What Does the Divine Lotus Flower Mean to You? (Photos)

A pink lotus flower. (Image: Weibo.com)
A pink lotus flower. (Image: Weibo.com)

In Chinese culture, lotus blooms represent highly virtuous people who maintain a high moral standard in a corrupted society.

At night, this beautiful flower closes and sinks underwater, then rises and opens again at dawn. Although its roots are in the swampy water, the flower sits above the mud, and is clean and fragrant, untouched by any impurities.

The sacred lotus is one of the most well-known symbols of Buddhism. And it is one of the “Eight Auspicious Symbols” that refer to purity of the body, speech, and mind.

It also depicts the idea of being detached from emotions because drops of water slide easily off its petals.

This is a lotus flower (Image: Weibo.com)

A gorgeous blue lotus flower. (Image: Weibo.com)

Water lilies sitting on the surface of the water. (Image: Weibo.com)

A white water lily. (Image: Weibo.com)

This is not, is a Water Lily (Image: Weibo.com)

A water lily. (Image: Weibo.com)

Another Water Lily

A beautiful white lotus. (Image: Weibo.com)

A pink lotus flower. (Image: Weibo.com)

A pink lotus flower. (Image: Weibo.com)

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Blue water lilies. (Image: Weibo.com)

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Can you spot the difference? (Image: Weibo.com)

Just like the lotus, we have the ability to rise from the mud, rise into the light, and radiate out to the world.

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A creamy yellow water lily. (Image: Weibo.com)

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A dark blue water lily. (Image: Weibo.com)

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A pink lotus rising above the water. (Image: Weibo.com)

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A pink lotus beginning to bloom. (Image: Weibo.com)

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A spectacular lotus in full bloom. (Image: Weibo.com)

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A red lotus bud. (Image: Weibo.com)

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A radiant lotus blossom and bud. (Image: Weibo.com)

For those of you who’d like to know the difference between a water lily and a lotus, I posted this video. I don’t particularly like the music, but you can mute it to enjoy the images and the message!


Research by Ming Yue

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