December 10, 2010 Something to marvel at…
From its humble beginnings the lotus flower represents rebirth and purity the lotus flower is a powerful symbol of the yogi as well as such religious cultures as Hinduism, Buddhism and had a significant impact during early Egyptian times as well.
In Hinduism it is told that Lord Brahma was born in the lotus flower that emerged from Vishnu’s navel. Lord Brahma’s face was seen in the perfect petals of the lotus flower representing north, south, east and west and representing all of creation. From each of the four mouths echoed the sounds of OM swirling around together creating the familiar and symbolic sound all yogi’s chant together in peace.
Lotus flower is a symbol of eternity, plenty and good fortune and Goddess Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth, is usually depicted with a lotus flower.
Lotus is a symbol of purity and enlightenment amid ignorance (the smutty swamps in which it grows).
The Lotus in spite of being in water never gets wet. It is not bothered about its surrounding but it blooms and performs its job and vanishes.
In the Buddhist culture the lotus flower symbolizes divine birth. The muddy waters that the lotus is rooted in do not touch the flower and it remains flawless and pure. Buddhists believe that the heart is like an unopened lotus, when the virtues of the Buddha develop then the lotus blossoms. It can be said that when a person opens their heart and lets their inner shine radiate out their true self therefore blossoms and they come to evolve into persons of substance.
How is it that this lovely flower is rooted in the dark muddy waters and remains pure?
” It is said that the journey of this sacred flower reflects the journey of the yogi, we are rooted in the earth, absorbed by the endless cycle of births, deaths ect. These cycles are known as avidya. According to Patanjali, Avidya is one of the greatest obstacles on the path to self-realization. By giving each other labels such as woman, man, race, or religion we fail to see others and ourselves as being part of one whole. Yoga seeks to join or include all beings, no matter how they define themselves.” borrowed from Myths of the Asanas.
As the holiday season approaches it is time to think of one another and be inclusive of people of all walks of life. Time to reflect the year that is almost at a close and time to evolve into the new year with a healthy , happy , giving outlook. Take time out to help someone who can’t help themselves or a family who is less fortunate than yours. Find something in the new year to marvel at and enjoy each day and person who stumbles into your life. Open your heart and mind and let the inner beauty radiate sunlight and warmth to you and others you touch.
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