The Way of Enlightenment: Lotus Flower

What's down in the dark and then greeting the sun? Yes! That's how it is! It is you, in the lotus position, to make the sequence of sunshine! But there is also the lotus flower from where everything started, everything. Below is some information about the mysterious flower that, hopefully, will broaden your horizons and bring you closer to sunlight and enlightenment.

Originally from Eastern Asia and Australia, the lotus is generally cultivated for its pink or vibrant white flowers. It is called Lotus Indian or Lotus Sacred and is known in Egypt and on the African continent as the white lotus, Egyptian or white lily.

The lotus flower has been a powerful spiritual symbol in many cultures over time. In Buddhism, Hinduism and Egyptian culture, the lotus is considered a sacred flower.
Among its many meanings, the lotus is a symbol of spontaneous formation, representing divine birth, spiritual development, and creation.

The lotus symbolizes the potential and, more specifically, the spiritual one. Because the lotus grows out of muddy water, maturing in a pure, clean plant, it has come to mean purity and rebirth.

Like lotus flowers, which go through many obstacles to reach the sunlight and graceful maturity, individual consciousness encounters the same weights until it comes to enlightenment, obtaining a clear mind without the impurities of a muddy thought.

The Mahayana Sect of Buddhism claims that all souls originate in a lotus flower.
According to ancient texts detailing the life of Gautama Buddha, he would have said:

"[...] the spirit of the best people is spotless, like a raw lotus flower in a dark water that does not stick to it."

Like the lure that is pure and sedimentary in unclean water, so the soul of man is flawless.

The lotus flower is one of the eight symbols of luck in the Buddhist and Hindu tradition.

Lotus with eight petals, which are represented in Buddhist mandalas, means cosmic harmony. The eight petals of the lotus meant the noble 8-track path of the Good Law. This eight-petalled flower is at the heart of the Garbhadhatu mandala and is regarded as the birthplace of the creation.
Nipple with a thousand petals signifies spiritual enlightenment. In this case, the opening of a row of petals represents the gradual development of consciousness on the path of enlightenment. Yoga teachings that assign energy centers to certain specific points in the body, called chakras, use lotus flowers with a different number of petals to represent each individual chakra. The Chakra crown is assigned the lotus with a thousand petals, symbolizing enlightenment.

The Buddhist mantra, "Man mani Padme hum", translates as "the lotus jewel," which is an expression that represents enlightenment. It is believed that this mantra has a great mystical power and shelters a transcendental truth.

In the Buddhist and Hindu writings, it is explained that:

"[...] Om Mani Padme hum signifies not only the divine jewel man who lives in the lotus (representing here cosmos), and jewel cosmic divinity dwells in the lotus (signifying here man)".

In other words, the mantra tries to convey the message "I am in you, and you in me", thus exemplifying the union of all that exists and emphasizing the divine potential of the whole creation.
In ancient Egypt, spiritual teachings regarded the lily as a representation of the sun. This belief was inspired by how the flower of the lily closed and sank deep into the dark water at night, that it rose in the morning and unwrapped the petals again. So it came to the belief that the sun was born out of the lotus.

In esoteric Buddhism, the heart of any being is seen as an unopened lotus. When the spirit of the Buddha begins to develop into consciousness, the lotus (the heart) begins to flourish. This is why the Buddha is often represented on a blooming lotus.

"Ah, man, this village (meaning your life) is in balance on a leaf of lotus, and your existence is like a drop of water that flows over the leaf and what it can fall at any time."

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