White Lotus Flower
A look at the symbolism and meanings associated with the white Lotus Flower.
The white Lotus has long been symbolic in Hinduism and Buddhism. It is very easy to see why this is the case as it is a beautiful flower, which usually emerges in a pristine condition from the murkiest of waters.
In Buddhism the different colors of the lotus are associated with different stages of the spiritual journey. For instance a Lotus of blue symbolizing someone who has started their spiritual journey behind by leaving the concept of ‘self’ behind. The pink is the one reserved for enlightenment of the highest order and is associated with the highest deity, the Buddha.
The white lotus flower on the other hand sits at a stage between these two and is associated with the state of bodhi; that of becoming awakened to the wonders of it all. When one reaches this state it is said that one has mental purity and has reached a state of spiritual perfection. In addition to this the white lotus flower also has a few further meanings as it is considered to be the womb of the world. Additionally it is linked with the pacification of one’s own nature.
The White Lotus Flower and it’s association with Hinduism
In the religion of Hinduism the white lotus flower is associated with beauty and the state of non-attachment; therefore it is closer related to its meaning in Buddhism as opposed to Egyptology (where the Lotus, usually the blue one, is associated with re-birth and the Sun). Furthermore the white lotus flower symbolism is often associated with the divine Gods and Goddesses of India, and it is often depicted as growing from the naval of Vishnu; Brahma sits on top of the Lotus and from there He carries out the order of Vishnu to create the world.
The central heart of the Lotus also has a symbolic meaning as it is thought to be pure, therefore people of good heart and soul should strive to reach the beauty of the fully opened white Lotus flower heart.