> The Lotus, the national flower of India, is a symbol of supreme reality.
> the lotus flower is a symbol of awakening to the spiritual reality of life in Hinduism and Buddhism.
> The lotus grows in fresh water ponds and lakes and in semitropical climates. It blossoms gradually and magnificently – one petal at a time and reaches full bloom when the rays of the sun kiss the flower.
> The lotus is edible and has many curative properties; its use in traditional Asian medicine is as old as history.
> The flower is used to brew lotus teas, which relieves cardiac complications and helps to stop bleeding.
> Lotuses are 5 species of water lilies, three in the genus Nymphaea and two in Nelumbo; both genera are members of the water-lily family, Nymphaea lotus, the Egyptian white lotus, is believed to be the original sacred lotus of ancient Egypt.
> Lotus has a message to convey to humans. Although, lotus is an archetype of beauty, it symbolises non-attachment. In his essay “The Secret of Work”, Swami Vivekananda opines, “Just as water cannot wet the lotus leaf, so work cannot bind the unselfish man by giving rise to attachment to results.” Even though the lotus is rooted in mud, it continues to float on the water without becoming wet or muddy. This aspect of the lotus dictates how humans ought to live in this world – work incessantly but be not attached to the work and to the surroundings. It also reveals, “This world is not our habitation but one of many stages through which we are passing through.” The Bhagavad Gita says, “One who performs his duty without attachment, surrendering the results onto the Supreme Lord, is unaffected by sinful action, as the lotus leaf is untouched by water.”