Saturday, July 23, 2016

The Beautiful Meaning of the Lotus Flower

A few years back I made a necklace with a silver lotus flower pendant.  I accented the pendant with small white pearls and attached it to a sterling silver chain.  A customer saw the necklace on my website and really liked it.  She purchased it and after she received the necklace she asked me to make a matching bracelet and a pair of earrings to go with the necklace.  I was so happy that she liked my work!  We emailed back and forth for a while and she told me she had always been interested in the symbolism of the lotus flower.  I had always admired the beauty of the flower but didn't know really anything about them.  Her interest in the symbolism of the flower inspired me to do a little online research.  At that point, I decided to share what I had discovered in a blog post.  The post was well received so I decided to add it to my new blog here.

The lotus flower is an Asian water lily that bears delicate white flowers.  The flower opens every morning and closes each night.  It is the only plant that can fruit and flower at the same time.

In Buddhism, the lotus flower can represent many things.  Different colors, stage of growth and where the flower grows can all represent different things.  It is a symbol of purity, faithfulness and enlightenment.

According to the Buddhist, the lotus flower represents a symbol of fortune.  The most literal meaning is the rise and bloom of enlightenment.  Lotus flowers grow in muddy water.  So the muddy water represents our enlightenment or correct path in life.

I mentioned that color is important and can represent different things according to Buddhism.  White flowers refer to purity of mind and spirit.  Blue flowers represent common sense.  A red bloom refers to compassion and love.  Representing the history of Buddha and the historical legends of the Buddha is the pink lotus flower.  A purple flower represents mysticism and spirituality.  A gold flower represents all achievement of all enlightenment.

A closed lotus flower represents the time before a Buddhist follower found enlightenment.  A full bloom represents self-awareness and full enlightenment.  The flower can represent rebirth.  This could be an acceptance of Buddha, a change of ideas or the ability to see past wrongs.

I found this beautiful quote while doing my research that I would like to share with you here.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

"If you feel lost, disappointed, hesitant, or weak, return to yourself, to who you are, here and now and when you get there, you will discover yourself, like a lotus flower in full bloom, even in a muddy pond, beautiful and strong." - Masaru Emoto, The Secret Life of Water

If you are interested in purchasing a silver lotus flower necklace, please visit my shop at Blonde Peach Jewelry on Etsy.