In almost every religion, we can find various symbols and representations of flowers, the reason being that these flowers often emerge from the dirt and mud and still remain clean, thus expressing the essence of the religion. The defining flower symbol of Buddhism is the lotus, which is able to be reborn perfectly clean in the morning from the dark, muddy water, which is why the lotus flower symbolizes purity, spiritual awakening and loyalty.
Just as a flower lifts its beautiful flower out of dark, mud-contaminated water and conquers with its irresistible beauty, so a person can rise from the darkness of the world to a new level of thinking and lifestyle. Therefore, this flower is a symbol of rebirth, it represents the growth and purification of the spirit and at the same time faith. It shows that it is possible to emerge from the dark, problem-laden world and the most hopeless environment and create harmony and peace within ourselves.
In Buddhism, the lotus represents the following virtues:
The stage of growth of the lotus flower refers to the stage of enlightenment: the closed flower or bud symbolizes the time when a Buddhist finds the path to enlightenment, while the fully open flower symbolizes enlightenment. That is why Buddhas and Bodhisattvas are often depicted sitting or standing on an open lotus flower.
The eight petals of the lotus represent the Noble Eightfold Path, which is one of the Buddha's most important teachings. By following this path, we reach the awakening of ourselves, and the factors of which are:
The lotus flower is depicted with different colors and each color has a different meaning:
Blue lotus: symbolizes the victory of the spirit, wisdom and common sense. In Buddhist art, it is always depicted half-open, its center is never visible, which means that one must constantly strive to learn, to acquire wisdom in order to achieve enlightenment.
White lotus: symbolizes the state of spiritual purity and spiritual perfection, as well as the heart of the Buddhas and the conqueror of the obstacles of human nature.
Purple lotus: represents mysticism and spirituality. It is also depicted as an open flower and a bud.
Pink lotus: this is the supreme lotus and is considered the true lotus of the Buddha, it symbolizes the Buddha himself, His history and legends.
Red lotus: associated with the heart, symbolizing love, the bonds of the heart and compassion. It is usually depicted as an open flower, symbolizing an open and loving heart.
Golden Lotus: the symbol of complete and total enlightenment.
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