Weekly Photo Challenge: Renewal

Renewal: The Divine Lotus

Bali Lotus - Renewal

Lotus Flower, Bali

Lotus flowers are considered sacred within Hindu and Buddhist beliefs and are associated with renewal. The spiritual symbolism of the lotus is that it only grows in murky waters and it rises through the water to flower. At night the lotus flower closes and goes underwater only to rise up, renewed, at dawn.

Lotus painting

Lotus painting from a Chinese cabinet.

lotus palette

Lotus colour palette from http://www.design-seeds.com

Gautama Buddha: “As a lotus flower is born in water, grows in water and rises out of water to stand above it unsoiled, so I, born in the world, raised in the world having overcome the world, live unsoiled by the world”.

This a response to the Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: Renewal

54 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Renewal

      • Veronica Roth says:

        They grow in the glass house in Kew, although I do know a few gardeners who grow them outside in Vancouver in the summer. I imagine in England too because we have such similar climates. πŸ™‚

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