Emerging and rising above the mud, the lotus flower opens and expands its petals to the light of the sun, revealing its awesome beauty and purity.

It’s no wonder that the symbol of the lotus plays a central role in Asian spiritual teachings, including in the Buddhist, Hindu and Jain faiths – it is the perfect analogy for the spiritual truth that beauty and purity are present in all things. The Confucian scholar Zhou Dunyi once said, “I love the lotus because while growing from mud, it is unstained.”

As the lotus flower rises above the life-giving muddy waters below, it stands for the transcendence of the mundane world – the existence of a higher spiritual life, still intricately connected to our physical world.

The lotus represents the union of the four elements – earth, water, air and fire – as an expression of perfection. Its roots are embedded in the earth, it thrives in the water, its leaves rise above the water exposed to the air and its flowers open only in the presence of the fiery sun.

May that we all find inspiration and gain wisdom from the lotus, to realise how perfect everything really is, and to become aware of our often hidden, higher, perfect selves.

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