Autumn falls today, and how beautiful it is to write about lotus this time. Each different culture, the ancient Egyptians, the Buddhists, or Hinduism, has its own meaning for the lotus flower, yet they all relate to each other in some most original features.
Since the ancient time, lotus has been observed as a symbol of rebirth. The Egyptians associated the lotus flower with the sun which also disappeared in the night, only to re-emerge in the morning. The Sun and the creation were seen profoundly in the pure existence of a lotus. What is dead may never die, and only rises above stronger. Death may be the end, but just temporary, for lotus blooms gloriously over resurrection.
In Buddhism, the lotus is known to be associated with purity, spiritual awakening and faithfulness. You see, a lotus flower is able to emerge from murky waters in the morning and appear perfectly clean, which no words can describe better. Therefore, quite similar to Egyptian mythology, the lotus is also seen as a symbol of rebirth, but furthermore, it is even associated with purity. A pure resurrection. The mighty rise from underwater, breaking through the surface, to grow stronger every morning conveys a deep meaning, which leads to it being associated with spiritual enlightenment.
How many times have you seen a lotus flower? And are there different kinds of lotus? If yes, how do you feel? Do you find anything profound in the flower for yourself?
Here, in Vietnam, the symbol of Lotus Flower is clearer than ever, and almost stemming from Buddhism. From what I have acknowledged, there are five main colors, as five main glories to be perceived in lotus. This world is full of natural wonders with different aspects, and they seem to lie all in this beautiful flower.
Do you like blue? The blue ocean? You know, the blue lotus flower is associated with a victory of the spirit over that of wisdom, intelligence, and knowledge. In any Buddhist art, you will notice that the blue lotus is always depicted as being partially open and the center is never observed.
A white lotus flower is known to symbolize Bodhi (being awakened) and represents a state of mental purity, and that of spiritual perfection; it is also associated with the pacification of one’s nature. This lotus is considered to be the womb of the world.
Meanwhile, the purple one, which I have rarely known about, it is considered to be Mystic and is associated with esoteric sects. It can be shown depicted as either an open flower or as a bud. The eight petals of the purple Lotus are representative of the noble eightfold path; one of the principal teachings of the Buddha. Following this path is thought to lead to self-awakening, and is considered one of the noble truths.
A pink lotus flower is the supreme lotus and is considered to be the true lotus of Buddha.
Finally, a red lotus is related to the heart, and the Lotus flower meaning is associated with that of love and compassion.
For what it’s worth, here is how we admire completely the existence of a mighty lotus.