I’m on a lotus flower kick right now. I want candle holders, framed photographs of lotus flowers, wall decor for my bathroom, etc… all inspired by the Lotus Flower.
From ancient times the lotus has been a divine symbol in Hindu tradition. It is often used as an example of divine beauty, for example Vishnu is often described as the ‘Lotus-Eyed One’. Its unfolding petals suggest the expansion of the soul. The growth of its pure beauty from the mud of its origin holds a benign spiritual promise.
Apparently the flower’s roots grow and extend into the muddy waters of ponds and river bottoms. The leaves and flowers, however, grow well above the surface. In fact the petals never touch the water’s surface.
He who proceeds in this life and performs to the very best of ability, yearning to be one with God is unaffected by sin and will find peace in his heart. Just as the lotus flower grows beyond and expands away from the water’s surface, we too must grow beyond and expand our minds and bodies toward deeper truths and experiences.
Yoga is therefore not an activity or sport, but rather a way of life. Through mindful and physical movements, we are able to realize truths. Truths about ourself, our beliefs in God, our desires toward enlightenment and a way to become more peaceful beings.
4 years ago
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