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Saturday, January 15, 2011

The Lotus


The Lotus flower symbolizes purity, generation, and ultimately divine birth. According to the Lalitavistara, 'the spirit of the best of men is spotless, like the new lotus in the [muddy] water which does not adhere to it'. In Esoteric Buddhism, the heart of the beings is like an unopened lotus: when the virtues of the Buddha develop, the lotus blossoms. This is the reason why the Buddha sits on the Lotus blossom. The Lotus symbolizes the Feminine Principle in Tantra. They are often viewed as metaphors for the development of the individual being towards enlightenment. The Lotus flower stands for the pure aspiration and ascension that is the desire for enlightenment for the sake of others.

In Chinese Herbal Medicine we use the Lotus Flower and it's many parts rather often. Most of it's functions directly relate to the Heart. I find this fascinating how the dots are connected. The Heart leading back to Love and essentially giving birth to creation.

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