled lotus, and so its blossoming indicates enlightenment.

In Vedic scripture, the body of Lord Krishna, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, is described as being like a bluish new-grown lotus flower. One of the eight auspicious symbols of Indian classical art, the Purankalsa Purnakalasa symbolizes abundance and creativity, and depicts overflowing foliage consisting of lotus buds, lotus flowers and lotus leaves. In many spiritual traditions, lotus flowers are especially sacred as an offering to the divine.

Pervading Eastern philosophy and religion for thousands of years, the lotus feet is a metaphor for the divine feet of the gods, saints and other exalted spiritual beings. Figurative language, analogies and mystic descriptions are used in spiritual instruction throughout many teachings. It is stated by the Lord in the Vedas: “Oh, Human! This village [life] of yours is balanced on the lotus leaf and your lifespan is just alike a drop of water running down that leaf, which may fall any minute.”

In ancient Egypt, spiritual teachings held that the lotus represented the sun, and therefore, creation and rebirth. This stemmed from the way the lotus flower closes its petals at night and sinks underwater, to rise and open the petals again at dawn. So it was said that the lotus gave birth to the sun

The Lotus is a symbol of purity and enlightenment in the Buddhist culture, and different colours of Lotus are known to symbolize different aspects of spirituality. In Buddhism the blue Lotus flower is symbolic with a victory over the spirit of self, that is to say being able to leave wisdom, intelligence, and knowledge behind and becoming open to spirituality

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