The lotus flower, a perfect analogy of the human condition.

I love to travel. Recently, I took a short trip to Cambodia, to visit the temples of Angkor Wat. Whilst there, I decided to take a rickshaw ride into the countryside around Siem Reap. After an hour or so, I stumbled upon a large field of lotus flowers. Having never seen lotus flowers growing in nature, I excitedly asked my driver to stop. I made my way down from the dusty road, across a long narrow path that took me through muddy pools, and on either side emerged these beautiful flowers. 

I have always been drawn to lotus flowers, not only for their beauty but also for their symbolism. 

A lotus flower begins growing at the bottom of a muddy, murky pool, and slowly emerges toward the surface, bursting out of the water into a beautiful blossom. During the night the lotus closes and sinks under the water, and emerges again with the sunlight of a new day. 

The lotus seeds contain perfectly formed leaves as miniatures of what they will become when it blooms. Its stem is flexible but does not break. As the lotus flower emerges from the mud, and up toward the surface it is completely unstained. 

To me, the lotus in the mud symbolizes the hardships and difficulties of life, or a challenging time we have faced or are facing.  As with the stem growing toward the surface, we also grow through our experiences, through our difficulties, learning lessons along the way, removing obstacles and overcoming our adversities. As the petals unfold, we too unfold, and become like a lotus rising from the murky waters and flowering into something beautiful. Its open blossom stands for enlightenment.

The lotus seeds, containing perfectly formed leaves symbolize our potential. Its flexible stem symbolizes our resilience. As the lotus begins to emerge, this symbolizes never giving up, never quitting when things seem difficult. The blossom of the lotus flower symbolizes enlightenment, our awareness, and our beauty. During the night, the flower closes and sinks, like a cleansing, and then emerges with the light, a renewal.

According to a traditional story, the more muddy and opaque the water, the more beautiful the Lotus flower when it emerges.

As I climbed back onto the road to find my rickshaw driver, a young boy came up to me and reached into my hand, and gave me a pink lotus flower.

“Namaste,” I said, as I gently took the lotus from him, “The light in me sees the light in you”.


40 comments:

  1. Such a great information and I've been looking for this..

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  2. That was pretty cool, there is a song by Radiohead called Lotus Flower, it talks about symbolism too. Proper read!

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  5. I have a spiritual women's group called G.L.O.W. which stands for God's Ladies of Wisdom and the lotus flower is our logo with a woman sitting indian style( legs crossed) like she is either praying or meditating in front of the lotus. I am doing my senior project using my group and researching more information on the lotus flower is interesting because the more I read the more I see that I chose the right flower. The symbolic meanings, how it grows and the colors really confirm and describes what my group is about. Plus, I started my group from a trip to Nepal,Asia when I trekked to Mt. Everest and the flower comes from that side of the world. Everything just ties hand in hand. Great blog.

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    1. Dear Lashonda, it would be really nice if we could have an opportunity to get access to the information and knowledge you gathered about lotus, I am also one of the lotus lover :)

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  7. I think this is very aspiring and I have been going through some hard time and this gave me some hope. Thank you!

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  8. Beautiful. Very inspiring to me right now. Namaste.

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  9. I still enjoy coming back to read this. :)

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  10. Very cool! I had heard this a long time ago but had forgotten. Thanks for the reminder. Very fitting analogy.

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  11. I like! I would then have taken my rickshaw driver for a ride:)

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  18. Hi, could you please share me exactly WHEN did you visit Angkor Wat with lotus blossom there? Thanks

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  21. Namastey!! Thank you so much for sharing this post!!!! Those words you described had so much depth in it. I am a Physical Therapist and I live in Canada and I focus on treating past unresolved chronic injuries through Myofascial Release technique, which focus on origin of the pain rather than treating the symptom. I am revamping my business and wanted some inspiration for my logo and I created lotus like structure and i kept thinking about what inspires my practice, as i was looking for depth, intutiveness, your article showed me the light and truly incredibly resonates with what I believe in...I think it was Law of Attraction that I came across this article....I would like to ask your permission to share this article to some colleagues and my clients, ofcourse I will give you credit as well for what you wrote.... Thank you so much.
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  23. Awesome! I love flowers, as well as symbolism in general. I had no idea that they close and go under during the night and come back up!

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