SYMBOLISM. Lotus flower
The Lotus flower meaning is shared across several cultures.
The Lotus slowly emerges from a pond or muddy water over a three day period and then blooms in the morning until mid-afternoon.
As the flower retreats back into the water during the hours of darkness, to rise again at dawn and is therefore sometimes seen as a symbol of death and rebirth.
In Buddhism, the lotus flower rising and blooming above the murk to symbolizes enlightenment and spiritual awakening. It can also represent purification of the spirit and faithfulness.
The many different colors have come to be associated with different aspects of Buddhism.
Blue- victory of spirit over wisdom.
The blue flower (actually a form of water lily not lotus) also contains a psychotropic substance called apromorphine. In Greek mythology, the ‘lotus eaters’ lived in a state of hedonistic bliss brought about by eating the seeds.
White- state of mental purity
Purple- the eight fold path
Pink – considered to be the true lotus
Red – associated with love and compassion
In Hinduism, the lotus flower meaning is associated with beauty, fertility, prosperity, spirituality, and eternity. It is considered to represent a wise and spiritually enlightened quality in a person.
In Egypt the flower related to rebirth and the sun , as the bloom retreats back into the water during the night
The flower is also one of the eight auspicious symbols within Chinese and Tibetan iconography
The tight bud of the flower is symbolic of the universe
The 4 elements can be seen within the lotus. The seed (earth) Awakened by the sun (fire) The blossom exists in the air & lives within water.
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