- From the Sanskrit ‘padma’ meaning “lotus” and ‘ja’ meaning “born” or “of”
Literally translated ‘of the lotus,’ or ‘lotus-born’
The lotus flower has been revered as a sacred symbol by many cultures throughout history. The ancient Egyptians worshipped it; the Chinese believed it powerful; as did the Mayans of Yucatan (Mexico); and most notably in India, where it is closely associated with Hinduism and Buddhism.
The lotus flower represents:
- knowledge (real knowledge that comes from life experience), wisdom and enlightenment;
- spirituality, divinity and purity;
- wealth (both material and spiritual), prosperity, abundance and generosity;
- beauty, fertility and ever-renewing youth.
The lotus is formed from the five natural elements – earth, water, fire, air and space. It germinates in the mud at the bottom of a body of water and pushes itself up through the darkness, striving toward the light of the sun. Having broken through the surface to the clean, crisp air, it blooms into a flower of rare beauty. Its petals unfurl each morning to bathe in the sunlight and close to rest in the evening. The lotus’ journey is comparable to the human evolution of consciousness – our need to discover the spiritual aspects of our life and embrace our life purpose. We rise above our fears, conditioning, limiting beliefs and experience to awaken, or achieve enlightenment; blossoming in our own unique talents to gift something of exquisite beauty to the world.
The Vedic scriptures say the atma, or soul, resides within the lotus flower in our hearts. By journeying within, we learn to understand our experiences from our soul’s perspective and can begin to consciously co-create our life with Soul.
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