The Lotus Flower and its Timeless Significance
With the emergence of the sun, life is born. And with this emergence, the lotus flower acquires a special meaning and timeless significance. As the bearer of creation, the lotus flower holds a special place in mythology, in nature, in our lives. It symbolizes not only creation, but the timeless and continual process of birth and rebirth. At night, the lotus flower sleeps. At sunrise, with the waking of the sun, the lotus flower emerges to life. Just as in nature. Life is born, and reborn. Man dies, to be born again. Just as in Christianity, Jesus Christ died to the sins of the world to be resurrected to a new, profoundly spiritual realm. Just as in Buddhism, the Buddha rose above all earthly pleasures and desires to a new world of enlightenment.
The Lotus Flower and its Divine Beauty
The lotus flower has indeed acquired a special significance over the centuries. Be it in Greek mythology, ancient Hindu scriptures and pictography, or Buddhist lore—the lotus flower signifies a flawless and timeless divine beauty. The lotus flower’s opening petals symbolize the potential for the soul to expand and blossom into beauty and divinity. They symbolize the surrender of the mind to the powers above. They symbolize an openness and submissiveness even as the roots are mired in the muddy worldliness and sin.
Look at pictures of the Buddha. He is seen meditating on a lotus flower. He is also seen holding a lotus flower in each hand. Or, look at paintings of the Hindu gods. You see the Goddess Lakshmi, patron of wealth and good fortune, sitting on a fully-bloomed pink lotus flower, a lotus in her right hand.
Go to the annals of Greek mythology. And you read about Ra, the sun god, emerging from lotus petals from the very depths of Nun, or watery chaos.
The stories are many. The significance of the lotus flower is divinely profound. That so many ancient and even contemporary cultures respect and worship the lotus flower with such fervor is indeed a wonder to behold.