Learn From The Lotus

 

Learn from the LotusThe lotus is associated with purity, faithfulness and spiritual awakening. Buddhist, Hindu, and Egyptian religions as well as other cultures consider the lotus flower to be a sacred symbol, depicting deities as seated on or holding a lotus.

The lotus is represented in the well-known Buddhist mantra; ‘Om Mani Padme Hum’ which is translated as, ‘the jewel is in the lotus’. It is believed that this mantra holds great mystical power and deep truth. The jewel can be interpreted as inner divine potential within our hearts. *(You can listen to a version of this mantra at the bottom of the page.)

According to Buddhism, everyone has potential to become enlightened. This involves the painful process of rectifying past mistakes through reincarnation. Humans, not conscious of their own spiritual greatness, perceive life as unfair and meaningless. As our consciousness evolves through cycles of death and rebirth, darkness is slowly removed.

“Enlightenment must come little by little-otherwise it would overwhelm.” ~ Idries Shaw

The growth pattern of the lotus illustrates the enlightenment progress of the human soul. The seed begins in the mud and pushes its way up through the water until it beautifully rises above the water into the sunlight. The mud symbolizes our worldly concerns of want and desire, seeing ourselves from the perspective of individual consciousness. The water symbolizes our experiences that make us grow, expanding the soul. The sun symbolizes the light of spiritual enlightenment, learning that we are connected to all and that the Divine resides within us. 

No matter what your belief system, we can see the lotus flower within ourselves. 

“Like the lotus, you experience three primary stages of evolution. The first is marked by ignorance and darkness, when you lie below the dense mud – a closed chysalis – which, by nature of existence, will eventually be pulled upwards by the warmth of the Sun. The second is exemplified by the climb through the clouded waters of your emotional experience, yet still the flower reaches to the Sun, knowing no other destiny … no other purpose. The third brings full illumination in the splendour of the light. The Lotus flower blossoms, baring its exquisite beauty to all those who are aware enough to recognise God unfolding.” ~Patricia Cori