Thursday, 12 May 2016

The Symbolism of the Lotus and the Muddy Pond

                 “The spirit of the best of men is spotless, like the new lotus in the muddy water 
                   which does not adhere to it.”

This beautiful flower gains its symbolism from the fact that it begins its life deeply rooted in the muddy pond. It then sprouts out of the muddy water and flowers above it, in a manner which its petals do not touch the pond’s mud or slime. Therefore, as a symbol, the lotus can represent growing up in a world that is full of various conflicts and impurity, while having the ability to rise above it and remain untouched. This state of remaining ‘untouched’ allows for “enlightenment;” define as:

“A blessed state in which the individual transcends desire and suffering and attains Nirvana.” -TheFree


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