God’s favorite flower the lotus has earned such a reputation by appearing front and center in religious myths around the world. Considered to be perfection in form, the lotus has been associated with many creation myths. With its radiating petals, the lotus connotes the “divine vulva” that gave birth to the gods and goddesses of ancient religions. These deities are often depicted in the company of this pristine flower. It became a sacred symbol for all that is beautiful on earth, and a reflection of divinity, purity and eternity.
In India, the “thousand-petaled lotus” (padma) was visualized as the mouth or doorway of the universe, so it’s not surprising that it was thought of as the idealized vulva through which all life was delivered. And no surprise that all the primary deities in the Hindu pantheon are depicted with the lotus. Some sit at its center, some stand or recline, and they’re usually shown holding another lotus. Lord Vishnu, one of the three gods of the Hindu triad (trimurti), is described as having the lotus springing from his navel, from which Brahma was born. Lord Krishna was called the “lotus-eyed one”, a reference to his divine beauty.
The perfection of the lotus bloom has inspired humans to the highest aspirations. Seeing the lotus blossom “floating” on the water, its petals opening to the sun – this has long been the perfect analogy of the human soul opening to the light of the divine. That is springs from the mud seems like a miracle, all the more so because its petals appear free of any dirt or slime.
In its bud form, it is seen as the folded heart with the potential to open up and attain divine realization through spiritual practice and commitment. The folded lotus is therefore a symbol of the greatest human achievement – the journey from ignorance to enlightenment – and suggests that it is a natural consequence of human existence.
In Tantra and Yoga philosophy, the body’s seven energy centers (or “chakras”) are crowned at the top of the skull by the “thousand-petaled lotus” which symbolizes the attainment of enlightenment.
In both the Hindu and Buddhist religions, the lotus is the symbol of freedom from attachment. This refers again to the lotus being in perfect relationship with its surroundings – totally within the world without being mired or touched by it. In a word, “harmony”. Hindu scriptures describe the “lotus in the heart”, the resting place of Atman, the soul. From this centre, like the petals of the lotus opening to the light of the sun, beams the light of the soul.
For ancient Egyptians, the lotus was a solar symbol. The spread and span of its petals were the sun’s rays, the giver of light and life. With each dawn, the petals opened, closed at night and opened again with the rising sun, representing rebirth andÂ renewal. The blue lotus (also known as the blue lily of the Nile) was considered the most sacred. It was the symbol of modesty and cleanliness. The seeds of the lotus can remain dormant in dry riverbeds for 200 years waiting for the rains, at which time the blossoms emerge from the mud radiant and unsullied. The lotus was regarded by early Egyptians asÂ symbolsÂ of resurrection and life eternal.
The lotus in its bud form was the symbol of the upper Kingdom of Egypt. Lotus wreaths were used in funerary ritual as rebirthÂ symbols. In temples and on tombs, the gods and royalty were depicted holding the lotus in their hands.
In many Eastern religions, the lotus carries the same significance as the rose does in Christianity. Just as the “Rose of Sharon” – a flower that blooms in the desert – is the symbol of Christ, the lotus likewise emerges from the mud as the symbol of the Buddha in many parts of Asia. Â lotus tattoo design done in morbid tattoo parlor in cash and carry mall Makati Manila, Philippines.