Ancients saw how this perfect flower rose from the swamp and mud, and formed a divinely beautiful, spotless bloom. This kindled Buddhist belief that humans also need to rise up through the mud and dirt of the human world to become divine.
The lotus also inspired the great Chinese philosopher Confucius: “I have a love for the lotus, while growing in mud it still remains unstained.”
And so, the lotus became the symbol for purity, rebirth, and divinity for many religions, and for spiritually minded people.
See the gorgeous photos of them in bloom at the Lotus Park in Luoyang in central China’s Henan Province on July 13. Lotus blooms are spectacular and fragrant, but usually only last around three days, so it’s a very special occasion at the park.