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The Lotus Flower April 30, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Life Balance, Nature.

Yesterday, we bought a painting of a Blue Lotus . . . gently unfolding.  We hung our purchase above the sofa as a reminder to stay in the moment and let the path unfold before us. 

This morning, inspired by the painting, I researched the Lotus Flower and its symbolism in the Buddhist religion and learned: 

The roots of a lotus are in the mud, the stem grows up through the water, and the heavily scented flower lies pristinely above the water, basking in the sunlight.

This pattern of growth signifies the progress of the soul from the primeval mud of materialism, through the waters of experience, and into the bright sunshine of enlightenment. 

According to another scholar, “the heart of the being is like an unopened lotus: when the virtues of the Buddha develop therein, the lotus blossoms.”

Excerpts from: The Lotus Symbol in Buddhism.

The color of the lotus impacts the symbolism associated with it:

White Lotus:  A state of spiritual perfection and total mental purity.

Pink Lotus: The supreme lotus, reserved for the highest deity ~ the Great Buddha himself.

Red Lotus: The original nature and purity of the heart ~ the lotus of love, compassion, and passion.

Blue Lotus: The victory of Spirit over the senses ~ true inner wisdom and knowledge. 

Ahh . . . a Blue Lotus, symbolizing the victory of spirit over the senses . . . and the dawning of inner wisdom. 

What a wonderful symbol to have hanging in our living room. 

And, now, for a surprising twist to our tale ~ turns out the painting we purchased yesterday is an Agave Flower, not a Blue Lotus! 

The Agave Flower, a succulent, grows in the desert, not in the mud beneath ponds. 

And . . . it has thorns!

Rather than being dismayed by this turn of events, I’m delighted.

Not only will the new painting remind me to let life unfold . . . 

It will also remind me to bloom where I’m planted . . .

And embrace all with joy!   


Agave Flower by Jill Barton


1. Loreen Lee - April 30, 2010

Just found another gift for my daughter someone put out on their lawn. A book on Zen, in which the art is the expression of the caligraphy, and the saying associated with it. The word is the art here. Solves my problem with finding her a gift for next Christmas. But interesting, eh. Could the English language, i.e. graphics be a form of art like this? Just one of my rhetorical questions………

2. nrhatch - April 30, 2010

Wow! Way to get your Christmas shopping done early . . . and at bargain prices. : )

Words definitely can be an art form.

3. Tammy McLeod - May 1, 2010

love the agave picture. Here in AZ I have a few varieties in my yard. And although I’ve never made it from scratch, they are the source of a sweetener (tequila too). Blooming where you are planted is one of my favorite phrases – it’s about building community.

4. nrhatch - May 1, 2010

My sister is on a special diet for lyme disease ~ no sugar, but she can use blue agave sweetener. I’ve had blue agave tequila! And blue margaritas! : )

It’s a cool painting. And the colors are perfect ~ blues, teals, greens, etc. Thanks for dropping by, Tammy!

5. cindy - July 30, 2010

I think it is perfect that you found the blue lotus (even if it is an agave) and only afterwards found the meaning.
Love this post.

nrhatch - July 30, 2010

It looks just like the agave in your garden plot, over which Mary is standing guard (while waiting for the rains to arrive). ; )

6. Naomi - September 13, 2010

Exquisite post, Nancy. I didn’t know the associations of the colours – lovely to learn about that, thank you. Also love your Agave Flower! Namaste 🙂

nrhatch - September 13, 2010

Thanks, Naomi.

I’m wondering if water lilies are related to the lotus? I’ll have to do some digging (or splashing) around.

7. ElizOF - March 23, 2011

Excellent post! I chuckled at the Agave revelation… You are funny and I agree; let’s all bloom wherever we are planted. 🙂

nrhatch - March 23, 2011

Thought you might enjoy this.

Everytime I see the painting it reminds me that I don’t know as much as I think I do. 😉

8. Pocket Perspectives - January 9, 2012

Nancy, the agave/blue lotus painting is just lovely…it’s beautiful!
On the door from our garage to the house, there’s a calendar photo of a pink lotus, with a sign above it that says “home sweet home”….both have been there for many many years, long before I knew about the symbolism of lotus flowers…but lotuses (loti? : ) ) are so lovely.

nrhatch - January 9, 2012

I got such a kick out of discovering that my blue lotus wasn’t a lotus at all.

Love that you have a pink lotus greeting you Home Sweet Home.

9. Pocket Perspectives - January 9, 2012

Nancy, I was just over at Creating Reciprocity…and saw what you had written “I admire the radiance of inner peace . . . like that exhibited by the Dalai Lama.I admire crinkled eyes, twinkling with merriment, and kind smiles. I admire people who exude loving kindness and compassion.”…
I wrote that your words describe what I too admire… and that I was with someone like that …an older Tibetan monk/lama Saturday morning…of the generation of the Dalai Lama…this monk was like that, with the most wonderful smile, kindness and twinkle in his eye…and I was happy to receive his twinkling, happy, encouraging smile… ..a lovely lovely human being. ( he once spoke, gently and lovingly, to me about patience, after I expressed my frustration about developing it…and, strangely enough, I became much more patient quite quickly…although a long way still to go)

Isn’t it funny when something you think is one thing…like a blue lotus…turns out to be something else… : )

nrhatch - January 10, 2012

That’s so cool, Kathy. The Dalai Lama is smiling at me from my nightstand ~ from the cover of “An Open Heart.”

I think that when we let go of the Ego concerns we’ve been encouraged to pursue (fame, fortune, status, power) . . . our smiles (and patience) return along with our loving kindness and compassion.

It’s ironic when we grow “impatient” to become patient. 😉

10. spilledinkguy - January 12, 2012

Very cool!
And all the more interesting with the back-story, too!
Thanks for linking this post up for me, Nancy!

nrhatch - January 12, 2012

You’re welcome. Glad that you asked me about the painting. It’s one of my favorites.

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