The Divine Lotus

Surely we have all been fascinated at some point by how the how the lotus is able to emerge from muddy waters, un-spoilt and pure! I recently became curious about the symbolism of this magical flower and came upon some interesting writings, which you might like to read:

Essentially, it is a symbol of awakening to the spiritual reality of life in Hinduism and Buddhism. Though the meaning varies a little between these religions, both traditions place importance on it. In Hinduism many Gods and Goddesses are linked or depicted with the lotus flower. It is also considered to represent a wise and spiritually enlightened quality in a person; and is representative of somebody who carries out their tasks with little concern for any reward and with a full liberation from attachment. In Buddhism the lotus is known to be associated with purity, spiritual awakening and faithfulness – the flower is considered pure as it is able to emerge from murky waters in the morning and be perfectly clean. Gautam Buddha has this beautiful quote – “Water surrounds the lotus flower, but does not wet its petals.” 

Oddly, it took many months to complete this particular painting, even though it is a really small one! I think I was going through an unclear phase in life which reflected in the painting process. However, I persevered, and this added to some of the inspiration of tuning into the lotus… the ability to emerge out of my own unclear muddy water and learn to constantly strive for the light! 🙂


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