23 January, 2012

Happy Chinese New Year

The Lotus Flower
I came across this today on a site which had various meanings of flowers-
"In Buddhism, the lotus flower is the symbol of purity, faithfulness and
spiritual awakening. The flower lifts itself from the dirt and mud of its
surroundings, which represents the act of rising above the water of desire and
attachment, which is the key for achieving spiritual enlightenment.
Though the flower has its root in the mud, it grows upward in the direction of light,
which represents the aspiration to rise above and move towards the light. In
other words, the flower stands for the journey from the darkness, represented
by the muddy pond, to the light of knowledge or wisdom”.

I love lotus flowers.

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